May 25, 2007 - 7:02 am
Thanks to all who replied to my first message, the thoughts mean so much. I wanted to update you all on my fathers condition. He had surgery 6 days ago and is doing fairly well,( it is major surgery and a week out he shouldn't be ready to build the deck! :). His pathology was not as we would have hoped, though. It has spread beyond the prostate, though to what exact area his Dr. is not certain; either muscle, fatty tissue or pelvic wall. I'm confused about his staging though, and would love any help! Originally, after biopsies, his grade was a T2c. Now with the surgery finished, it's been upgraded to a T3c. But all I've read, to include the book the Dr. sent us home with says very clearly that Any involvement NOT in the seminal vessicals is a T4 cancer. The difference in a T3 and T4 is also the determining factor in his case, between a Stage III and IV cancer. I'm so confused.... All my reading says any other spread would put dad at Stage IV. I could use anyones suggestions and help--- you have all been such a source of comfort for me.