Good news today. Bone scan is clear. Thank God x
That is good news indeed, Kathy! You have probably/hopefully calmed down a good bit already, based in part on the responses you have seen here, but if not don't let that G9 panic or depress you as much as it did me at first.
Your Dad is 76? Well, I hesitate to mention this, but after all we all know it: consider average lifespans for men in this country if trying to figure out the odds of dying from PC rather than something else. I have a current thread where the subject of what would be the average life expectancy of a G9 with NO TREATMENT. I was surprised that it was a lot longer than I would have thought, especially for guys- strangely enough- who were older when diagnosed! Maybe not so strangely- they just have less time left for the cancer to kill them rather than something more normal.
But remember, that surprising 5 to 20 years of life after G9 diagnosis- with obviously higher % being alive at 5 years than 10 or 20 but still surprisingly high at 10+ year, was for NO TREATMENT. With good treatment, he has a good chance of dying from something else like the normal guy. (odd way of giving good news isn't it? Like "Hey, congrats, you are most likely to die of a stroke! WhooHooo!") But the point is, with treatment, he has a very good chance of getting quite a few more years, and a reasonable chance that the PC will never kill him, G9 or not. No guarantees, but the odds are that he will die the normal way, like most guys do- from an MI, car accident or shot by a jealous husband.
PSA 10.9 ~112013
Bx on 112013 at age 64 yrs 11 months, with 5 of 12 pos with one G9(5+4), 1 PNI, T2B.
RALP with lymph nodes at Vanderbilt 021914. (nodes clear, but SV+, still G9 but down graded to 4+5, cut wide, but 1 tiny foci right at the edge of margin ) Pros. 106.7 gms!
wear one mini-pad after 8 months, mostly dry when removed at night
PSA <.1 on 4/7,
PSA <.01 on 6/11, 8/20/14 and 3/4/15