My dad (58 years old) was first diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in June 2009 and after lots of testing, ER visits, Kidney scare, week long hospitalization and a whole lot of drama and finally meeting the surgeon who might perform the prostate removal surgery, he was diagnosed with a bladder tumor (malignant) in September 2009.
Prostate Surgery on hold (Gleason 6; PSA: 5.9 in May 2009; CT scan negative). He had his first surgery to remove the tumor in the bladder, but we still have to wait till we get the green light (bladder tumors completely gone) until we can move forward with the surgery. He will have another surgery in December to confirm bladder tumors gone and once that is confirmed then he can get the surgery.
I wanted to know if there was anyone who was on a similar boat and to see if there was a correlation. My dad seems to still be in denial re prostate cancer and thinks the bladder cancer caused/affected prostate and therefore once bladder tumors completely removed there will be no prostate cancer. I was told the cancer in bladder and prostate are different but just not sure...
Also if you are on the same boat if you could share the course of treatment taken for prostate cancer. My dad is not 100% sure for surgery which by the way will be the robotic assisted one by Dr. Gill at USC. This is all so difficult because there is a language barrier for my dad and I am the one trying to get him as much information as possible because ultimately he has to make the decision. I am rooting for surgery but he is leaning for the seed implantation method but doctors keep pushing surgery due to his age.
Any advice on fighting with the insurance company would be greatly appreciated too. Aetna HMO...so far been ok except for tons of delays.
Thanks for all the useful information!
Post Edited (jojobruin) : 11/26/2009 12:50:19 AM (GMT-7)