Appointment with Doctor in Orlando on Monday. Anyone have experience with this Doctor?

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I use to be a fish
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   Posted 3/26/2011 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I am a new member to this forum. This is my first post. My husband is soon to be 49 years old and was diagnosed with prostate cancer on March 14th, 2011. Here is a little history:

In December of 2009 he went for a routine physical and it was suggested by our friend who worked at the doctor's office that he have a PSA test. Okay! (By the way, what's a PSA test?) Results came back that his PSA was 5.1.

The doctor referred him to a urologist. Nothing was found on the DRE. After 10 days on antibiotics his PSA was 4.1. The doctor wanted to do another PSA test at his lab and it came back 4.4. Because this urologist was inpatient and unfriendly we sought out another urologist in the Orlando area. An older friend who had been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer had been referred to Dr. Inoel Rivera Ramirez at Winter Park Urology for a second opinion to his diagnosis. This doctor is very patient. He is a urologist/oncologist. My husband & I were afraid for him to have a biopsy, basically because we were under a lot of pressure from family members who "don't trust doctors" and were told that a biopsy would spread cancer so he decided to wait and check the PSA in three months. Okay with the doctor.

The PSA test three months later came back 2.4! Doctor felt comfortable with that number and told him to retest in four months. Four months later it was done and came back at 5.0. A month later he did another one and it came back 4.8. His free psa has been between 10-13%. Finally, because he was so sick of worrying about it, he had a biopsy on February 25, 2011. Results came back that he has cancer in 4 of the 12 samples and the Gleason score is a 6 (3+3). We were sent home with a book to read on different treatment options and his follow up appointment is this coming Monday. I would be interested in knowing if anyone has been treated by Dr. Inoel Rivera Ramirez. He was professor of Urology at the University of Florida and he said that he performed the first robotic surgery in Florida or Orlando (can't remember) in 2006. We like this doctor for his kind, patient manner, but realize that this is a one-time only operation & want to be sure that we have an excellent surgeon. I have read good things about Dr. Vipul Patel who performs robotic prostatectomies at Florida Hospital Celebration. (It has been claimed that he has performed the most robotic surgeries in the world.) Dr. Ramirez performs his robotic surgeries at Florida Hospital Orlando.

I'm also interested in what percentage of the members of this forum had to be treated with radiation after a radical prostatectomy. I have read alot of the posts here and am wondering if many of the members are on this forum because they have had problems. Thank you all for any input you can provide.

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   Posted 3/26/2011 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome aboard.  I live in the Midwest and can't address your central question about doctors' reputations, but thought I would at least say hello and assure you that by Monday you should have a lot of valuable input from our more seasoned members.
 
A lot of us probably wish our original biopsy score had been Gleason 6.  If a person has to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, Gleason 6 is much better than the higher numbers.  Of course that's the biopsy score, and it's not uncommon to get a second opinion from one of the better known labs to see if they concur, and it's also possible that the score could be higher or lower when the actual surgery (assuming you choose surgery) is completed and the prostate itself is biopsied.  If he is, indeed, a Gleason 6, and if the cancer is found to be organ contained, I wouldn't think any radiation treatment would follow.
 
Read and re-read the materials you were given, and perhaps visit your nearest library to look for other books on prostate cancer and the treatment thereof, especially Dr. Walsh's book.  Take your time, don't rush, listen to what the doctors tell you, and make an informed decision.  It's likely the options available will range from active surveillance on up.  Find a skilled doctor you're comfortable with, make unhurried decisions, and commit to a course of action.  I think you'll find folks here who are eager to help and advise in any way they can.
Age 65
Dx in June 2010.
PSA gradually rising for 3 years to 6.2
Biopsy confirmed cancer in 6 of 12 cores, all on left side
Gleason 7 (3 + 4)
Bone scan, CT scan, rib x-rays negative.
DaVinci 8/20/10
Negative margins; negative seminal vesicles
5 brothers, ages 52-67 ; I'm the only one with PCa
Continence OK after 7 weeks. ED continues.
PSA 1/3/10: 0.01

