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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/14/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry if this has been talked about but I'm new to the board.  Can anyone give an idea of the cost of treatments.
1.  da Vinci procedures
2.  ProstRcision or seed implant + IMRT
3.  Seed implant only.
My wife and I are in the mission field in Central America with only Veterans Admin. insurance.
4.  Does anyone have experience with what and how the VA pays when you have a treatment they do not provide??
God speed to all

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   Posted 1/14/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 1/14/2008 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey ~ Guat,
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I hope you'll continue to reach out to all of us ~ as you move toward your selected treatment.
Take care and we will keep you close in thoughts and prayers.
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April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

3rd PSA 08-07-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/14/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I think a Da Vinci costs around $27-30K.

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 1/14/2008 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
My daVinci counting all the prep was 37k.
My Hormone therapy is about 32k per year.
My IMRT sessions were about 46k.

Having zeros in my next test in two weeks: Priceless

I also had insurance through COBRA much of the way. I still paid well over 40k out of pocket this year counting travel, seconds at top facilities, the COBRA costs, prescriptions (including the expensive ED drugs that the carriers don't cover all of). I have heard that some places will have special programs for the uninsured to reduce the rates and payment programs.

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.
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Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 1/15/2008 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
My surgery--open RRP--was $27K for everything--hospital, surgeon, meds and instant oatmeal every morning.
Age 59 PSA 2.6 (PSA velocity--quadrupled in 1yr) 1 of 12 biopsy cores positive
Bilateral nerve-sparing open RRP 6/21/06  Gleason 5
Cancer confined to prostate, post-op PSA's non-detectable

marang keru
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 1/15/2008 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
My hopspital cost in New Jersey for Da vinci was around $38,000, on top of that was the surgeon's bill for $6000.
Age - 57
PSA - July7, 2007 - 4.87
Confirming biopsy - August 30, 2007
Gleason scores of 6 (3+3) and 7 (3+4)
DaVinci surgery December 3, 2007 - Robert Wood Johnston Hospital, New Jersey
Cathether removed December 10, 2007
No incontinence after Day 2, December 5, 2007
Fully functioning sexual activity Day 2, December 5, 2007
Post-op pathology report confirmed Gleason of 7 (3+4), 30% involved by tumor, no positive margins.
Follow-up blood work scheduled for March, 2008

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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 598
   Posted 1/15/2008 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Please don't rule out open surgery. While not cheap it is still the least expensive and is almost surely completely covered by VA insurance. Having just had the Da Vinvci, I would certainly argue with some of the marketing that touts remarkably less pain. I have talked to several guys in my support group and was surprised to find that the pain and recovery time between the two procedures did not differ remarkably among the guys there. I had to laugh. This is exactly what my first surgeon said who wanted to do open surgery on me!
Oh, and my bill at Mt. Sinai will be over 40K.

What mission are you with? this would be a great project for churches to get behind and cover for you.

47 at Diagnosis.
1/06 PSA 3.15
1/07 PSA 4.6
10/07 PSA 5.06
Biopsy 3/07 just suspicious
Biopsy 11/07  1 of 12 with 20% involvment
Gleason (3+3)6
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC
No visible cancer. Saved both nerve bundles.

Post Edited (Paul1959) : 1/15/2008 8:13:02 AM (GMT-7)

James C.
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   Posted 1/15/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I had Conventional open Surgery, at the local hospital.  Costs for the surgery included room, drugs, antestialogist (sp), post surgery pathology report, surgeon and assistant surgeon, 2 days but one night hospital stay: Total:  $34,193

James C. 
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Age 60 
4/19/07   PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7 06/05/07
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07   Path report:  3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6. 
9/24/07   Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed 
9/26/07   Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07  ED- 25mg Viagra nightly
10/19/07  Dry 24 hrs, pad at night just in case
11/15/07  ED-continue 25mg Viagra, no response, begin Vacurect pump-
11/15/07  1st PSA-0.01, fully continent- no pads
12/17/07  ED- 3 mts.-continue Viagra and pump-no change-no response
01/01/08  First use of Caverject 2.5mcg, successful, erections at last
01/14/08  Caverject abandoned due to pain and aching, Bimix ordered

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 293
   Posted 1/15/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
My Di Venci for 32 hours inpatient,four hours in operating room and three in recovery, all all cost except the Doc was $38,000, Anthem Blue Cross paid them about 1/2 the asking price, and I paid my $300 co-payment! The Doc for four hours work and all visit got $4,000.

PSA 10 June 2007
Biopsy July 2, 16 of 16 samples positive
Di Venci 10/09/07, four hours on table, 3 in recovery
Total time in Hospital: 29 hours
Record for Dr. Lance, 65% of prostate had cancer, but NO spread, clean margins
Clean nodes,
First PSA at 5 weeks, UNDETECTABLE!
Catheter out at seven days, dry from hour one!
The Lord has truly Blessed me.

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 120
   Posted 1/23/2008 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm really one of the lucky ones if there is such. I had the DaVinci in August a little over 5 months ago.. Not sure what the cost was ( I believe over $40,000 ) however most was covered by Medicare and then my union insurance picked up part of it and the rest was covered by my GE supplement. It was one of those times when I had extra coverage since I had worked over 500 hours and my union Insurance kicked in for June, July and August. Like I said For once something lucky came my way. Not really we all know that God controls. Uncle Dan
Age 67
DRE negative, 10 - 06 PSA 5.44, 01 - 07 PSA 6.47
5 - 07 CT and Bone scans negative, 05 - 07 Biopsies, 2 of 6 positive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 Stage T1c
08 - 14 Da Vinci RAP, five hours surgery
Some right nerve and all left nerve removed,
8 -16 Negative margins, Encapsulated, 50% left side
Lymph nodes 2 R & 1 L - Negative, R & L seminal vesicles - Negative
Gleason changed (4+3) 7 closer to 8 than 6
9 - 26 1st PSA 0.00 11 - 28 2nd PSA 0.00 Some stress drips

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 422
   Posted 1/25/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   


How are you?  Are you able to proceed with surgery?  Can you have it on the mission field?  Have you found help?  I am sure others are concerned about you as I am.


Age: 63
07/05 - Biopsy: Suspicious looking cells. 
12/27/06 - Biopsy
1/24/07 - Dignosed cancer: Gleasn Grade: 3+3=6
02-14-07 Radical Open Nerve-sparing surgery
Pathology Stage of cancer: T2c
4-18-07: First Post-Op psa = 0.011
05/31/07: Cystoscope reveals "Stricture"
06/12/07: Procedure to remove stone & dilate uretha at stricture: Successful procedure.
8/16/07: Start bleeding again in urine.  Get to see a new urologist same day.
8/20/07: Go back to dr. for cystoscope.  "No sign of stricture"!  Wonderful news! Still leaking.
8/31/07: Back to new urologist for regular check up & received 2nd post-op Psa.  It was 0.05
8/31/07:  First Bio Feedback session.
9/19/07: Finished 4 Bio Feedback sessions.  No imporovement with leaking. 
9/26/07 - Started injections 
10/27-07 - Began using clamp at uro's encouragement.
1/6/08 - Still incontinent & impotent... and still "down."   

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