In my opinion, few men are ever "cured" of prostate cancer. When you think of how many million PC cells it takes to start a rise in PSA, what are the odds that the surgeon or radiologist, or the which doctor can eliminate every single one?
It would seem that our treatment eliminates many , many PC cells. Based on the aggresiveness, it may take 10 or 15 years to grow back enough to be significant. Hence a form of remission.
For others, either the treatment didn't get it all, and larger colonbies of cells are in other places, or we have a very agressive cancer which can grow back quickly.
Just my 2 cents worth on cures.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic 4/14/09 Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free 6 week PSA <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED. Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10, 9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01