The tape recorder idea is especially good for those that freeze up with the doctor or get intimidated, after my 81 year old mother had her recent stroke (12/26/2008), since it affected her speech more then anything else, she uses one with all her doctor meetings, as it can be confusing to her about all her different meds and apppointments. Later she can listen over and over until it makes sense, or has my wife (a nurse) transcribe what the dr. said for her.
And yes, the doctors, the test centers, the rad labs, the hospitals, all work for you, not the other way around, good point. If they don't produce or follow through, you can TRUMP their a** and fire them.
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves saved, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9 .05