University of Chicago, anyone had experience?

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   Posted 2/25/2008 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I am scheduled to have DaVinci robotic surgery at the University of Chicago in March. 
Has anyone had same type of surgery there.  My Doc is Arieh Shalhav.  Any experience type information would be greatly appreciated.

Diagnosed 01-08-08
Age 53
2004 PSA 8 biopsy negative
2008 PSA 6 biopsy positive 1 in 3
Gleason 3+3 = 6
Bone Scan negative
Wet CT negative
Robotic Scheduled March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago
Dr. Arieh Shalhav

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/25/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Frank,
I have had the daVinci procedure, it seems that it is successful as a procedure in the very high 90's in terms of percentage. My oncologist was the man in charge there at Chicago University's oncology department. He is amazing and that would give me Faith in the facility alone. You can easily look him up at the Nevada Cancer Institute and see his bio. (Dr. V.) Good luck, I am certain you will be in good hands.

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, 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
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
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   Posted 2/25/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Good luck. I had originally scheduled surgery with Zagaja at U of C, but then opted for the open surgery and changed to Northwestern. I do know someone with whom I can put you in touch who had the team you are going with. He had excellent results and is very happy to have chosen the same surgical team you have chosen.

Please email me and I can put you in touch with him.
42 yo. now
5/07 PSA 4.65 at routine physical
6/07 biopsy positive for cancer...Gleason 3+4...diagnosed at 41 y.o.
6/07-9/07 manic research and interviews with physicians across the country in search of the "right" decision.  I went to Mass General in Boston, Loma Linda, University of Chicago and Northwestern.
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.  Thankful the father of the PSA test was right here in Chicago.
Post op pathology was Gleason 3+4 with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g.  
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...
12/07 - Threw out the pads.  I only had to use 1 pad per day for protection against minor drips. 
I started Trimix 8 weeks after surgery with success.
I hope someday I won't need injections, but I hope more that my PSA stays at 0 forever.

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   Posted 2/25/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 2/25/2008 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 2/25/2008 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had the DaVinci surgery at the U of C in January with Dr. Zagaja. I was very pleased with him and his surgery team. Although it was only an overnight stay, the U of C hospital staff was great.

Good luck.
6/8/08 - Age 60, PSA 4.5
9/05/07 - Local urologist biopsy diagnosed as stage T1c, Gleason 3+3=6, Bilateral (Right 15% of tissue, Left <5%).
1/09/08 - DaVinci Surgery at University of Chicago, Dr. Gregory Zagaja. 
1/30/08 - Post OP Pathology reports two positive margins, Gleason Grade   3+3=6, Stage pT3a . 
2/19/08 - Post Op PSA undetectable

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