Thanks for the post. While the US is mired in health reform, there is talk of limiting malpractice awards here but it has stiff resistence. I live in Nevada, which has been notoriously one of the top states in awards in malpractice suits. We had to have legislation changed a few years back when hundreds of doctors gave up their Nevada practices and moved on. The problem became so rash that we had only one state run trauma center serving over 1.7 million people in Las Vegas. A court order forced doctors to stay on duty as they all wanted to get out of the emergency business due to malpractice law suits. It has since been improved but still Nevada lags way behind other states in quality of health care.
I do not blame the Swiss for this action at all.
Age 47 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Gleason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 11, 2009): <0.1
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