Here's your encouragement. Read these articles.
Pay special attention to the parts that say
"No DM or PCSM occurred in 15 years."
"Even for the rare true organ-confined, Gleason score 6 (no pattern 4) tumor with supposed biochemical progression, some may be false-positive progression based on low post-radical prostatectomy prostate-specific antigen levels and minute tumors that seem highly improbable to progress."
"11/38 cases (29 percent) had true organ-confined, Gleason score 6 tumors, and none of these 11 patients developed systemic disease. " This last study was over 22 years.........In other words your PSA may come back, but the cancer was not found to have spread to other parts of the body.
You had surgery from Catalona. He is one of the best in the world. If I could not have gone to Johns Hopkins I would have seen him or the someone at the Cleveland Clinic next. It is scary, but even if your PSA was not a lab error, you still have no chance of dying of PCa in the next 12-15 years. Even if you had to go on hormone therapy today, the average survial for Gleason 6 people is 16 years. I think some other form of treatment will be out in the next 10 years. Nanotechnology is coming fast.
Gleason 6 (tertiary score 0)
OPEN RP 10/08 Johns Hopkins
pT2 Organ confined Gleason 6
Post Edited (ChrisR) : 10/9/2009 12:39:22 PM (GMT-6)