What does a recurrence of prostate cancer mean?
A recurrence means that the prostate cancer has not been cured by your first treatment. Your doctor will still see signs of prostate cancer cells. Usually after surgery to remove the prostate, PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels in the blood decrease and eventually become almost undetectable. After radiation therapy, PSA levels usually drop to a stable and low level. If PSA levels begin to rise at any time after treatment, a recurrence may be occurring and you'll need more testing.
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