you bring up a good point. and if you had the second reading, and let's say it was better or let's say it was much worse, which one would you believe? Now if it came up basically the same, that could be a comfort factor.
But if you thought you were a low grade Gleason 6, and other opinions showed you being a strong Gleason 7, that could radically change one's entire approach to treatment.
Most of us I am certain went with one opinion from one pathology lab, just like I did. I wasn't convinced getting a 2nd opinion on the biopsy work would prove a whole lot with my PSA velocity issues, if anything ,it might have been worse, not better.
Just another area, where the curse of PC makes us decide things that we really aren't qualified to know, and our own doctors won't and can't guarantee a thing either.
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
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/10 - Corrective Surgery #4, and Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time