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davidg
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   Posted 3/4/2011 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
what does this mean?

" tumor is present close( 0.1mm) to the left lateral prostate resection margin in the inferior portion of the prostate"

according to an article I read by Tehwari,

""The pathologic definition of positive margins of resection seems straightforward, that is, according to Dr. Epstein, “tumor extending to the surface of the prostate which the surgeon has cut across.” Dr. Epstein has demonstrated that, as long as tumor is not actually cut across and at the ink, close margins (< 0.1 mm) should not be designated positive margins because they are not associated with an increased risk of postoperative progression."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1502366/

Radical
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   Posted 3/4/2011 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
My take is that the cancer was knocking on the door, but fortunately went unanswered. Negative margin...................Kev

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   Posted 3/4/2011 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
It means the surgeon's cut did not actually go through the tumor but was about one hairs' breadth away. So you have negative margins. Be happy. The article that you quoted said basically that according to their research, missing by a hairs breadth is just as good as missing by a large amount. Again, be happy.
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