I use to be a fish
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   Posted 3/26/2011 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your reply. I have read lots of interesting posts here. I do have Dr. Patrick Walsh's book on Surviving Prostate Cancer. I have just about finished it. I also read the Prostate Cancer Protection Plan (I think that's the name) a year ago when we first started talking and learning about PSA scores. Over the course of the year he has radically changed his eating. No animal fats, lots of soy, tons of vegetables ( and lots of farts!), green tea, tomato juice, pretty much the regimen laid out in the Prostate Cancer protection plan. I have created a list of questions to go over with the doctor. Actually, I know much more about prostate cancer than my husband does. I guess I can contribute that to my love of reading! And, I might add, I'm glad I don't have a prostate! Thanks to everyone for their open, frank information about their journey. It has been comforting!

Purgatory
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   Posted 3/26/2011 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
ex-fish

welcome aboard, glad you are well read and already researching on your husband's situation. we have a member, sonny, that lives in your area, and hopefully he will see your post. he is very familiar with the doctors and facilities in the orlando area.

sounds like you are already doing a lot of the right things, and you are correct, your husband's primary and hopefully only treatment needed, is critical, and you don't get to do it over again. so study much, and choose wisely.

some of us stay on, because we have an endless stream of new folks coming here, and we like to help, and yes, with some of us, myself included, my pc journey has been plagued with endless problems. i had open surgery, it failed quickly, then i had salvage radiation, and it has recently failed quickly too. you never know what you are going to get with this thing called PC.

please keep us posted, and ask all the questions you need along the way

good luck

david in SC
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 2/11 1.24
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10,

Susan R
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   Posted 3/26/2011 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
HI,
I would suggest putting together a book, what we refer to as "THE CANCER BOOK". I took a 3 ring notebook and some sheet protectors and started putting together all the lab results, info from DR appts, questions we wanted to ask, medical history, medications, prescriptions (we made copies before taking to pharmacy) , insurance info and referrals/authorizations (as they came in), I also placed a month to month calendar in it so I could keep appts easily accessible. I then would go with my husband to every Dr appt, every biopsy, x-ray, scan, surgery, post-op appt, pre-op appt. I am sure his Drs didnt like me much since I would sit there with the book open and a pencil referring to my questions and then writing his answers. This book has come in handy many many times. I highly suggest you start and keep one. As you will find the deeper into this the Dr appts will start to run together, along with what day you found out what test result. I paid money for an online book that I could just make copies of, instead of recreating the wheel, it is called Stepping stone journal. I wouldnt suggest paying, once I had paid, I found lots of websites that were free. But google the Stepping stone journal to get an idea.

I wish you and your husband the best of luck in these scary times. Prostate cancer is a "couples disease". It will effect you both, communication between you and your loving husband is going to be so important. You have come to the right place for fantastic support from some amazing men (and their loving women!)
Husband 39 at diagnosis 12/2010.
No symptoms, PSA 18 in 10/2010
one month antibiotic then PSA 12.6 in 11/2010
biopsy end of 11/2010 Gleason 6
Da Vinci prostatectomy 2/2/2011
1-2 pads per day
nocturnal erections within a month, and able to have sex with Levitra.
1st post-op PSA less than .05

staging: pT2aNo, Gleason 6

tatt2man
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   Posted 3/26/2011 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
ex-fish:
I am sorry you had to go through the stress of
I used to be a fish said...
... My husband & I were afraid for him to have a biopsy, basically because we were under a lot of pressure from family members who "don't trust doctors" and were told that a biopsy would spread cancer ...


That was one of the things that I read about while in the urologist's waiting room ( the receptionist handed me a magazine to read - it was on Prostate Cancer).... by the end of the visit, I learned that the chance of spreading PCa through the biopsy was very very rare.... even the chance of sepsis is reduced greatly by the introduction of antibiotics prior to and after the biopsy.

