Yes I know them. Their practice includes one of the oldest and most significant seed brachytherapy clinic in the country. Their founder Frank Critz developed the adjuvant use of external beam radiation and brachytherapy as a successful alternative to surgery. They have done nearly 20,000 procedures and are well regarded. I know several men who have been treated by them and I consulted with them for treatment. My wife was treated by them for a tricky procedure and it went wonderfully.
Are you considering them for treatment? I ended up using HDR brachytherapy so I did not use RCOG. As an aside, they were purchased by Northside Hospital about six years ago.
Same here, I have several friends that have used the Atlanta based clinic(Prostrcision)- at least some were treated by Critz- and FWIW they seem happy after several years. Though I don't know their stats, and for the most part neither do they. At least one must have been a G6 as Critz gave him a 98% chance of a cure.
I also consulted with them by phone. Dr. Joseph Smith at Vanderbilt had advised surgery for me ( though I was originally not going to have him do it, he was just a consult ). He personally knew Critz, and spoke well of his group, but even though their brochure said NO HT, Smith insisted they would give me HT also, due to my large prostate. After I got home from Nashville to north MS, I called their clinic and e-mailed them my Bx/lab results, and one of their docs called me back, twice. He did his algorithm thing, and gave me roughly the same chance of a cure as surgery, either way about
60%. Though I chose the surgery, I was very close to going with them. Also, he did not try and influence me at all, did not recommend either RT or surgery, just gave me the numbers. Also, Smith was right, they told me I would need HT before the RT to shrink the prostate.
That's all I know about
PSA 10.9 ~112013
Bx on 112013 at age 64 yrs 11 months, with 5 of 12 pos with one G9(5+4), 1 PNI, T2B.
RALP with lymph nodes at Vanderbilt 021914. (nodes clear, SV+, still G9 but down graded to 4+5, cut wide, but 1 tiny foci right at the edge of margin ) Pros. 106.7 gms!
At 15 months, not wearing a pad most days, mostly dry
PSA <.01 on 6/11, 8/20/14 and 3/4/15, up to .01 on 9/1/15, .01 3/10/16