Mar 07, 2011 - 6:56 am
gleason 7 , 3 + 4 . T1C , and apparently contained...so what does it really mean?
a family member has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer, gleason 7 , 3+4 ,psa 9.6 and T1C.
he has had a ct scan and was told the cancer is contained, and is reading the books given by his doctor,along with as much other info as possible to inform himself before the next step is taken.
- if the cancer is contained, and the prostate is surgically removed, does that mean thats it? you are cured?, or does it just mean that you appear to be cured, but the wait begins to see if microscopic cells may have escaped and waiting to spread elsewhere, but are just not evident at that point? can you ever be permanently cured of a gleason 7 cancer?
-is getting the prostate removed the best chance of a cure?
obviously they are getting all sorts of advice at the moment, you would all imagine what thats like, and they want to make the best choice that they can, obviously...
i have read lots of posts here, but it is all a bit bamboozling at the moment. so i was hoping that someone else on the journey could help shed some light...