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   Posted 10/4/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually hang out in Lupus as that is my dx, but I just ran into something I'd like to ask you guys about -- I got an email from a distant relative who referred to her husband as having "stage 9 prostrate cancer'.

My (very quick) web search only came up with the same stages as other cancers, I,II,III, and IV. Is there a stage 9? And if so, what is it?

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Opa N
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   Posted 10/4/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
If I were to guess, and that's all this is, I would think the person meant a gleason score of 9, not stage 9. There is no stage 9, but there can be a gleason score of 9. There's plenty of data out there on gleasons with PCa.
All the best.

 Age 67 at diagnosis. Treated for coronary artery disease (CAD) since 1998, and under control with medications.

2/6/09              Routine physical, with DRE and PSA Test. PSA 4.02.   Referred to Urologist.

4/20/09            TRUS  w/needle biopsy

4/23/09            Diagnosis PCa with Gleason 4+3 in 2/2 cores, Gleason 3+3 in 5/10 cores.

                        CT scan and Bone Scan both negative. Stage T2C.

8/27/09            DaVinci RP at WakeMed Cary NC with Dr. Tortora. Discharged 8/28.

9/8/09              Catheder removed. Path post-surgery confirms PCa, with Gleason 3+3 with scattering of 4. Positive margins in L & R posterior, R and L seminal vesicles, with perineural invasion.  Stage T3b.

9/30/09            PSA Post-Op <0.01. Met w/Uro/Surgeon to review surgery and path report. Referred to Prostate Oncologist and Radiation Oncologist. Appointments set for 10/8.


Initial incontinence pretty bad, starting w/6 Depends pants/day. Gradually getting better, with dramatic reduction in leakage around 9/20. Currently on 1 pad during the day and one at night (for security). Actually totally dry at night. (Pressure off the bladder neck?)


“I’d rather die while I’m living, than live while I’m dead.” (Jimmy Buffett. Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude.)


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   Posted 10/4/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Roger - most likely it is a gleason score of 9.  That is a very agressive cancer so it probably feels like a stage 9.  Trust he is getting good treatment.  David

Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical at age 55
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 pos; 2 marginal
Gleason 3+3; upgraded to 4+3 post surgery
RRP 4 Feb 08; both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated
Catheter out Feb 13 - pad free Feb 16
PSA every 90 days - ZERO's everytime!
Great wife and family who take very good care of me

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   Posted 10/4/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I think we can put this one to bed, CPA and Opa N, have nailed it.  We are pleased you dropped in Lynnwood, and please dont waste anytime relaying this info to the patient......Kev
Age 51yrs
DX 11/11/08
6 out of 8 cores positive 3 X 60% / 3 X 10%
Gleason Score 3+4=7
Stage T1c
Robotic Surgery 24/12/08
Upgrade Gleanson Score 4+3=7 Gleason Differential 60%/40%
Stage T2c
Three small foci total volume <10%
Neg Margins and Nodes
Nil - Extraprostatic Extentions
Dry less than 1 week.
ED- taking Meds- Its been 9 mnths now getting some action ! yah
PSA 1/09  .03
PSA 2/09  .03
PSA 5/09  .03
PSA 9/09  .03
"Everyday in Everyway I get better"

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   Posted 10/4/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I'll read up on Gleason scores....thanks
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