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dkob131
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/14/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a little confused, maybe someone can help me out. If the cancer has gotten out of the porstrate and moved into the lymph nodes or the bones, is there a cure or is it just a waiting game?
 
I'm going in for my CT scan, bone scan and chest x-ray in about an hour.
 
David

Frank1205
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 308
   Posted 4/14/2008 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   

dkob,

Good morning.  I dont have a direct answer to your question but I can let you know what I was told for my case. 

I was first a gleason 6 T1C, cancer with a small percentage showing up in the needle sticks.  All three surgeons I interviewed said I had a 1% chance of it being in the lymph nodes.  Two University Docs said no way to take them out and the family Doc said he would take them out.  He planned on being very very aggresive as a standard protocol.

As far as the term cure you will hear it used in many different ways.  Some say cure, some say remission. some say in treatment.  This whole process is a chain of events with the more you do the more you learn. With surgery there is pre and post op conditions and plans.  Mine was to take it out and get a "cure".  Now with one bad margin we look for PSA levels and then think what to do next if there are any PSA levels (cure maybe not).  With out the bad margin we would do the same thing, check PSA at 6 weeks and 3 months and so on.  Now I have heard others reference that if no PSA in 5 years that they were cured?  Others I heard say that only surgery can, not always, provide a cure but all the other treatments are just that treatments.

I am sorry to say but there aren't many direct answers I have found.  One that I know too well is PSA doubling is important before surgery and is fairly accurate.  PSA leveals after surgery are very accurate in determining subsequent treatment or not.

Also,  why dont you go to the control panel at top left and at the bottom do a short history of your situation.  Others look at that and contact you for they are ofter similar like you did. You can see a sample of mine below.

Take care I hope this helps a little.

Frank

 

 

 


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.
 


Swimom
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 1732
   Posted 4/14/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
David,

You are correct. If the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, PCa is not cured, but rather managed as a chronic cancer. So many men, too many to count, do very well for a long time. Decades are possible. I know a few in their 13th+ year and still living large. Hang in there David. Good luck with the tests.

swim
 


dkob131
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 364
   Posted 4/14/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys, your support means an awful lot to me. Frank I took your advice and added to my profile it should pop up on my next post.

David
 54 y.o.
 Diagnosed 4/10/08
 DRE Normal
 PSA-4.1
 Biopsy- 12 cores, 4 positive highest 4+4=8
 Bone scan, CT scan, Chest X-Ray 4-14 results in 2 days I'll post them when I receive them.

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