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How do doctors monitor prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels?

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Your doctor will track how quickly your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels change over time. It can be a sign of how extensive and aggressive your cancer is. Your doctor will also consider other things, including your PSA levels before you had cancer, your overall health, and whether you've had radiation therapy, which can raise your PSA levels for up to 2 years.

SOURCES:

Urology Care Foundation: "Prostate Cancer Testing," "Advanced Prostate Cancer."

The Prostate Cancer Charity: "Recurrent Prostate Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "Following PSA levels during and after treatment."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 13, 2020

SOURCES:

Urology Care Foundation: "Prostate Cancer Testing," "Advanced Prostate Cancer."

The Prostate Cancer Charity: "Recurrent Prostate Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "Following PSA levels during and after treatment."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 13, 2020

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