Even with 3 biopsies, I was never given a stage. And remember, Mel, that even a good biopsy is but an estimate of what is going on inside you. It is not the total picture. With many men, their biopsy staging and gleason remain the same after surgery, if they choose surgery. And some men, the staging and/or gleason get upgraded in the post surgical biopsy report, because they have the entire gland to look at. In rare cases, some mens gleason scoring gets downgraded.
The only way you would ever know about
margins or penetration or escape, would be in a post surgical biopsy report, there's no way to know any of that ahead of time.
The rest of the questions on your list are typical and would normally be answered on the biopsy report.
I know this waiting is driving you crazy, we have all been there before
David in SC
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path Rpt
: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place