Your husband is going well starting his journey with a gleason 6 and 4 out of 12 samples - learn as much as you can, ask questions and take notes during meetings ( they love that!) .... radiation may not be in your future -
:-)
"think positive"
:-)

There are great links at HW at the top of the page - lots of information - and with the forum postings - you can get lots of patient-to-patient support.

Wishing you and your hubbie all the best.

hugs,
BRONSON
Age:55 -gay with spouse of 14 years, Steve -Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA:10/06/09 3.86
Biopsy:10/16/09- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy:11/18/09
Pathology:pT3a -Gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
PSA:04/08/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA:09/23/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA:03/24/11 -0.02 -Zero Club
PSA:03/24/12- TBA

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I use to be a fish
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   Posted 3/26/2011 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your positive words. Susan, I did go out and buy a three ring binder yesterday with some dividers for medical records & plastic slips that I could put in newspaper articles, printouts from the internet, etc. I think it helps me to feel more empowered. I don't really care what the doctors think about my presence & questions at my husbands appointments. Afterall, we are his customers/clients. And they are there to take care of our needs!

Purgatory
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   Posted 3/26/2011 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
ex-fish,

we men here at hw, love the support of our wives, spouses, daugthers, etc. it helps us immensely in so many ways. i think you are doing all the right things. and yes, the doctor works for you, despite what visions of grandour he may think otherwise. i love a good straight shooting doctor with good bedside manners, i am fortunate to have that. when i am with either of my main doctors, its like the clock stops running, and they devote themselves to me, my issues, my questions. not everyone is that lucky. i never feel hurried, and the doctors appreciate the fact that i am in very much tune with my body and issues, and at least as far as a patient goes, somewhat educated.

keep going like you are, and you and your husband will do fine.

david in sc
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 2/11 1.24
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10,

medved
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   Posted 3/26/2011 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello former fish. (Are you sure you are not still a fish?). If you are thinking about Dr. Patel, why not schedule a meeting to talk with him? You can see what you think of his experience, as well as personality, responsiveness, etc., and probably get even more educated in the process. Look at it this way: if you were thinking about buying a new car, you would not hesitate to take the time to vist a few dealerships, ask a bunch of questions, take some test drives, etc. You are only going to buy one of the cars, but you want to check out several to make sure you are happy with the one you select. And obviously this decision is MUCH more important than buying a car. So if you are considering two docs, why not meet with both, ask a bunch of questions about approach, level of experience, results (cancer control and side effects), and see what you think. You might even meet with a radiation oncologist -- a different specialty -- to get a different perspective. Radiation (seeds, external beam, or both) is a viable alternative to surgery. I am not saying it is better, but worth considering as an option. There are some very well regarded radiation oncologists in Florida, including Dr. Dattoli in Sarasota. It is, IMO, worth doing this sort of due diligence, to make sure you are fully comfortable with your (or your husband's, I suppose) decision.

You also ask about whether people on this board are here because of recurrence. People are here for lots of different reasons. But it is also worth keeping in mind the people who are not here: many who get the diagnosis, consider their options, have a treatment, get cured, and move on with life. I hope you are Mr. Former Fish are among them.

Regards, Medved

GOP
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   Posted 3/27/2011 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   

'I used to be a fish' reminds me of an excerpt from a Faulkner novel  :'My mother is a fish'...any connection?

Have you considered options other than surgery?


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   Posted 3/27/2011 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
A former  Florida Marlins player or fan?  Interesting name.  But then, I think the name I use here is pretty dumb and have been thinking about changing it.

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   Posted 3/27/2011 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Clocknut will not become watchscrew
 
Mel

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   Posted 3/27/2011 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
ex-fish,
 
My post to you would be all of what clocknut first posted, after taking a chance to welcome you to our corner of the world.
 
