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Cancer

Question
Posted by: Marie | 2019/02/06

Q.

Psa bloodtest a marker for all types of cancer

My husband had prostate cancer. His prostate was removed with robot surgery in 2017. The cancer was in the prostate only and was successfully removed with no longterm complications: no erectile dysfunction. He has the psa bloodtest every three months. Is this test a marker for all types of cancer?

Expert's Reply

A.

Cancer expert
- 2019/02/07

Dear Mari, the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test is a blood test used to indicate possible problems with the Prostate. It is not a marker for all types of cancer. It is also not a specific marker only for Prostate Cancer. An increased PSA result (higher than 4) is usually an indication that there is possibly a problem with the Prostate that needs investigation. The 'problem' can be inflammation of the Prostate (prostatitis) or Prostate Cancer. (MCH).

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