James C is correct. But I had the same unhinged experience. Went down to U of Chicago to get my path report and read it walking in the hall. I literally got dizzy, ran into a bathroom, and thought I was going to puke when I read Perineural Invasion. It sounds horrible. I was sure then I was going to die from the disease. Called my wife on my cell and told her to look it up on the internet. So while I was sitting on the bathroom floor trying to keep from puking, she read to me that it meant absolutely nothing. I calmed down and moved forward.
Well, it's been a year since surgery and i'm dong well. So hang in there. It is likely completely inconsequential to your diagnosis.
43 yo. now
5/07 PSA 4.65 at routine physical
6/07 biopsy Gleason 7 (3+4)...diagnosed at 41 y.o.
6/07-9/07 manic research and interviews with physicians across the country in search of the "right" decision. I went to Mass General in Boston, Loma Linda, University of Chicago and Northwestern.
9/17/07 - RRP at Northwestern Memorial by Dr. William Catalona. Thankful the father of the PSA test was right here in Chicago.
Post op path report confirmed Gleason 7 (3+4). negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g.
9/27/07 - catheter removal...let the games begin...
12/31/07 - threw out the pads (I only had used 1 pad per day for protection against minor drips)
I started Trimix 8 weeks after surgery with success. I hope someday I won't need injections, but I hope more that my PSA stays at 0 forever.
9/17/08 One year past surgery and doing well. PSA less than .1 and ED continues to get better and showing reasonably good results using Levitra which for a long time did nothing.