Welcome to HW. I too remember the day I was told I have PCa. It was out of state, at Duke. I wanted to catch the first flight home and start getting my affairs in order. Thankfully, my wife flew to RDU and took me back to Duke for more tests and conversations with the docs. It is a scary time, but you will get comfortable with the idea in a little while. We have cancer, it is not a death sentence, but a chronic condition. So try to get over the initial shock and relax.
Please ask anything and everything. This forum is agreat source of knowledge and compassion. To get this going, I have a question for you. Stage 3 means cancer has escaped prostate capsule. Your doc is saying it is contained, but calls it stage 3. Do you know why he thinks it is stage 3?
Best of luck in your journey. Stay with us and keep us informed.
Father died from poorly differentiated PCa @ 78 - normal PSA and DRE
5 biopsies over 4 years negative while PSA going from 3.8 to 28
Dx Nov 2007, age 46, PSA 29, Gleason 4+4=8
Decided to participate in clinical trial at Duke - 6 rounds of chemo (Taxotere+Avastin)
PSA prior to treatment on 1/8/2008 is 33.90, bounced on 1/31/2008 to 38.20, and down at the end of the treatment (4/24/2008) to 20.60
RRP at Duke (Dr. Moul) on 6/16/2008, Gleason downgraded 4+3=7, T3a N0MX, focal extraprostatic extension, two small positive margins
PSA undetectable for 8 months, then 2/6/2009-0.10, 4/26/2009-0.17, 5/22/2009-0.20, 6/11/2009-0.27
Salvage IMRT + 6 Months ADT: Casodex started 6/12/2009, Lupron 6/22/2009, PSA 6/25/2009-0.1, T=516, 7/23/2009-<0.05, T<10, IMRT to start mid-Aug