• is a 9 a death sentence

    Asked by topgun on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    is a 9 a death sentence

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    • cam32505's Avatar

      I don't know what the markers are for prostate cancer, but don't consider it a death sentence. I was diagnosed with stage IIIC uterine cancer, and I also thought it was a death sentence. That was the first question I asked before I began chemo. What was the goal of treatment, just to extend my life by a few months, etc. My doctor told me they were trying to get me into remission. That was in 2011 and I'm still in remission. So, don't give up til you've tried.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Ditto what Cam says. I too was stage III with head and neck cancer. The "numbers" weren't good for me, survival rate, recurrence rate, etc. My doctor blew that off when I brought it up and said "this is nothing, we do this everyday". That made me feel better, and almost 7 years later, I'm feeling better each year.

      over 4 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Same here. I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 10/2012. Doctors and statistics said i wouldn't live a year. Here i still am, preparing to go to agility class with my dog and swimming with friends afterwards ...for the 2nd day in a row. I decided not to believe what the stats said.

      (PS, i don't know what the different prostrate markers are either so don't know if 9 is good or bad. I will tell you that stats say 99% of prostrate cancer survivors live for at least 5 years after diagnosis. Those are pretty good odds!!) Best of luck!!

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I have been handed two death sentences, in the past five years, The first was for Stage IV esophageal cancer. At the time the survival rate for any stage of esophageal cancer was 5% to 12%. given my overall health at the time the Dr. said it was much closer to 5% than 12%. Then two years ago, I was diagnosed with uterine cancer stage III grade 3 also present were esophageal tumors. The Dr. said there was a 100% chance that a one or both of the cancers would be back with in 18 months. Eighteen months were up last September.
      There are some things you can do to make that not a death sentence. Start right now to be as healthy as you can be . Have regular visits with your PCP. My PCP sees all her patients who have had cancer twice a year. Ask your PCP about a healthy lifestyle, Look into cancer survivor programs at your local YMCA. The Y in my area offers 5 different programs for cancer survivors.
      Also watch your cholesterol. Drive carefully. Look both ways when crossing the street. Be sure your fire alarms in your home are kept up.

      over 4 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer - spread all through my abdomen. No one ever told me I was at death's door but I sure felt like XXX. I had great doctor's, great nurses and surgeons and I'm still kicking. It doesn't matter what anyone says, as long as there's life, there's a chance. Don't read too much into internet statistics -- most of them are old and out of date. Treatments change so fast and those studies take years -- they can't possibly keep up.

      No one told me not to look up statistics so when I was first diagnosed, I did. Scared me silly. But then I decided that if there was only a 14% chance of me surviving more than 5 years (Thank you, Internet) I was going to be in that 14%. So far, so good.I later went back to that survey and it was over 5 years old which is an eternity in terms of medical advancements.

      Hang in there and make sure you don't waste the time you do have worrying about stuff you cant control.

      over 4 years ago
    • jbjr's Avatar

      Two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes, and had a Gleason score of 9 (which, I'm assuming, is what you're referring to). I've had a series of treatments since then (radiation, hormone therapy, "Provenge," Zytiga) that so far have succeeded in suppressing the cancer, and hopefully will continue to do so for a long time to come. Being born is a death sentence, technically; getting a Gleason 9 doesn't necessarily mean that sentence will be executed any earlier.

      over 4 years ago
    • GraGil's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with Gleason 9 prostate cancer in 2012. Because of my age, 71 at the time, I was told that radiation and hormone therapy was best. Three years later, my PSA is .03 and I feel great. No, 9 is not a death sentence but follow your doctors' recommendations or seek other opinions.

      over 4 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar

      I hope not, my husband's original Gleason was a 7 (3 + 4) but after surgery it became 9 (4 + 5) and he had perineural invasion.

      over 4 years ago

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