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Prostate Cancer

What Do the Numbers Mean?

01/06/2010

Question:

I was just told my dad had his testes removed because the prostate cancer has spread to the bone. My main concern are the numbers. I was told that a year ago my dad was at grade 29 and now it has radically increased to 300. What exactly does this mean? How bad is it? Thank you in advance for your help.

Answer:

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by grade 29, as there is no such thing. My guess is you are referring to his PSA level which is a protein in the blood produced from the prostate which is used as a measure of the activity of prostate cancer. A PSA of 300 is high and certainly needs attention for management.

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Response by:

Lee E Ponsky, MD Lee E Ponsky, MD
Associate Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University