Great to make the Midwest connection, with you and your wife --- I'm very familiar with the Drake University campus where both of you went to college, back in the day ...
I thought some more about
your particular situation and have another suggestion, which might be helpful ... and HOPEFUL !
A friend of mine who lives in a distant state needed a "Hail Mary" treatment approach ... he has faced a series of set-backs and was feeling discouraged beyond words ...
In the end, his doctors called upon their "mighty powers" and decided to NETWORK with some other experts from places like M.D. Anderson in Texas and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota ...
Consulting together as a POWER team, my friend's doctors conferenced with those doctors and they put their minds TOGETHER and came up with a "chemo cocktail" mixture specifically suited for my friend's case ... my friend was losing hope, but started this new chemotherapy regimen, nonetheless ... a series of 10 treatments, given every three weeks ... and he's having success with each successive treatment ... to his amazement.
Doctors who consult with each other "from afar" can have test results and copies of scan reports sent electronically, back and forth, for these "long distance" consultations. My local doctors share everything "back and forth" with Mayo Clinic, where I go for occasional consultations and additional testing, throughout the year.
Our loyal friends here known as "Celebrate Life" on the forum have shared their story with you ... and they have kept finding some meaningful successes over time, just when a setback was put into their path ... inspiring all of us.
Anyway --- sometimes you have to become your own advocate --- you might ask your doctors if they could consult with some doctors from other established medical hospitals --- doctors DO have their networks with other doctors, across great distances, sometimes --- it has happened in my case, as well ... and for close friends of mine, just when they needed it the most.
You have my care, concern, and unwavering support !
Keeping in touch,
"Cyclone Fan" ~ Iowa State University
PSA At Diagnosis In Year 2013 : 138
Initial Diagnosis: Advanced Prostate Cancer, With Metastases In Both Lungs
Age At Diagnosis: 48 years
ADT Treatments: LUPRON, FIRMAGON, and currently ZOLADEX
Subsequent Treatments: Chemotherapy Treatments (TAXOTERE) & now ZYTIGA
Additional Medical Consultant - Dr. Eugene KWON - Mayo Clinic
PSA Level: Currently < 0.10, With Treatments Ongoing
Post Edited (ISU-CycloneFan) : 8/13/2016 10:56:55 AM (GMT-6)