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Prostate Cancer

How Long Can I Wait for Surgery After a PSA Test?

04/04/2005

Question:

I am 47. I have a Gleason score of 3+3 and PSA of 10. The doctor said I should not wait more than a month to get surgery. Do you think it is safe to wait 6 months or more. I heard prostate cancer is a slow disease.

Answer:

You have time to consider your options.  Typically there is a three month interval between diagnosis (biopsy) and treatment whether it be surgery or radiation therapy.

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Response by:

Martin I Resnick, MD Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University