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   Posted 4/8/2008 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All. I have just got my path report and am gleason 3 = 3, but show 2 small positive margins. My doctor though seems optomistic and feels a 80% chance of nothing coming of this. From all my readings on +sm it states a significant drop is followup success rates. Maybe 50% or so in 5 years. If anyone has similar data regarding path report, please let me know your doctors opinion. Obviously they all wait till first psa test. Mine is in June 2008.

per op gleason 6, psa 2.5 Left lobe involve. 4/12 core posotive.

post op. gleason 3 = 3 left side involve, slight area right side. 2 POSITIVE MARGINS.


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   Posted 4/8/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   

I had a positive margin --- my doc told me that it was all in the PSA post surgery.   We checked it quite often --- my PSA DID rise about 5 months later, and that's when I went to the radiation oncologist.

I did a lot of reading in the mean time --- there are a lot of guys with positive margins that don't have a recurrence --- but it CAN suggest some cancer got left behind that can successfully be treated with salvage radiation.   I read some studies where some advocate radiation with a positive margin BEFORE the PSA rise ---- I would guess other factors (gleason, PSA before surgery, etc) come into play on that decision.  I came to the conclusin that I would radiate at the first PSA reading north of .2 ---- which is what I did, along with 6 months of hormone therapy.

So far so good 2 years post dx...hope this helps...GOOD LUCK!  

Age 47 - pre-surgury PSA 39
Open Radical Prostatectomy 6/9/2006
Pathological Stage T3a, Positive Surgical Margin
Gleason 3+4
PSA rose to .24 in November of 2006
6 month hormone therapy initiated December 1. 2006
36 sessions of IMRT Ended Feb 1, 2007
PSA as of May 25, 2007 undetectable
PSA as of November 29, 2007 undetectable
Next PSA May of 2008

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