Not that you're going to, but making a decision based on what one of us says about
our specialist and our experience with this process is probably not the best way to go about
resolving your concerns. Helpful information it can be, but each case/situation is different.
I believe in finding the best professionals I can and in whom I have utmost confidence - and I take their advice. My primary care physician referred me to my Urologist because it's the person he said he'd personally go to if he were in my shoes. That's all I had to hear, I have that much confidence in my physician.
Asking for information relative to the number of procedures or treatments for prostate cancer the Urologist/Surgeon has undertaken and for patient references are good places to start the background check/due diligence if you're looking for additional information. Also weigh carefully the quality of the hospital at which the treatments/procedure will take place because other professionals may be called upon to assist - and quality of facilities (and depth of field of the professionals) becomes very important.
You're asking good questions. Now, if you could only find the answers you're looking for! You'll do it. Just plod along.
Age: 59 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)
April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior
June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample
Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days
Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon
Post-op Gleason's: 3+3, Tertiary 4
Bladder & Urethral: Free
Seminal vesicles: Not involved
Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion: Not involved
Tumor: T2c; Location: Bilateral; Volume: 20%
Catheter: Removed 12-days after surgery
Incontinent: Yes (19 days post-op)
Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) three times weekly started 9-27-08
Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)