Realziggy, I thought that too reading this new friend's post. My surgeon wouldn't even consider the surgery with me, until a min. of 8 weeks from my last biopsy till first surgical date. They tend to like the old prostate healed up before removal.
Perhaps in Canada, schedules are different, don't know how much choice a person has under that system.
I have been fortunate with the cost part. I was dx. after being laid off from my job, my boss paid my premiums for 6 months so that i could be covered, that got me through the big surgery, then at open enrollment, my wife picked me up on her insurance and they had to accept prior conditions. Just forunate timing mostly. I have only had to pay $40 USD out of pocket so far, for my open surgery, 4 days in the hospital, 3 more corrective day surgeries, and 39 days of radiation treatments. I did have to pay $150 out of pocket for an ER visit with one of my many catheter emergencies, but then t he insurance company later refunded us the money..
David in western South Carolina (live in a small city of 20,000 just outside of Greenville by the mountains)
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA:
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 in place