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After many years of psa testing 2 biopsies showing only inflammation and 2 MRI scans. My husband was put on finasteride 1 year ago. At the time we lived in London and were told by the urologist that he only needed to be referred back to the hospital if his psa rose 20% above the reading when the MRI scan was performed this was 38 which 2 weeks later went down to 30. We moved up to North West England 1 year ago since then both psa test results were 23 and 26. Today after being referred back to urology for another reason the consultant said that when taking finasteride you should double the psa result to get the correct reading which would make the latest result 26x2 == 52. We were never told that and we have a letter from the hospital to gp stating measure psa 6months then annually and only refer back if the psa goes 20/% above the presenting level of 38. Naturally we are now worried. He is waiting now for a bone and MRI scan and possible biopsy. We go back in 4 weeks to get results and to let the consultant see all the letters and MRI results we have so he can see the whole picture. Has any one else been told to double the psa result when taking finasteride. He is 71 with type2 diabetes,asthma/copd and arthritis but he is overweight. The consultant said sometimes an enlarged prostate can cause these high readings but they would be looking for cancer with this result.
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