Hi Mimi, I echo those who have said welcome, but sorry you need to be here.
A well respected U.S. urologist/oncologist once told me he thought there should be some other name for Gleason 6 than cancer. It was cancer, but it wasn't a nasty cancer. If your husband really is 6 --- and you need to get a second pathologist's opinion to confirm this --- then, even if you never did anything about
the cancer there's a reasonable chance he'd die with it, from something else, at a ripe old age. Treat it (surgery, seeds, radiation, HIFU, etc.) and the odds are huge that it will never bother him again.
Geezer said there was only a five to ten percent chance with his stats he'd die of it. And if he does, it will be a long long time in the future. As stressful as it is to have a 5/10 % chance of dying of this cancer, at his age of 62 I make so bold as to suggest that what should really worry you isn't this cancer you know about
--- it's the cancer, the coronary artery disease, the Alzheimer's, etc. you don't know about
. And, speaking of Alzheimer's, as I understand it, in 10 years he's got more than a 10% risk of having some dementia. Now that's scary! (Note: I may have the numbers wrong as this comes from a pamphlet delivered to the house as part of a fund raising drive, not exactly a peer reviewed study.)
Point I'm trying to make isn't to minimize the risk, and the issues, you and he face from PCa ---- it's that when you get the diagnosis you focus on the PCa to the exclusion of all the other risks to life that just being in your sixties presents.
Put into perspective, the PCa risk, if indeed a second pathologist confirms Gleason 6, isn't something you need to put the hospital onto speed dial for right now.
The issues are A) What really is the situation? (second opinion) B) Will he treat, or do a watchful waiting program? and C) If he elects to treat, which treatment will he do?
As others have noted the wives, daughters and PCa guys here are always available to help.
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
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours. Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8 less than 0.02
PSA on April 9 less than 0.02