I am 42 years old...
Psa 2.4 11/03
Psa 2.57 8/06
Psa 2.75 7/07
PSa 2.75 2/3
4 out of 52 or 56 cores depending on who you ask.
All cores "small focus" or 2% to 5% from original pathologist.
Gleason 6 from Epstien and local pathologist.
I had my slides read at Ohio State University and they said they were in conclusive. They had to send them to Johns Hopkins.
I was told from Dr. Partin that Gleason 6 was a default score and they don't go any lower then that.
Dr. Partin said "small focus" meant there was one cell in each slide.
I don't know how they can see or find one cell and how they can then grade it.
Anyway, none of this means anything because nobody can predict this cancer with any degree of accuracy.....I am just pissing in the wind with all of this. I will get it removed and hold my breath every day for as long as I have left until recurrence happens....
You seem pretty down, Chris,
I went back and read all of your posts and I feel for you. But you can, and will, beat this. Think of those kids when you feel down. I know that in a moment of blues I do and it helps. Your numbers point to that group in the good. There are many that have had this disease and walk away fine. I have many examples, including my best buddies dad. He had the disease at 49 and he is approaching 80. And that was on old technology. I tell you this because after I found out at 44, I was scared and did not know how I was going to deal with this. The fact is that I can't explain why I don't get down more about it. Everytime I tried putting a smile on and go to the next phase, I'd get knocked down again. But I didn't stay down long. I would like to have sent you an EM first, but I can reach out this way. If you ever need anything, you are welcome to send me an EM. I certainly Hope you can stay positive. Not just to help you but those kids too. You are going to beat this, and you will be the more wiser for it.
God Bless You. And be well,