JOY SCALE: 10/10
Hello Everyone, I hope you all are enjoying the Summer and telling your loved ones that you love them. I thought that today I would briefly go over the four stages of Prostate Cancer. There are four categories for describing the prostate's tumor's (T) stage. They range from T1 to T4. Most of these have subcategories, but i will not cover those today.
T1: Your doctor can't feel the tumor or see it with imaging such as transrectal ultrasound.
T2: Your doctor can feel the cancer when a digital rectal exam (DRE) is done, but it still appears to be confined to the prostate gland.
T3: The cancer has begun to spread outside your prostate and may involve the seminal vesicles.
T4: The cancer has spread to tissue next to your prostate (other than the seminal vesicles), such as the bladder sphincter (muscle that helps control urination), the rectum, and/or the wall of the pelvis. The subcategories of T4 include spreading of tumors to the lymph nodes and bones.
I am diagnosed with T4 prostate cancer with bone tumors.
As I said at the beginning of this post there are many subcategories to the T stages; however the descriptions are numerous and lengthy. My favorite reference book for cancer information is, QuickFacts Prostate Cancer, What You Need To Know by the American Cancer Society. I mentioned this book before and I will probably mention it again because it is such a great reference book. Please remember the T stages as there will be a 3 page written essay and exam on them next Tuesday. Just fooling.
That is it for today. Remember to treat yourself kindly, laugh out loud, eat good food (not the cheap stuff as the cat pictures says) , and breath deep.
Peace and Love to All