Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Total, Serum
- Reporting Time:
- 6 Hrs
- Specimen Type:
- Home Collection:
- No special preparation required
To screen men for prostate cancer, to monitor the treatment and/or to detect recurrence of prostate cancer.
When there are symptoms such as painful urination, difficulty or frequent urination, as a screening test or when suspecting prostatic cancer and to monitor the effectiveness of treatment in prostate cancer.
1. What are the treatment options for prostate cancer?
The most common treatments include radiation, hormone therapy, and surgery.
2. Will PSA testing detect all prostate cancers?
No. In some cases, the cancer cells do not produce much PSA and the test will be negative even when prostate cancer is present.
3. Should every man have a PSA test?
In general, if a person has symptoms that may indicate a prostate problem, then PSA testing is recommended. Otherwise, testing and the timing of the test are left to the discretion of the individual and the physician.