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   Posted 11/9/2011 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone in this group been diagnosed with stage 3 or 4 and survived several years? I would love to hear any success stories. My father's specialist said that he thinks he is at 3 or 4 based on the biopsy. Further tests are being done to confirm. He has no symptoms though. I'm aware that is the case sometimes. Any personal stories would be greatly appreciated. My prayers are with all of you.

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   Posted 11/9/2011 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
A  "stage" 3 - T3, is not a death sentence. At least I hope not, since I am one, and I'm still here. A T4 means confirmed spread outside the prostate, but again, some of our long term members here fall in that category, and with HT have beaten it back. I'm soon to be there by default.
Think less about the "staging" (such an ugly and unreliable concept), but more about treating it.
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   Posted 11/9/2011 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with stage 3 prostate cancer (T3) and had the open RRP over 5 years ago. Had SRT 3 years ago and I'm still around and kicking. So, just because you are stage 3 doesn't mean the game is over......not by a long shot. I was relatively lucky in that I have virtually no SE to date. Hope to be around for a good many years to come.
Never give up hope.
All the best to you.

Born 1936
PSA 7.9, Gleason Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
open RP Nov 06, T3a, Gleasons 3+4=7, Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; at SRT Start=0.1,
Salvage RT completed (33 days-66Gy) 19 Dec 08
PSA: in Jan 09 =.05, all tests to date (June 11) <.04

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   Posted 11/10/2011 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I was/am stage T3 and am now two and a half years on from surgery with zero club membership (also had SRT, but have still had no HT)

Agree with the guys. Just think about the treatment.

We sometimes forget we are not immortal, but losing a parent is the natural order: most of us will see our parents get old/ill and see them die. All I can suggest is that everyone make the most of every day with them regardless of whether they are sick or not. (This is a far better situation that for a parent to see a child sick and dying - my sister has lost one daughter to cancer and one of her sons has just been diagnosed with leukemia!)

So spend as much time as possible not thinking about PCa.

All the best

Age dx 48
04/09 PSA 8.6, DRE neg. Biop 2/12 pos. G=3+3
07/09 RALP at AVL Amsterdam
Cath out at 1wk Dry at night
PostOp G=3+4 Bladder neck & Left SVI -T3b. No PNI No vasc.inv. Clear margins
09/09 No pads
11/09 PSA 0.1
03/10 PSA 0.4 04/10 CT.
Summer/10 66Gy SRT
09/10 PSA<0.1
01/11 PSA<0.1
04/11 PSA<0.1
07/11 PSA<0.1
10/11 PSA<0.1
No real ED

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   Posted 11/10/2011 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Goto:  ('experiences-mentors') and find hundreds of PCa journies with the patients up to date history and details of their story.
You will see alot of variances in treatments, outcomes, or results. The disease has too many variables and variations as to knowing longevity from patient to patient.
Doctor Fred Lee with his PCa and into like year 30 and alive with his uncureable PCa scenario found it was non-curative like 28 yrs. ago.  Also, only a few doctors might prescribe the drug he used for years and years. In some circles they will say his drug is unproven, of course those same circles preach Lupron as your only salvation (lol). I think anyone with results will question plenty.

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   Posted 11/10/2011 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Mydad, you'll find lots of stage III prostate cancer people husband was given a stage of T3a after surgery. T3a means the disease has escaped the prostate itself (usually in a margin or through extraprostectic extension) and T3b means the disease was more distant (usually around the bladder or urethra). My husband, John, is slightly over 3.5 years post surgery and is doing just fine. As some have already said, a diagnosis of stage III is not a death sentence and you'll find many who are doing just fine. Stage IV is a different animal as it indicates the disease has become metastic (has spread to other areas such as the bones).

I'm curious why your dad's doctor thinks he's a III or IV based on the biopsy. Perhaps a bit more information regarding your dad's PSA level, number of cores taken a biopsy, number of cores positive for cancer, and what percentage of cancer was found in each positive core. That will help us answer any more questions you might have.
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