October 2, 2014

   A Publication of the James Buchanan Brady
   Urological Institute Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Volume I, Spring 1988

PSA (PROSTATIC SPECIFIC ANTIGEN) A NEW AND EXCITING TEST FOR FOLLOW-UP CARE

Over the last year, a new test has become available that will be most useful in follow-up evaluations. Prostatic specific antigen (PSA) is a protein that is made only by the prostate. This protein can be measured by a blood test. The protein is not present in women nor should it be present in patients who have undergone removal of the prostate. Following radical prostatectomy, if there is a significant level of PSA in the blood, this suggests that there-must be residual cancer cells which may require further treatment. In follow-up evaluations, please have your physician perform this test.

 

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