What is an MO and what is an RO?
MO = Medical Oncologist.
RO = Radiation Oncologist.
Mentor, RO treats cancer with radiation, MO treats cancer with medications (chemo)
"JNF" said... "I believe you should look for a MO that is very active and experienced treating advanced PCa in a proactive way, not just palliative."
I would so like to find a source listing MO's with those qualifications. In almost every case their CV's are so general it's impossible to discern what their specific expertise, specialty or treatment philosophy is.
Agreed. Word of mouth or online forums seems to be the only source. "Should I get an MO involved?" was one of my early questions to my RO when he was planning my treatment. His answer was "no". Then he retired soon after my treatment ended. And when my Uro referred me to a surgeon to implant the AUS, I essentially ended up with a new urologist. So I have no support system in the event that my next few PSA's might show an increase. It wouldn't hurt to be prepared and start looking now. Sort of like funeral planning.
My wife's oncologist is a "hemo-onc" who deals only with blood disorders, so I can see where we (us guys) would need an onc who specializes in prostate cancer. My RO did only genitourinary oncology and the surgeon who did my bowel resection does only GI surgery, so I can see where a PCa oncologist would have special knowledge that someone who treats mostly colon cancer would not know much about
(no matter what we might be told during an interview). It's sort of like, "yeah, we can work on foreign cars".
2014-15: PSA's 9, 12, 20, 25, Neg DRE's, false neg TRUS biopsy
6/16: New Uro, MRI Fusion biopsy, 6 pos Rt Base (15-40-100%) G8(4+4)
8/16: DaVinci RP, 3 foci EPE, PNI, 11 LN-, 53g, 25% Gr4, BL SVI, pT3b
1/17: Started Lupron ADT, PSA's ~.03
5/17: AMS800 implant, revised 6/17
8/17: 39 tx RapidArc IMRT (70 Gy)
1/18, 4/18, 7/18, 1/19: PSA's <0.008, T=9
2018: Dx Radiation Colitis & other weird stuff