I was told Friday that I had one positive margin but the cancer was incapsulated.. How can that be? I was told that I had a very unusual place for a postive margin, described as distal at the penis. Now after considerable research I believe they mean at the bottom of the prostate and research indicates that the five year good PSA is only 56% good.
Now my Doc says I still have an 86% of being cancer free. I also read that a positive margin means surgery failure. Man, I did not know that. All the Surgeons I interviewed stated their clear margins were 5% or less. I now believe I read that DaVinci is positive margins 35-45 % and open a little less.
I am trying to stay positive but I am feeling better from surgery everyday and I guess I am getting fiesty.
Anyone have knowledge of a positive distal marging and where by the cancer is considered contained or encapsulated.
diagnosed 01-08-08 53 years old
High PSA for 5 or more years
2004 Biospy negative
2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
Current PSA 6
Bone and Ct scans negative
Staged at T1C
Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago
5 hour surgery , 3 hour recovery
Unexpected Cardiac issues appear and disappear?
Hospital stay 30 hours
Catheter out in 7 days expected leakage
Erectile funtion back on line 9 days
Post Pathology T2C, Gleason 7, 10 % of both portions of prostate, Seminal vessels clear, fat tissue clear,Tumor on bottom of prostate distal, 1 positve margin distal at urethra, going to meet with oncologist to discuss treatment options if any at this time.