Checking Physician Statistics

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steve4640
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   Posted 2/22/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All:

Can anyone recommend the best place to find documentation of a doctor's track record or statistics of success regarding prostate cancer treatment?

Thanks

James C.
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   Posted 2/22/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Steve, Welcome to Healing Well, glad to have you hate to see you here. I hope you stay with us and share your Journey. One way is to make a Signature with the pertinent details of your Journey so far. Go to Control Panel, the Edit Profile and scroll to the bottom to make one. Someone should be along shortly to answer your question about ratings and such.
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
16 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix .35ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each 3 months


livinadream
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   Posted 2/22/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Steve, I am not sure there is one definitive site to answer this. Each state has excellent doctors that deal with PCa. Many many hospitals have excellent doctors. I would think you need to find one or two doctors you trust and the research their credentials. It is so easy to get your head screwed up by listening to people about their doctor. WHat some people look for in a doctor others dislike.
please share a little with me about your personal journey and I will be more able to share more thoughts.

peace to you
dale
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 46 (current)
My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
Casodex
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
latest PSA 5-27-08 0.11
PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
PSA Dec 16th, 2008 is .06
Testosterone keeps rising, the current number is 156, up from 57 in May
cancer in 4 of 6 cores
92%
80%
37%
28%
 


BDJC
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   Posted 2/23/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Steve, unfortunately no site like that exists. It is up to every man to assess whatever treatment matches up best for him based on his individual case of prostate cancer and the abilities of any given physician. Your goal is the same as any man newly-diagnosed with prostate cancer - to be cured of the cancer. You're right to look for documented information on how well an individual physician treats prostate cancer. A couple things for you to keep in mind - you want to judge each doc by the percentage of his patients that achieve PSA 0.2 ng/ml 10 years after treatment - even the radiation docs (don't trust the ASTRO definition). In order for a doc to answer this question, he must track all his patients on a regular basis; if he doesn't, he is simply guessing as how well he treats prostate cancer.

Some of the most notable practitioners out there who track their results are Dr. Patrick Walsh at Johns Hopkins and Dr. Frank Critz at Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia. Walsh is a surgeon who pioneered the nerve-sparing RP, and Dr. Critz developed a radiation procedure called ProstRcision that combines brachytherapy and IMRT external beam. Each has superb documented results at PSA 0.2 ng/ml.

Ultimately, it boils down to what procedure and physician will do the best job with your individual case of cancer. Remember, the choice is yours, not your docs, so keep doing your homework.
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