I have an annual visit with my VA primary care doc, even though I get most of my medical care outside the VA - Dana-Farber for PCa, nearby UMass Medical Center for routine care. If it wasn't a 40 mile drive to Boston I'd gladly transfer all my care to the VA, other than my PCa which I would keep at Dana Farber. I like my VA doc much more than my primary care doc at UMass. If I need expensive treatments - Zytiga etc, -- in the future, Dana-Farber says they will coordinate with VA to save me the large co-pays under my Medicare Advantage plan. I've had excellent care at the VA - vision and hearing tests. Just got a new pair of glasses a couple of weeks ago. The optician saw the frames I was wearing (non-VA) and found me similar even though not on the display wall.
I moved my EpiPen prescript
ion to the VA when the co-pay jumped from $40 to $340 under my Medicare Advantage plan. My cost through VA was $8 and is now $0 since I was re-rated at 100% again-active Agent Orange related PCa. My 100% rating also qualifies me for dental care, which is excellent, cleanings, fillings, periodontist, probable new crown on next visit.
I'm a four year Navy radioman. A year in Vietnam with a 25 man coastal surveillance detachment on an RVN navy base in Danang and two more years in Patrol Squadron 8, an anti-submarine air squadron, out of Maryland and Bermuda.
-2002-PSA 9.4, 5 of 10 cores 30-50%
-RP 2002 PT3B N0 MX Gleason 3+4 75% left lobe small focus rt lobe
-PSA low 0.01 slow rise to 0.4
-SRT 2010 1 lymph node targeted. Casodex during SRT
-PSA 0.00 thu 2014
-0.02 Oct 14; 0.04 Apr 16; 0.2 Oct 16; 0.51 Jan 17; 2.46 Jan 18, 4.19 Apr 18;
-6.62 May 18 start Firmagon; PSA 0.45 Jun; 0.08 Jul '18; 0.02 Sept '18
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