and you don't think your out of the country treatment wasn't for profit? the way that most, not all, american health insurance providers negotiate with the hospitals/doctors/treatments in recent years, has actually worked in favor for the patient. ask around here, most american men here have had to pay very little out of pocket for their PC treatments, myself included. i believe that our canadian and british brothers under their systems, also pay little to nothing out of pocket. a good medical practice, i.e., urological services, still has to be ran like a tight business, and like all business, absolutely doesn't want to pay more income taxes than any other business out there, that's the american way, lol. that part, is just business, but has nothing to do with the quality of the doctors or their services.
i think HIFU like your husband had, has very good possibilities for men with low grade PC, and meeting the criteria for safe treatment. He is braver than me, I know it will be ultimately approved by our FDA, but until it is, I wouldn't have the nerve to i leave the country and undertake a primary treatment like that, that hasn't been approved yet by the FDA. Its not a right or wrong thing, in my opinion, its a preference, and all treatments have risks associated with them.
the few men here at HW that underwent HIFU, I believe, if memory serves right, have all done well. One day, of course, the number of people doing it will increase once its approval is cleared for mainstream use in the US.
i hope he continues to do well, and that it zapped the living fool out of his cancer. my best to the both of you.
david in sc
Age: 58, 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, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, next one: Aug 3
Latest: 7/9 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - 38 days, mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 ,Cath #11 - 21 days, Cath #12 - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Cath #13 - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, Cath #17 - 39 days, 7/2 - Corr Surgery #6, Cath #18 - 13 days, Cath #19 - 17 days, Total Blockage, Cath # 20 - 7/19