Thanks for all the replys.
I am not a retired or disabled vet, but do qualify for medical benefits. I have no medical insurance and this limits my options.
I was biopsied 11/24/10 and found out 12/4/10 I was positive on 3 of 12 cores. Gleason was 3,3=6. PSA was 5.91 and 56.5 gram organ weight, with tumor in left lobe only. I am 61 years old. I have received a second patholgy opinion agreeing with the first patholygist report.
On 12/4/10 I got the first urologist's notes which reccommended I needed brachy seeds plus pelvic radiation and possibly andro. These notes contradict what this doc told me when he said, don't do andro. Then, I go meet the chief of urology 12/20/10 for 37 minutes where I'm supposed to discuss which treatment to do: Watchful waiting or brachy seeds or pelvic radiation or RP. In this report he wrote he had never been asked so many questions by a patient. He even typed things in his report I question the legality of.
He quote's a bunch percentages of what might happen for one of these treatments and then tells me it really depends on the individual how well things may turn out. This is like a craps game, but your betting body parts and how well they will function...or not... the rest of your life depending on seeds, radiation, RP or the wait & monitor approach.
I am leaning toward RP if they can do the nerver sparing and I can get a doctor who has done 300 or so of these RP operations. I hear robotic surgery is done well too. One guy says I can go to San Francicso VA for robotic surgery. So far, this sounds like what I want. Having 50 or so pelvic treatments or permanent seeds don't sould attractive. Waiting doesn't sound right either as my PSA has doubled to 10.9 as of a couple days ago.
So, I don't know what option to pick, they all seem to have potential sides greater than upsides.
The $18000 sounded intesting. I'd like to hear more.
Anyone gone outside the U.S.? For better price or better doc?