I would expect that your insurance may (mine does) actually require a second medical opinion before surgery. The question is always if the doctors you want to see are in-network and that they accept your insurance. That was a bit of an issue for me.
 
I kept notes as well. To help you organize, you might contact Lance Armstrong's foundation, which will send you (free or charge/obligation) a set of general cancer notebooks/diaries that help organize a lot of daily information.
Another source is the American Cancer Society, which has (free) kits that are a little more customized called "Personal Health Manager".
Even if you don't use these sorts of forms, they will remind you of details that you might need to add to your own diary.
 
And last, I always suggest that you take a small recorder, and record the medical sessions (of course asking the physician's permission). I was later amazed at how much was said, and how little I heard / remembered.
 
Again, welcome.
 
DaVinci 10/2009
My adjuvant IGRT journey (2010) -
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1756808

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   Posted 3/27/2011 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Former Fish:
 
First of all, welcome to HW.  Sorry you have to be here but I think you will find it to be a useful and supportive place.
 
Most of the patients on this site are surgery patients and most urologists are surgeons so you made get more of that perspective.  However, I would just like to second the advice you received from medved.  To do due dilligence on the disease, you owe it to yourselves to see a good radiation oncologist to become fully educated on your options.  Dr. Dattoli in Sarasota is one of the best and I would say it is well worth your time to take the short drive from Orlando to get this important perspective.
 
Good luck and please let us know your progress.  If you would like to see a detailed "journey" of one patients experience with brachytherapy (seeds), please feel free to copy and past the link at the end of my signature.
 
Regards,
 
Tudpock (Jim)
Age 62 (64 now), G 3 + 4 = 7, T1C, PSA 4.2, 2/16 cancerous, 27cc. Brachytherapy 12/9/08. 73 Iodine-125 seeds. Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort. Everything continues to function normally as of 12/8/10. PSA: 6 mo 1.4, 1 yr. 1.0, 2 yr. .8. My docs are "delighted"! My journey:
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1305643&g=1305643#m1305643

I use to be a fish
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   Posted 3/27/2011 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again everyone for your replies. As regards the "I use to be a fish" it just has to do with my maiden name.

My husband is more interested in surgery than radiation because of his age and because his doctor told him that they aren't really sure what effect radiation can have on a person 20 years down the line. From reading the John Hopkins books it also states that surgery is the "gold standard" in prostate cancer treatment - that is if you are young enough and healthy enough. Funny, my husband is young enough & healthy enough which makes it all the more confusing as to why he has prostate cancer. A healthy man who never gets sick, has his own business, has more energy than teenagers. Wouldn't you think that a person who has a weaker immune system and is susceptible to getting sick would be more likely to end up with something like cancer verses someone who never gets sick? A friend of my family just found out that his cancer has returned after doing the seed radiation. I think it's been about five years. His advice for my husband was "get the darn thing out of there!"

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   Posted 3/27/2011 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, You Fish.

Welcome to HW.

The day before my first PSA, I was a healthy 'young' guy, too. Never smoked, not overweight, regular exercise, no pains, no performance problems, all parts working and exceeding specifications... and then my PSA came back 17.8. Six weeks later it was 23.2. Five weeks after that my prostate was in the hospital Bio-hazard bucket. Good Riddance. My PSA has been below 0.05 ever since. Whew.
Unfortunately, I fell into that small percentage of guys with QOL problems - but those issues are manageable.

I wish you both piscatorial luck.

