Take a deep breath..... When I found out about my positive margins, about one year ago, I felt like I was kicked right in the mouth. I wanted despartly to forget about this cancer and just have checkups every six months or so. Honestly, I probably wouldn't be reading this forum as frequently as I do, if that had been the case. What will be will be, and I have dealt with the situation I am in. As you can see by my signature line, I ended up getting adjuvant radiation therapy when my PSA rose to .08, before the reoccurance level, but when something was still there. My doctors showed me studies that indicated RT within the first year for those with positive margins will decrease the percentage of reoccurance. One year after surgery and three months following RT, my PSA is 0, and my attitude has improved tremendously.
I was very happy that I chose surgery, so that I had the second option after finding the positive margins. Be thankful that you know how much cancer you have, and you have additional therapy available to you! You will find a number of us on this forum who are in the same boat, so keep logging on and listen to your heart and doctors.
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