Colin, glad you are still doing so well. The important thing is that you did get opinions and weighed them out yourself. The method, robotic vs.
open is far less important than the skill of the surgeon, as discussed often here, and the comfort and trust factor that you, the patient has with his doctor. That is talked about
less for some reason. I am definitely a first impression kind of person by nature, if I get bad vibes or gut feeling on someone, I rarely if ever change my opinion about
a person. Not saying that is good or bad, right or wrong. I am very much that way with doctors and other specialists. When it comes to subjecting myself, my body, or possibly my life in light of a medical or surgical matter, those gut feelings of mine are going to be the deciding factor with me, despite stats and percentages.
You living in an Eastern country far from the United States, made your decision process even more difficult but interesting to say the least. I admire you for working through it, getting the answers you needed, then making your primary treatment, and then of course, following through.
I sincerely hope your post surgery positives continue in that direction. You got to be feeling pretty good about
things so far.
David in SC
57, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsule, one post. margin, clear lymph nodes
2009 PSA 2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, 8/9 .16
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, considering options, 7/20 Catheter #6 after complete blockage, 8/14 met with Rad Oncl, still talking option, 8/18 - had laser scope surgery to clear blockage, now on Catheter #7