Welcome to Healing Well and the "pT3 Club" Paul!
I see you are from Florida also. How is you pre-op health coming along so far? Looks like you are a little over 3 weeks out now. Keep walking as much as you can each day.
Your path report shows you were upgraded to a Gleason 4+4=8. I was upgraded from GL3+3=6 to GL3+4=7.
I showed 2 possible positive margins that my doctor wanted me to watch out for with PSA tests every 3 months for the first 3 years. I have just been told to have my test every 6 months now that I still show undetectable results.
ECE, as far as I understand, means that the tumor extended past the capsule but since you don't show positive margins, the surgeon wants keep a close watch on you. A pT3a means the tumor extended past the capsule, that is why you were graded that way.
I would have liked to have had a lower grading so I wouldn't have to continue to worry as much as we do in the pT3 Club but that was the cards dealt us all here.
Hopefully some of the other guys will join in and welcome you. I will added you to our membership here. Join in with any questions + concerns.
Bill from Florida