hi razorback, sorry about your father-in-law, but you came to the right place to find answers to your questions. First of all, I believe that adenocarcinoma is "cancer", just the medical term. "8" is probably the Gleason score. It consists of 2 numbers added together to give you the total score. They take the oddest looking cancer cells and give that a number and then take the second oddest looking cells and give that a number. Like my husband, was a 3 + 3 = 6, but on both sides. That but him into the T2c stage. If it had been on only one side, his stage would have been a T1. Gleasons of 6 and below are believed to be beginning tumors. At 7, from what we were told, the cancer is more aggressive.
To get the most information possible from this great group of people, it would be helpful for you to post some other info. His PSA level and age are important. His overall health is also good info. If you live close, it is also important to go with him to doctor appointments. You you are getting this kind of information, an extra set of ears is important.
Keep posting your questions, and answers will come. Right now, this is a very scary time for you and your family. PCa is very beatable.
Again, sorry you all had to join this group. Courtney
Kurt & Courtney
47 year old
Great Health prior to dx
Dx on 1/29/07
Gleason 3+3=6, both lobes
Stage T2c, I believe
Tumor involves 20% of cores, both lobes
Live in OK
Da Vinci scheduled 3-14-07 in Austin
Post-Op Gleason 6, Stage t2c nx mx YAAAAA HOOOOOO!