Hi Diamonds, it's awful news when you're first faced with it, but from what you tell us, as BB and Casey say, the numbers and news you've shared look good. Good in the sense that you can reasonably use the "C" word all us PCa guys love: CURE.
I vote (strongly) in favor of getting a second read of your husband's slides. And, if you can't organize one of the 'big name' PCa pathologists seek out someone who reads lots of prostate tissue and who surgeons and urologists like --- the pathologist they'd want to read their prostate slides.
As you may know, the Gleason score is made up of two numbers, each a ranking of abnormal prostate tissue. The first number is what is most seen, the second number is the next most common abnormal tissue. A Gleason 6 is 3 + 3. Anything less than 3 is just abnormal, not called cancer. The pathologist is saying the tissue is abnormal enough to be low grade cancer and telling you there's no sign of mid grade, or high grade cancer. That's good news. As you can see below with my stats, I was predominantly low grade, but I had some mid-grade nasty cells making me a Gleason 7.
No sign of cancer is the best possible news. A Gleason 6 is the next best thing. I don't want to downplay the fact this sounds like a significant tumor, but it's important you understand its low ranking.
You say your head is spinning and you're sick at your stomach. I believe you. That's how I felt, near two years ago now when I first heard the dreaded news: cancer. I totally believe you on your head and stomach. Been there, done that.
Now, it's your turn to believe me. As you gather information, knowledge really does become power, and with knowledge and power fear disipates --- it gets put into perspective. Right now you don't have that perspective, and so your reaction is a reasonable one, but from what you've told us, with a bit more research, your comfort level will soar and that brave face you're putting on, won't be a put on.
I do hope you'll keep posting and let us know how you and your husband are doing.
Give your husband a big hug and do your best to take a deep breath and relax. You're both bound to come through this with flying colors!
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, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02