We frequently tell newbies to get to a center of excellence--which are not the same as the major "name" institutions in all cases. The point, I've always felt--as a guy who was living out in flyover country at the time of diagnosis--is that it's important to get to the best available where you are, not necessarily to the big coastal names.
IMO, some of it is about
branding--of course it is. But I think there might be advantages. For example, someone who has retired from Cleveland to Florida might be able to plug into CC Florida because it's already familiar and his records and former doctors are readily accessible to him.
So, it's both more complicated and less so than it appears.
Age at Diagnosis: 56
RALP on 2/17/15, BJC St. Louis, Dr. Figenshau
58.5g, G3+4, 20%, 4 quadrants involved
PSA 3/10/15: 0.10
My Story: www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=3300024