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Immediate radiation when PSA levels spike after prostate cancer surgery helps reduce risk of recurrence

By: Charlie Schmidt, Editor, Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Disease Following surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland, some men experience a biochemical recurrence, meaning that prostate-specific antigen (PSA) has become detectable in their blood. Since only the prostate releases PSA, removing the gland should drop this protein to undetectable levels in the body. Detecting PSA could signify that prostate cancer cells are lingering, and forming new tumors before they can be…

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