Jeff
Age: 58, Mar 35 yrs, 56 dx, PSA: 4/09 17.8 6/09 23.2
Biopsy: 6/09 7 of 12 Pos, 20-70%, Gleason 4+3 Bone, CT Neg
DaVinci RP: 7/09, U of Roch Med Ctr
Path Rpt: Glsn 3+4, pT3aNOMx, 56g, Tumor 2.5x1.8 cm both lobes and apex
EPE present, PNI extensive, Sem Ves, Vas def clear, Lymph 0/13
Incont: 200ml/day ED: Trimix
Post Surg PSA: 10/09 .04, 4/10 .04, 7/10 <0.01, 12/10 <0.01
AdVance Sling 1/10/11 Dry

rhb47
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   Posted 3/27/2011 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi X-Fish,

Welcome to the forum. My husband was diagnosed 3/10 and had surgery done by Dr. Vip Patel 8/10. We were very happy with Dr. Patel and my husband's outcome-no e.d. or incontinence-but---every case is different. The hospital was wonderful and we would highly recommend it, as we would Dr. Patel. That said, study up and make your decision based on what feels right to you. Surgery was right for us but there are other options . One note about Dr. Patel- he will not operate without a second opinion on the biopsy slides. We really appreciated that he wanted to be very sure about the diagnosis.

Kind regards,

Renee
p.s. I would be glad to answer any questions about our experience with the dr.
Husband diagnosed 3/10
Age 56, PSA 4.7, free 7.6%

Biopsy 5 of 10 cores positve-all right side-25% to 57%
Gleason 6
DaVinci surgery with Dr. Vip Patel scheduled 8/9/10

Post Op: Gleason 3+4=7
Negative surgical margins and lymph nodes
No seminal vesicle and angiolymphaic invasion
perineural invasion present
Both nerve bundles spared
No ED or incontinence
6 wk. PSA <.1
4 month <.1

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   Posted 3/27/2011 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Former Fish:
 
I won't try to persuade you one way or another re a choice of treatment even though I obviously preferred radiation.  What I will tell you is that many of us here think it is smart to get opinions from both surgeons and radiation oncologists so that you have educated yourself and can make an informed decision.  Obviously it's your decision but I think you would be smart to ask appropriate questions of both disciplines before jumping to one or the other.
 
This decision is a big deal that not only has implications re the cure of the cancer but also on long term quality of life.
 
Tudpock (Jim)
Age 62 (64 now), G 3 + 4 = 7, T1C, PSA 4.2, 2/16 cancerous, 27cc. Brachytherapy 12/9/08. 73 Iodine-125 seeds. Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort. Everything continues to function normally as of 12/8/10. PSA: 6 mo 1.4, 1 yr. 1.0, 2 yr. .8. My docs are "delighted"! My journey:
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1305643&g=1305643#m1305643

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   Posted 3/27/2011 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear former Denizen of the Deep,
 
Don't be afraid to ask hard questions of any doctor you talk to.  I remember asking how many surgeries he had done, what the worst thing that had happened during one of his surgeries might have been, what his rates of return to full continence and potency were.  We also asked who else would be in the operating theater, what would happen if the machine or computer program went haywire, and why the surgery we were considering was a better choice than other treatments available to us.  We talked at length about all those things.
 
My wife is a registered nurse with 40 years of experience.  I was glad to have her there as my advocate, and also later during the hospital stay.  As you said in an earlier post, you're the customer and the doctor is there to meet your needs, and I get the sense you're going to be extremely helpful as your husband moves along in his treatment. 
 
I was surprised to find out that the uro/surgeon would start the operation, make the initial incisions, then break scrub to operate the DaVinci machine.  So, if it became necessary to convert to open surgery, it would be his assistant who would take over.  I don't know if that's always how it works, but it seemed important to know..
 
If you don't have the questions you want to ask written down, you'll easily forget to ask something.
 
Yes, you and your husband are young to have to deal with all of this.  My wife and I will keep you both in our thoughts and prayers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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   Posted 3/28/2011 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Former Fish,

I live in Orlando and my Uro is also at Winter Park Urology. Although not the one you are asking about I can say that WPU is a class act. I did meet with one of their surgeons after my dx but to be honest can't remember his name. Had a lot going on when I was dx.

I have also heard many things about Dr. Patel. Never met him in person, but there are a couple of guys who frequent here that went to him for treatment. I can say that he has a great publicist. Lots of newspaper articles, lots of references to his surgery numbers and so on. However, there are also a lot of articles and comments about how many of them are hand-offs to some other dr while he just looks on.

