Hi Joe,there is a good chance that the surgeon has removed everything from the prostate bed, your post-op PSA will tell the tale, depending on that, you may have to undergo radiation to clean up anything that was left, my surgeon told me that if any cells have escaped, they are almost in all cases, confined to the prostate bed, and the radiation kills them......and then they say "in most cases" which covers thier backsides, but leaves you hanging out for that PSA!! I will know on 30th April where I stand.
All the best to you.
age 67 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7 right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
RP on 30th July,
Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck, free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.
Post op PSA 0.5 26th Sept.
PSA 23rd Oct.0.5 seeing Radiation Onocologist 31st Oct.
PSA 0.5 23rd October. Started radiation treatment on 5th Dec, to continue until 24 Jan. 08.
Finished treatment, next PSA on 30th April.