I was diagnosed Gleason 4:5 = 9 in March and T2C. I think the terminology used in the case of your husband is negative and unnecessary your husbands cancer should not have been referred to as nasty. That is of course, just my personal opinion and nothing to do with this Forum
The article above explains what T3b and M1 in your husbands diagnosis mean
There is information in the above document about PCa that has spread to the bones.
with a bone scan a radioactive tracer is injected prior to the scan and the tracer is attracted to any cancer on the bones, showing it to the radiography team
as someone said earlier, please download the toolkit, you will find an answer to all your questions in there and there are plenty of us on here that can help with actual experience of what is described therein. I have just completed a journey in the last week that started in March. My experience is of a large specialist Oncology and Haematology hospital in Bristol, so I have up to date information I can share that may in some part be relevant or help you
glad to hear your OH is on Hormone Therapy. Testosterone deprivation starves prostate cancer wherever it is in the body and without it the cancer cannot grow and will in fact start to shrink.
I felt similar to you as my cancer is in both sides of my prostate totalling 84% and some cores were actually 100% cancer. Never once was any negative terminology used during my initial diagnosis and laying out of my treatment pathway.
Higher Gleason scores are categorised as aggressive but this does not mean aggressive in the way it normally means, it just tells people that it needs dealing with quickly. I was given this information by Lyn on here.
T2C in my case means I scans initially indicated that the cancer was contained within my prostate but to be sure I was sent for a bone scan a CT scan and two further detailed MRI scans one of which was my spine.
The x rays in addition sounds like to me your treatment team are being thorough. MSCC is Metastasis Spinal Cord Compression, that is something that needs to be ruled out as soon as possible, that is a possible reason for the x rays, but keep,asking “why” all the time if you are not given reasons for some treatment your OH is getting.
At all stages I was told this treatment was normal to completely rule out any metastasis of my cancer and in my case I was lucky they all came back negative so I was put onto a purely curative pathway.
I have been on hormone therapy since the beginning of April and I have just finished a course of 20 fractions of radiotherapy in the last week.
My oncologists plan for me is that the radiotherapy will have killed all of the cancer cells in my prostate and to be sure I will stay on hormone therapy for a further two years which means that any remaining cancer cells missed by the radiotherapy will be starved to death by the Hor one therapy.
There many people on here who have experienced a wide range of prostate cancer in varying degrees and will be able to help you come to terms with what your husband must go through and offer advice and support.
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