Hi Bronson, as a fellow Canadian I add my welcome, and regrets that you have to be here in the first place. But, as all have said, if you've got PCa this is a great place to be. My cost for daVinci and consults with several surgeons and urologists was $25 --- the upcharge for one night in a semi-private room. Since my PCa diagnosis I've had six other people who have just been diagnosed call me up for advice. It is interesting to watch them work through the system. I'd say my experience was concierge most all the way. The biggest hassle being the time I have to sit at the lab waiting to give blood to get my PSA checked. And, from what I've seen, the others are being looked after well, and promptly.
May you, and all here, finish 2010 with an undetectable PSA as the start of a lifetime of zeros,
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues, but better every week.
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