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Prostate cancer & Rising PSA levels
Posted by: Gary
Date: February 18, 2002 1:56 AM

I had radical prostate surgery in 1988. The cancer was contained and had not spread outside my prostate. Since then I have been cancer free. I have seen my doctor every year for a checkup and, recently, every 6 months because my PSA has gradually increased. In the last 6 months it has increased from 0.9 to 1.1. I have been taking DHEA and HGH. The DHEA has helped me control my diabetes and the HGH was to keep me young. I am 64 years old. My urologist told me to stop taking both because he felt this was causing my PSA level to rise and the cancer could reoccur. He said I should "act my age" and didn't need to take the HGH. Do you think taking the DHEA and HGH would make my PSA rise? Is it possible for the cancer to return?



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RE: Prostate cancer & Rising PSA levels
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 20, 2002 3:57 AM

PSA levels vary up and down. A 1.1 is nothing to be concerned about. Upper limit of normal is 4.0. I know of no evidence to back up the claim that DHEA or HGH elevates PSA or provokes a recurrence of prostate cancer. Of course there is no law against a second cancer occurring in the same organ, but if it does that does not mean it was provoked by DHEA or HGH. If your urologist believes this, ask him to produce published research to back it up or be quiet and let you grow young. (Tell him he is welcome to act his own age but you prefer yourself a few years younger.) There is gathering evidence that increasing levels of Di-Hydro-Testosterone (DHT) (which occurs with age) have something to do with not only benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) (that is certain) and male pattern hair loss (also certain), but also the incidence of prostate cancer. Proscar is an enzyme inhibitor which lowers DHT levels (by blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT), thus increases your own natural levels of testosterone, decreases BPH, stops hair loss, and restores muscle mass. Taking 5 mg. per day for life is not a bad anti-aging maneuver and it may also help prevent prostate cancer, although the consensus on that has not yet fully developed. One may not choose to wait for the final verdict to come in before using Proscar.



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