Micro sections of any tissue are only a few microns thick, so a complete sectioning would encompass several hundred slides. The specimen is examined grossly and described as such. The representative sections taken from each of the lobes for preparation and slide fixation. The whole specimen is kept in fixative. If the pathologists want more sections of a given area or special stains, then the tissue remains available. It takes about 4 days from receipt of the tissue, sectioning, preparation of slides, exam by the doc, transcription of the report, and delivery to the surgeon. Nowadays, this may be faster with computer transmission.
The only time that I ever saw a total sectioned specimen was with mouse embryos (about 30 mm in length) that we studied in embryology.
70 years old (1939) USA citizen
Prostatic carcinoma dxed June 2009 by PSA (7.0) and then Bx
PSAs yearly since 2001 ranged 1.52 to 7.0. Doubled from 3.5 to 7.0 in one year.
Neg. CT and Bone Scan
4 of 8 biopsies positive (all right side) Gleason Score 3+4=7
Robotic assisted total prostatectomy and node excision July 2009 in Luzern, Switzerland by Dr. A. Mattei in the Kantonsspital. New Gleason was 4+4=8
pT2c G3 pN0 (0/14 nodes +, Margins, etc. clear
Catheter out in 5 days (home in 3 days). No incontinence
Positional neurpraxia in hip and knee resolved 90+% in 5 months.
Potency: beginning tumescence??? at 3 weeks post-op. Still happens at 3 months PO. Nearly usable one month later. At 5 mo. with 100 mg Vitamin V, pretty good. Now beginning 5 mg Cialis daily.
3month PSA less than 0.01, 6 month PSA less than 0.01