When they did the biopsy, they took 7 samples (cores). A core is like sticking a drinking straw into the prostate and then pulling it out with a thin spaghetti of prostate left inside each straw. In your case, all 7 cores had cancer in them and some of the 7 cores had quite a lot of cancer. The 4+5 tells you how distorted and therefore how aggressive the cancer is - the most aggressive is 5+5 and then 5+4 so in all 7 cores, your OH's cancer was of the 3rd most distorted group.
It seems that the MRI had already identified the suspicious area and that determined where they took the 7 scores from - in other words, they knew where to look. The T3 means that it looked on the scan like the cancer was already breaking out of the prostate - they would have been able to confirm that with the biopsies which is possibly why he is on the treatment plan he has.
Neo-adjuvant chemo means the chemo is being given before another treatment, to make the second treatment more successful.
Yes, 0.01 is smaller than 0.1. It may be that your OH's PSA levels has dropped further or that it is exactly the same as before but has been measured differently this time. Is there a little < before the number?
Edited by member 27 Jun 2021 at 01:05
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