What does PSA mean?
PSA stands for prostate-specific antigen. We use a PSA Total test from Quest Diagnostics. This is a single-marker test measuring prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. It can be used as a tumor marker for the early detection of prostate cancer and in other areas of prostate disease management.
A functional range for PSA Total is <4. Anything above that is considered a high PSA. See the sidebar/orange call-out to learn about functional reference ranges.
A conventional range for PSA Total is also <4. More often than not, our functional medicine ranges are different from conventional medicine. But not here.
The difference with our functional medicine approach is what we then do when we see a high PSA level.
How we identify the root cause of high PSA, and then follow through with our personalized treatment protocol recommendations are both vastly different from conventional mainstream medicine care.
When looking at the health of a male, and more specifically the health of their prostate, we can utilize many different points of data, along with PSA, to get a more comprehensive and complete picture of what is going on in the body, and what may be contributing to an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer.
In addition to PSA, we are often pulling lab panels which look at:
- Blood sugars (glucose levels)
- A full male hormone panel
- Comprehensive thyroid panel
- Nutrient markers
- How a man is metabolizing his hormones
- Overall toxic load in the body
- Circulating tumor cells (CTCs), if there is a suspicion or previous diagnosis of cancer
In contrast, conventional medicine, and even other alternative medicine practices are typically only looking at CBC with differential, PSA Free and Total. That’s it!