My brothers would agree that there is a definite learning curve associated with da Vinci and experience and number of surgeries is something to look at and count on. Doesn't necessarily mean that a high number of surgeries is always successful, but there are basics and fine tuning that occur during this learning curve process. I chose to fly to Detroit and have surgery by one of the pioneers in the use of da Vinci for PCa and alas I am still dealing with it. Not his fault, I just have a nasty, little stick around form of it I guess.

As a Gleason 6 there is not a real hurry. Take your time and really get up to speed on options, side effects and quality of life issues. We all want the cancer gone, but living with it and enjoying life after treatment should be considered a MAJOR issue as well.

My email is active in my profile. If you guys want to talk in person, shoot me an email.

Sonny
60 years old - PSA 11/07 3.0 PSA 5/09 6.4
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5% positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2
1/5/11 PSA 3.9
3/7/11 PSA 4.2

JNF
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   Posted 3/28/2011 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
As close ads you are to Dr. Datolli I would strongly advise you to meet with them and get an assessment. Yes, Johns Hopkins marketing department refers to surgery as the gold standard, but be aware that radiation has proven to be as good or better with fewer and less severe side effects. I used radiatiuon and my doctors say it is the "new" gold standard. I would advise you to meet with an excellent surgeoin and also meet with an excellent radiation oncologist. Then mneet with men who have have had each treatment and check on their situation in side effects.

With a G6 and the PSA level, this is not an emergency. You have time to do effective research and then choose the most appropriate method. There is no need to hurry. Yours is a case where a rush to judgement could be detrimental in the long term.

Please, take your time and develop a relaxed approach to the research. Get a 2nd and 3rd opinion from several different methods. open surgery, robotic, high dose brachytherapy, low dose permanent seeds, IMRT/IGRT all should be evaluated up front before a decision is made.
PSA 59 on 8-26-2010 age 60. Biopsy 9-8-2010 12/12 positive, 20-80% involved, PNI in 3 cores, G 3+3,3+4,and 4+3=G7, T2b.
Eligard shot and daily Jalyn started on 10-7-2010.
IMRT to prostate and lymph nodes 25 fractions started on 11-8-2010, HDR Brachytherapy 12-6 and 13-2010.
PSA <.1 and T 23 on 2-3-2011.

JNF
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   Posted 3/28/2011 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Another source for information is USTOO. This is a group that helps those of us, and our families, with prostate cancer. I just saw that there are six local chapters in Florida. They sponsor meetings and help you get in touch with people that have gone through whst you are embaking on.

Just go to www.ustoo.org. Then look for the list of chapters in Florida.

Hope this helps.
PSA 59 on 8-26-2010 age 60. Biopsy 9-8-2010 12/12 positive, 20-80% involved, PNI in 3 cores, G 3+3,3+4,and 4+3=G7, T2b.
Eligard shot and daily Jalyn started on 10-7-2010.
IMRT to prostate and lymph nodes 25 fractions started on 11-8-2010, HDR Brachytherapy 12-6 and 13-2010.
PSA <.1 and T 23 on 2-3-2011.

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   Posted 3/29/2011 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Former Fish,
 
I was operated on by Dr. Patel and can only say the operation and recovery was fine the hospital is first rate and Dr. Patel's staff are caring and knowledgeable.  I also went to him because my doctor said he is the best. I had no issues with continence.  I was a Gleason 8 going in so my surgery and follow up SRT were failures, but I do not blame Dr. Patel he was always honest and responsive and I was never handed off to other doctors.  Three other friends have gone to him with very positive results.
No continence issues and so far no recurrance issues.  I cannot say one doctor over another makes a big difference but I wanted someone with a lot of experience.  Hope this helps and good luck in your decision.  Take your time to decide what is best, schedule an appointment and talk with Dr. Patel you have nothing to lose.
 
Jerry1 
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