6th February 01:48
Lymphoma questions (prostate cancer)
Nor would I at such a gathering, and I guess we'll never know what (some of
them) are thinking.
Unless one of them decides to post here or on the newsgroup.
I found little if anything about prognosis or types at phoenix5 and
oncologychannel so I'm left with..
Carcinoma of the prostate is predominantly a tumor of older men, which
frequently responds to treatment when widespread and may be cured when
localized. The rate of tumor growth varies from very slow to moderately rapid,
and some patients may have prolonged survival even after the cancer has
metastasized to distant sites such as bone. Because the median age at diagnosis
is 72 years, many patients--especially those with localized tumors--may die of
other illnesses without ever having suffered significant disability from their
cancer. The approach to treatment is influenced by age and coexisting medical
problems. Side effects of various forms of treatment should be considered in
selecting appropriate management. Controversy exists in regard to the value of
screening, the most appropriate staging evaluation, and the optimal treatment of
each stage of the disease.
Survival of the patient with prostatic carcinoma is related to the extent of the
tumor. When the cancer is confined to the prostate gland, median survival in
excess of 5 years can be anticipated. Patients with locally advanced cancer are
not usually curable, and a substantial fraction will eventually die of their
tumor, although median survival may be as long as 5 years. If prostate cancer
has spread to distant organs, current therapy will not cure it. Median survival
is usually 1 to 3 years, and the majority of such patients will die of prostate
cancer. Even in this group of patients, however, indolent clinical courses
lasting for many years may be observed. 
There's also more there about false positives and benign tumours, but for now
I'll believe you about mets to the bone.
Hopefully your organs will be spared for quite some time, but (spine mets, was
it?) fractures are a risk for you, eh?