As you can see by my signature, I also went from a stage T1 to T3. Biopsies prior to surgery are not exact - the only way to really tell how much cancer you have is by removing it. Even at 3 months, when my number was .01, my docs were discussing adjuvant radiation therapy, since I had the positive margins. Two studies have shown that if RT is done within the first year following surgery for those with positive margins, the incidence of reoccurance is reduced. After recording a .08 three months later, I went for the RT, together with hormone therapy as well. (The hormones will weaken any pc cells, so the RT can kill them.) Now I'm at 0 and hopeful that all the leftover cells are dead. The only thing is that the RT probably destroyed any nerves that my surgeon sparred, but I'll take the 0's!!! My insurance covered it all, so I'm happy about that.
Hang in there!
Age 57 at diagnosis, PSA 4.7 (up from 3.2 one year ago)
Biopsy November 8, 2006 1 of 10 cores positive 5% LEFT Side Gleason 3+3
Robotic surgery January 19, 2007
Post Surgery Pathology Stage T3a, Gleason 3+4, positive margins and capsular penetration RIGHT Side
Post Surgery PSA: March 5: 0.01
5 month PSA, June 13, 2007: 0.08
Adjuvant therapy began June 26 with Zoladex injection
Radiation began August 23, ended October 8
First post radiation PSA, December 18, 2007: 0