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    topgun asked a questionProstate Cancer

    is a 9 a death sentence

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      jbjr

      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.

      about 4 years ago
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      GraGil

      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.

      about 4 years ago
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      msesq

      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.

      about 4 years ago
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