We will certainly be very happy to share all of our experiences & knowledge with you. It will be a big help if you can give us other statistics, if you have them available.
Can you tell us things such as his current PSA compared to his previous PSA readings? This could help us guess how fast the PC might be growing.
Also, what was the staging of the disease from the biopsy report? This would tell us the biopsy's estimation of how far the disease has progressed, whether it is or is not still confined to the prostate, etc.
This info will give us an idea how fast the cancer is developing, what the chances are of it still being confined to the prostate (and hence, curable), etc.
A Gleason 8 is an aggressive form of PC, but even this could be cured if it has not ventured outside of the prostate (or is still within the immediate area of the prostate).
Wishing him the best of luck and health!
Resident of Highland, Indiana just outside of Chicago, IL.
July 2011 local PSA lab reading 6.41 (from 4.1 in 2009). Mayo Clinic PSA Sept. 2011 was 5.7.
Local urologist DRE revealed significant BPH, but no lumps.
PCa Dx Aug. 2011 at age of 61.
Biopsy revealed adenocarcinoma in 3 of 20 cores (one 5%, two 20%). T2C.
Gleason score 3+3=6.
CT of abdomen, bone scan both negative.
DaVinci prostatectomy 11/1/11 at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), nerve sparing, age 62.
My surgeon was Dr. Matthew Tollefson, who I highly recommend.
Final pathology shows tumor confined to prostate.
5 lymph nodes, seminal vesicles, extraprostatic soft tissue all negative.
1.0 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm mass involving right posterior inferior,
right posterior apex & left mid posterior prostate.
Right posterior apex margin involved by tumor over a 0.2 cm length, doctor says this is insignificant.
Pathology showed Gleason 3 + 3, pT2c, N0, MX, R1
adenocarcinoma of the prostate.
Prostate 98.3 grams, tumor 2 grams. Prostate size 5.0 x 4.7 x 4.5 cm.
Abdominal drain removed the morning after surgery.
Catheter out in 7 days. No incontinence, occasional minor dripping.
Post-op exams 2/13/12, 9/10/12, 9/9/13 PSA <0.1. PSA tests now annual.
Semi-firm to firm erections now happening 2 years post-op.
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