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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Recurrencia bioquímica

Biochemical recurrence (BY-oh-KEH-mih-kul ree-KUR-ents)
A rise in the blood level of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) in prostate cancer patients after treatment with surgery or radiation. Biochemical recurrence may occur in patients who do not have symptoms. It may mean that the cancer has come back. Also called biochemical relapse and PSA failure.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.