That's why I put the word (only) there. UCSF, as far as I know, does not have a pathologist who is solely dedicated to reading prostate biopsy slides like Bostwick or Epstein. Just tell your urologist to overnight it to them - it's a common practice.
As I said, Peter Carroll is world renowned. There may be surgeons at your local Kaiser who can do a great job as well.
As an empowered patient, I think you owe it to yourself to talk to the doctors I listed, and learn more about
your alternatives. You have what is commonly called "favorable intermediate risk" prostate cancer, which means you have plenty of time to make a decision. You were just diagnosed just last week, so it is way too soon to be "leaning" one way or another. We have all gone through what is often called "cancer panic" with a natural reaction to "just cut it out." That may be exactly where you wind up later, but in the meantime, take your time and go through a reasonable assessment process. Read the sticky for the newly diagnosed and stay
open to receiving as much information as you can. Don't rush this - you only get one chance to do it in the way that will be right for you.
BTW - I sometimes suggest to men in my support groups to change their insurance during
open enrollment in order to expand their alternatives.
Allen - not an MD
•PSA=7.3, prostate volume=55cc, 8/17 cores G6 5-35% involvement
•SBRT 7 yr onc. results
•SBRT 7 yr QOL results
•treated 10/2010 at age 57 at UCLA
•PSA now: 0.5
No lasting urinary, rectal or sexual side effects, except loss of ejaculate