If you have Blue Cross Blue Shield (not the HMO versions) the upper line of insurance and it was actually less than the auto workers package get here in Michigan. Paid for all "8" my opinions, treatments, and even when I fired docs from other hospitals and had other tests done. ALL PAID....that was the best part of this disease and exceeded my expectations. You rejected looking at my information quickly Mike. On the drugs all LHRH paid (huge expensive stuff price varies upon how much they wish to gouge you)=Paid, casodex (co-pay like other Rx things). Good insurance is you friend when something like this comes along.
No comment on the rest of this thread, now 'game is on'. Except for mentioned below this.
I am rooting for you by the way, not me.
(notice I was not biased and did not said yes-yes go see Meyers...hmmmmmm...I did say seek multiple opinions, especially with your stats), he is considered a leading onco-doc especially on PCa...your decision! Not all onco-docs are PCa onco-docs....there can be a huge difference in knowledge and skill of what they prescribe and do. So for others just because they seek an onco-doc = (good) a PCa onco-doc (especially with track record)= (better).
Other onco-docs considered experts on PCa: Dr. Strum, Dr. Scholz, Dr. Israel Barken, Dr. Sartor, Dr. Leibowitz (different-outspoken). I can get more examples if needed. They exist and some lesser known ones are out there too. Just like there are average surgeons (or less) the same of onco-docs and probably any type doc.
Docs I fired(sha-nah-nah-sha-nah-nah-hey-hey-goodbye) while on the journey with good reasons (fyi): 1-uro-doc (original referral from emergency room had total urinary blockage- made many errors, thanks to books and information I recognized them, alittle later than I should have to); 1- radiation doc whom was not upfront with me and actually lied to me twice (verify what is said), 1-onco doc whom was biased in her approach for drug therapy (would not let me get proscar or avodart..when evidence back then 2002 showed better results for high risk patients using ADT3 combo(via abstract, etc.) vs. (ADT2 she wanted to do)-hey if she was that closed minded and I am looking for the 'best possible outcome'-that equals fired. Shows also she didn't know about benefit of ADT3 and the evidence that I found on it via, books, abstracts/internet and other docs I saw.
Oh and didn't hire (so not fired) uro-docs referral to quacky surgeon whom wrote it on paper and handed it to me "curative and 1% chance of incontinence"...he did not pass the smell test. (gone for him too). He is considered a pretty good surgeon here supposedly....sadly enough for the uninformed referred patient (caveat emptor).
Z-Bob (7 yr. warrior on PCa) - 'It is like being in a jungle'-words coined by Robert Young (past warrior due his kudos, by us whom live and his website lives for you: www.phoenix5.org