Apr 08, 2003 - 3:04 pm
My father in law just had his prostate removed. Prior to the surgery, he had a gleason score of 6 and a PSA of 6.2. The surgery was nerve sparing.
After the surgery, the Gleason Score was raised to 8 and the tumor grade was 3. The margins were not clean.
His bone scan and cat scan showed that the cancer had not spread. The lymph nodes also came up clean.
His doctor is recommending radation, giving his a success rate of 90%. Does that sound right? My mother in law is reading that with a gleason score and tumor grade so high, that localized radation may not do enough or anything. She is thinking maybe to wait until the PSA number rises again.
We are also getting conflicting thought on hormone treatments. To do them and when to do them?
Any thoughts? This is all so scary.