I had robot surgery and am having RT at the Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek Hospital in Amsterdam, a hospital that is part of the Netherlands Cancer Institute.
I heard from people who knew people who had been there that it was good.
I choose it on the basis that it was the only hospital that I could get to that did the Da Vinci.
Each year a Dutch periodical of the calibre of Time carries out an independent survey of all hospitals in the country (Bearing in mind the size of the Netherlands compared to the size of the US and thus the total number of hospitals involved this is not that complex, I think there were 98 hospitals in the most recent data I've seen) And in the field of Oncology the Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek came out top, which is good enough for me.
Age at Dx 48 No Family history of Prostate Cancer
Married 25 years, and I cannot thank my wife enough for her support.
April 2009: PSA 8.6 DRE: negative. Tumour in 2 out of 12 cores. Gleason 3+3.
RALP (nerve-sparing) at AVL-NKI Hospital Amsterdam on 29th July 2009. Stay 1 night.
Partial erections on while catheter still in. Catheter out on 6th Aug 2009.
Dry at night after catheter came out
Post-op Gleason 3+4. Tumour mainly in left near neck of bladder.
Left Seminal Vesicle invaded, (=T3b!)
no perineraul invasion, no vascular invasion. clear margins,
Erection 100% on 15th Aug 2009, but lots of leaking of urine
Stopped wearing pads on 21st Sept 2009
Pre-op style intercourse on 24th Oct 2009 !! No use of tablets, jabs, VED etc. but...
Nov 17th 2009 PSA = 0.1
Can still get erections okay, and almost no leaking of urine, but since December 2009 I don't have orgasms, instead I just have intense pain in place where prostate used to be.
Mar 17th 2010 PSA = 0.4!!! referred to radiation therapist
April 13th 2010 CT scan.
April 28th 2010 Started Radiation Therapy (66Gy - 33 sessions)