What are the treatment protocols for prostate cancer following biochemical recurrence?

Updated: Dec 29, 2020
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: E Jason Abel, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Approximately 20-30% of patients treated with intent for cure will have biochemical recurrence, which most commonly manifests as a rising PSA level. [22, 23]

  • Biopsy of the prostatic bed is usually not recommended unless the patient is a candidate for salvage therapy

  • Monitor PSA, alkaline phosphatase, and calcium every 6 months to determine whether the doubling time is less than 1 year


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