I know a bit about
some of the doctors you have mentioned and about
treatment in NYC. My husband recently had RRP in NYC and we have friends and colleagues that have used some of the doctors you mentioned. I would suggest that you meet with Peter Scardino, head of the AS program at MSK (if you can get in to see him, maybe Dr. Koutcher can get you in), James Eastham and either Michael Zelefsky or Marissa Kollmier. If you were my husband I would want you to meet with a specialist in each of the modalities recommended. My husband has a colleague who is a patient of Peter Scardino and is doing well with AS. He is older than you are but you might want to discuss the program with Dr. Scardino.
My husband and I interviewed two surgeons in NYC. James Eastham was one of them. My husband spoke with some of his patients that he knows through his professional network. They had almost no side effects from their robotic surgery with Dr. Eastham and the cancer has stayed away. We found Dr. Eastham to be a brilliant and impressive man. He will suggest the type of surgery that he would perform should you decide on surgery and use him. He told us that he only does
open surgery if there is a significant tumor there. With your low amount of cancer the odds are that he would suggest robotic surgery for you.
We have a friend that did brachytherapy with Dr. Zelefsky and is doing well. He has a good reputation.
Once you decide on what type of treatment that you want, if you were my husband I would want you to consult with at least one other provider of that treatment. If you want a second opinion on robotic surgery I would suggest Dr. Ash Tewari at NY Presbyterian for robotic and for
open I would suggest either Peter Scardino at MSK or Herb Lepor at NYU.
For a second opinion on radiation I am not as knowledgable. My husband met with a radiation oncologist at NY Presbyterian and one in the NYC suburbs. We thought that the radiation oncologist in the suburbs had more modern equipment and would have used him if my husband had done radiation. We didn't meet with Dr. Zelefsky because it took a long time to get an appointment, and my husband made a decision on treatment before the date of his appointment with MSK radiology so he cancelled it.
We found making a decision to be a process that involved speaking with surgeons and radiation oncologists. We did not meet with an oncologist - maybe we should have - but I don't know if it would have made any difference.
Post Edited (bluebird123) : 12/20/2012 2:10:13 PM (GMT-7)