rick, sorry to hear about
them putting you on hold like that. very poor patient management. it brought back memories of my own bad experience. my doc called me to let me know i had cancer and apologized for telling me on the phone but that he was leaving the next morning for a 3 week vacation! "try to stay calm about
it" he told me, and "i could make an appointment when he returned."
in that three weeks, i found this site, and had appointments with 2-3 uros and a radiology oncologist. i will tell you that finding this site was more helpful than any of the dr. appointments in maintaining a rational perspective and becoming informed about
prostate cancer. there is no better group than this one to support you until you know and after if you still need support.
i'd get your path report and move on to find another doc. sounds like your doc's a bit clueless to the human side of practicing medicine.
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.