Glossary Term:

Title

biochemical failure

Phonetic

<b>by</b>-o-<b>KEM</b>-ih-kull

Description

a term sometimes used by doctors to describe a significant rise in PSA (prostate-specific antigen) after prostate cancer treatment, which is a sign that cancer may have come back. There may be many years between a rise in PSA and being able to find the cancer by other means. See also primary therapy, prostate-specific antigen, recurrence.