Posted 11/1/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -6)
I am currently undergoing hormone therapy treatment for my prostate cancer (see my stats below) at Hackensack University Medical Centers Cancer Center.
I have been talking with the Cancer Center of America in Philadelphia to see if they might offer a different treatment approach. They are considered an out-of-network facility so I have to cover my deductable and my co-payment after that is 70%. They want me to come there for a 3 day evaluation with their doctors, nutritionists etc. But the cannot estimate the cost!
I wonder what kind of opinions that people on this board could share about their experience, positive and negative, about Cancer Centers of America and in particular the one in Philadelphia.
My doctors here say that hormone therapy is the "gold standard" of treatment considering my advanced stage and that anywhere else I would go the treatment would be the same. Well, if that is true then I would be better off staying with my current doctors. However, I don't always buy the line that this is the only way, but I'm too new at this to make an informed decision.
Any help will be appreciated.
Biopsy 7-29-08 12 cores taken.
Biopsy Result 8/19/08 Gleason 9 (4+5), 12 of 12 positive,
CT Scan: Positive Lymph Node Involvement
Bone Scan: Positive Involvement shows in right hip
Treatment: Hormone Therapy: Casodex started 8/28/08
First Lupron Shot Scheduled 9/10/08