any recomendations for a good urologist in so cal??

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   Posted 12/9/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
can anyone recomend a good urologist in the san bernadino, orange county or LA area?? let me know if you have one thanks,

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   Posted 12/9/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Try going to an USToo meeting in your area. You will get more recommendations than you can handle. Pay attention to the names that come up most frequently and speak to the people at the meetings and you will begin to get a sense of the good guys in the area. The meetings are usually at a hospital in the area. Check around some.

Diagnosed 04/10/08
Age 58
PSA 21.5 (first and only test resulted from follow up visit to emergency room for kidney stone. first time for kidney stone too)
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear
Chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
PSA test on July 14, 08 after 8 weeks hormone .82
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 to be full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.
Completed IMRT/IGRT 09/11/08.
Second Lupron shot 09/11/08
Next PSA test by oncologist 03/09

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 158
   Posted 12/10/2008 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Ihave three words for you my brother  CITY OF HOPE in duarte ca, dr mark kawachi is considered the best on the west coast and his co surgeon timothy wilson ,google his name and see what comes up ,trust me he is the best in your area and i traveled 700 miles to get to him please e mail me if you have any questions ,oh and by the way i have the data  to back this up as well as the recovery stats on me and several other patients  you can e mail me  any time he s your guy ,,,,,,,,,,,dirt

Diagnosed November 2007   (43 years old )
PSA 3.9 / Gleason 6 / TC1 6 cores 1 shows 25%
Sugery scheduled 5/29/08 - City of Hope - Dr. Mark Kawachi
 "First show of the day"
 and now for the new ive been waiting for
 FINAL PATH REPORT:gleason upgraded to 3+4 T2c bilateral disease,tumor involvment 5%
extra prostatic extention:absent
seminal vesical invasion :absent
pathological staging:pTNM pT2 ORGAN CONFINED
margins free of carcinoma
usable erections ;6-6-08 with little blue pill
continence; 1 pad a day, dry at night

John T
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   Posted 12/11/2008 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Dr Mark Sholtz in Marina Del Rey at Prostate Oncology Specialists. He's an Oncologist and knows more about prostate cancer than any urologist I have been treated by over the last years.

John T

Diagnosed 10-08 at 63 with PSA of 33
PSA was 4.4 in 1999 and has risen steadily.
Had 13 biopsies and an endorectal MRI, all negative until 10-08. Two cores out of 25 with a gleason 6
2nd opinion with an oncologist said cancer found was insignificant, but suspected larger tumor somewhere.
Doppler ultrasound with target biopsy indicate a large tumor in the transition zone, gleason 7.
Bone and CT scans negative.
PSA3= 43; high normal is 35
Currently evaluating treatment options, surgery is not an option as a high probability of positive margin exists.
John T

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   Posted 12/11/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Have to agree with Dirt, Tim Wilson was my doc and is highly recommended. He does only Da Vinci, so if for some reason you want another option, Eila Skinner at Norris Cancer Center is very good, and she and Wilson spoke highly of each other.
Age 53
Diagnosed September 2008.
6 of 12 cores positive
Gleason 4+3 = 7
Da Vinci surgery at City of Hope December 8, 2008
Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection
More to come....

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 23
   Posted 12/12/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Kia Michel with Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. My husband hates doctors and actually likes Dr. Michel. The Da Vinci surgery was a great success. Dr. Michel is wonderful and he's a nice, caring man.
Husband's biopsy: 10/3/08
Husband's diagnosis: 10/10/08
Husband's age at time of diagnosis: 54
PSA: 5.0
Gleason: 3+4
Clinical stage at time of diagnosis: T1c
DRE: No nodules
CT and bone scans: Negative

Surgery: DaVinci robotic on 11/24
Gleason: 3+3
Margins: Clear
25% of prostate involved
Incontinence issues: Surprisingly few
ED: Still working on that

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 12/12/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Tim Wilson was mine. Kawachi is equally as good. City of Hope rocks...

Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE)
Bilateral seminal vesicle invasion (SVI); Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (September 17 '08): <0.1 ~ Undetectable!
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