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Enock; I would say, do not borrow trouble before you need to. You have had enough already and just need to recover from that first before worrying about what might or might not be. By my layman's knowledge, your pathology reports look pretty good but as stated by others, your next couple PSA's will be the deciding factor. (A ten hour operation is remarkable! What explanation was given for such a lengthy procedure?) Until evidence suggests further action, just try to relax. Jon.
Thank you so much for your responses. One of the problems I have is being out of control. I want to double check everything or I can't relax. That's why a forum like this is invaluable.
The explanation given to me for the length of the procedure was the size of the prostate (209 grams), combined with my size (5'10'' 270 pounds) made for a very challenging work area. At one point they discontinued the procedure because they felt it was dangerous to keep me upside down for so long. I don't have to tell you, the day after the surgery I was pretty beat up. Amazingly though, they tell you to get up and walk, and somehow over the next few days you start to recover.
I hope you have read that being overweight will result in poorer outcomes for PC. I know how hard it is to drop a few pounds but you really need to put your focus on that area right now. For many people getting a cancer diagnosis is a big motivator to improve their overall health and may result in them living longer than they would have otherwise.
Thank you, Frank, for your comments. I know what you say is true. From diagnosis on June 30th to surgery on October 2nd, I lost approximately thirty pounds. I am continuing with the diet and have not varied even while recovering. I am hopeful that this will finally be the time that I take it off and keep it off.