Stage 2 Prostate Cancer

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fancyone
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   Posted 8/25/2008 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
sad  Hello, my ex-husband has stage 2 prostate cancer and it has spread to his intestines. He's not doing well I hear. Can someone please tell me more info. All the websites I have researched are confusing to me and we have a teenage son I need to explain all this to...please help me... Thanks so much.

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 8/25/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Fancy,
And welcome to the site nobody wants to join.  Unfortunaltely, stage 2 prostate cancer is cancer that has not spread outside the prostate.  So if he has spread to intestines he is stage 4.  It is very rare that PC spreads there first, but it is what it is.  He was probably set at stage 2 after biopsy and a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) and later updated to stage 4.  This sounds scary Fancy, and it is, but there is lots that can be done.  But to give advice more info is needed.  If you look at my signature information below, you can see that I have been through quite a bit.  But the information is clear to us here.  Gleason sum, age, treatments he has received, PSA score, these are all things that help in understanding where he is right now.  Feel free to ask any question.  Below I have listed a site that has some outstanding information.  It will help you understand the disease better.

http://prostatecancerinfolink.net

Peace,

Tony


Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 9 '08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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Doting Daughter
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   Posted 8/25/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I might be wrong, but I don't believe PC is stage two if it has spread to the intestines. See the definition below. I would recommend getting as much information as possible prior to discussing with your son. Sorry to hear about your ex's dx. Best wishes.

Stage I prostate cancer: Cancer that is only in the prostate gland, cannot be felt during a digital rectal examination, is not visible by imaging, and causes no symptoms. It is usually found accidentally or because a blood test showed an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level. Cancer cells may be found in only one area of the prostate or they may be found in many areas of the prostate. Similar to stage A in the Whitmore-Jewett staging system.

Stage II prostate cancer: Cancer that may be found by a needle biopsy done because a blood test showed elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA); or cancer which may be felt in the prostate gland during a digital rectal examination, even though the cancer cells are found only in the prostate gland. Similar to stage B in the Whitmore-Jewett staging system.

Stage III prostate cancer: Cancer cells have spread outside the covering (capsule) of the prostate gland to tissues around the prostate but not to the lymph nodes. The glands that produce semen (the seminal vesicles) may have cancer cells in them. Similar to stage C in the Whitmore-Jewett staging system.

Stage IV prostate cancer: Cancer cells have spread (metastasized) to lymph nodes (near or far from the prostate gland) or to organs and tissues far away from the prostate such as the bone, liver, or lungs. Similar to stage D in the Whitmore-Jewett staging system.
Father's Age 62 (now 63)
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7,
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node. T3a N1 M0.
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07, Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yrs
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
July 2, 08 PSA <.02
Praying for a cured dad.

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