Hello Newly Diagnosed, I'm sorry you have to be here, but if you've got PCa you've come to an excellent place to learn and for support. I know from nothing when it comes to seed implants, but as you can see if you do a search on JohnT the guy may know more about
seeds than Noah (didn't he collect a few of each, along with the animals?)
Canadian eh? You'll find the Americans here blame us for the cold weather at this time of year as their televisions tell them a cold front is moving down from Canada. What they don't know is our television told us a few days previously that a cold front was moving in from Alaska. It's their cold front --- all we did was look after it and warm it up for them, but we get scant thanks.
It would be helpful if you created a signature for us. Up top, I think it's the "control panel" beside the log off where you can click and do so. The more info you can provide on your PSA history and pathology the better. One core involving 90% is interesting. One thing about
these cores, it's sort of like shooting 12 half inch round pictures at race horses headed to the finish line and strung out along the rail, while wearing a blind fold. You might, or might not hit a horse, and if you do and you hit a tail, or an ear, you'll have a very different idea of what was passing, when you take off the blind fold and look at the pictures, than you would if you have a picture of a shoulder. Bit like reading tea leaves I suppose.
Which leads me to the piece of advice I give all newly arrived: Get a second read on your biopsy slides. A second read changed my treatment decision. Didn't mean the second read was any more likely correct than the first, but the possibility it might be right (and post surgical pathology said it was) led me in a different direction.
Like JohnT I'd be concerned about
delaying treatment if you have some "4" cells in the mix. These can be nasty little devils and I'd want to give them a good whacking as a Christmas present.
Keep in touch and let us know how the next appointment goes.
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues, but better every week.
Feel free to email me at: email@example.com
Post Edited (Sleepless09) : 11/6/2009 4:56:54 PM (GMT-7)