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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/18/2006 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
is it routine to have CAT scans scheduled after diagnosis, and why a CAT scan vs. bone scan or MRI. My Dad has one tomorrow (PSA 5.2, Gleason score of 3 they said, 2/12 core + for cancer).

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 104
   Posted 9/18/2006 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi LynnDix,
My husband had a CT and Bone scan after diagnosis, but his PSA and Gleason score were higher. Lucky both came back negative. I read somewhere that it is a common to have them when the PSA is 10 or greater and the Gleason is 7 or greater. But ultimately it is up to your doctor and how they run their show. Perhaps your Dad's doctor is just being very thorough.
My Husband was Diagnosed 7/13/06
*52 yrs old
*7 Gleason
*11.? PSA
*His father died of PC
*Negative Bone and CT scan

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/18/2006 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Hy LynnDix,

My husband did not have a CT or bone scan.  His PSA was 5.7.  We were told that it is uncommon to have the cancer spread this far if the PSA is under 10.  I think Wittler is probably right in that it is ultimately up to the doc.


Husband diagnosed May 2006 at age 50.  RPR performed 13 July 06.
PSA 5.7,  Gleason 3+4=7, Staged T2C.
Cancer confined to prostate.

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   Posted 9/19/2006 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Some general comments:
. A gleason score of 3 is relatively low.
. most gleason scores are in the intermediate range of 6 (eg: 3+3) or 7.
. 8 or 9 are high risk with poor prognosis.
. I always suggest people obtain the book "Prostate Cancer Prevention and Cure" by Lee Nelson which covers diagnosis, treatment, lifestyle changes, nutrition etc.
. On CAT and MRI, Lee Nelson said, "I think they're generally overrated and over used. In my opinion they're often not worthh the time, money, discomfort and anxiety. This it especially true for men with Gleason scores of 6 or less, clinical stage T2a or less and PSA's of 10 or less." 
There are a lot of recent articles available in relation to recent extensive screening and "over treatment" of low risk PC.

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/19/2006 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your comments. We are just hoping the scan comes back negative.
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