Hello and Welcome to the PC forum. I am Kitt and I am glad to meet you.
Positive Margins means that there are cancer cells at the edge of tissue that has been removed. This can only be seen under the microscope, after the surgery. Positive margins occur about 25-35% of the time after non-nerve sparing radical prostatectomies and 35-45% of the time in nerve sparing radical prostatectomies. Positive margins mean the chance of the cancer recurring in the surgical area is significantly greater than if the margins are negative.
There has been great controversy among urologists as to the treatment of positive margins. It is important to discuss with your urologist how extensive the positive margins are, and what is to be done about them.
I am not a professional so please talk with your physician and get an indepth report on your pathology findings.
I certainly understand your concerns and I am sure someone with personal experience will come along and give you information so keep posting.
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