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   Posted 4/13/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 54 years old and otherwise in excellent health, I was diagnosed two days ago with p.c. I had a twelve needle biopsy done and they had 5 hits for cancer, 4 had a Gleason of 3+3=6 and one was 4+4=8.  I am scheduled for a bone scan, CT scan and chest x-ray tomorrow.  Obviously the concern is that the cancer may have already gotten out of the "box". 
My PSA has been between 5.5 and 4.0 over the last few months, actually trending down.
I keep reading about the % of cancer in the biopsy, I wasn't presented with this info. on my diagnosis, obviously it sounds very important, can someone educate me a little.
Is there anyone out there with Gleason scores like mine and if so what road have you taken?
I'm scared but ready to do battle.

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   Posted 4/13/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 4/13/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   


Hello Friend,

Sorry your hear but glad you came.  I am a healthy 54 and in pretty good shape.  I had DaVinci March 27th and am healing just fine.  Starting back to work full time tomorrow.  Desk and light work only.

I had a 10 needle biopsy that had only one needle with cancer and 1% of that one needle had cancer.  I was staged as a T1C Gleaseon 6.  If you choose surgery you will have a post operative look at whats going on.  My Gleason went from 6 to 7 and my cancer was encapsulated and was 10% of the prostate.

As far as what a biopsy reveals regarding %'s I can only tell you that I have seen equal stories where the cancer was equal to and lessor or greater than what was indicated. There are other tests that can show more maybe but your Doctor can assist you better with that.

If I may recomend that you get informed.  This site is wonderful source as well as the American Cancer Society ( and the National Cancer Institue. is another site too.

Stay with us.  There will be many other members who will be along to give you some good advice and support.  I keep in close touch with several guys or their wifes from this site who share surgery dates and we share notes. 

Dont make quick uniformed decisions.  Get good information and act on it.  I was concerned that I was too early in acting on mine but after post op I learned that mine was a little more agressive and a little larger in size.  Yours may be nothing like mine.  If you learn one thing it is that this disease is user specific for sure.

God Bless



Diagnosed 01-08-08 @ 53 years old 
DRE normal - 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
clinicalg 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  normaly 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, 1 positve margin  going to meet with oncologist to discuss treatment options if any at this time.

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   Posted 4/13/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
The percentage of cancer in the biopsy only represents the amount of that particular sample involved with ca, not representative of the entire prostate. The percentage of total glandular involvement can only be determined post op upon direct examination of the entire prostate by the pathologist. This said, my MD stated that the higher % in the biopsy samples correlates to higher % in the entire gland. Also, did your report mention perineural invasion, another indicator of more serious disease?

46 you when diagnosed, now 47
Pre-Op PSA 9.9
1 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3
DaVinci on 9/5/2007
Post-Op Gleason 3+6, Negative Nodes and Margins
Less than 1% of prostate involved with CA
3 Month PSA 0.01, 6 Month PSA 0.01
Incontinence resolved 9/15/2007, one day after cath removal
ED showing significant improvement, more notable over last month
with Viagra 100 mg.
Success with BiMix

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   Posted 4/13/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   

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RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

4th PSA 2-13-2008 (23 months) Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

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