Posted 2/18/2021 3:25 PM (GMT -7)
Hello, Jeff and Stephanie ~~~
It's good to hear from you, once again.
We all have to find our way through the entanglement of diagnosis ---- new scans, endless tests, anxiety, worrisome thoughts, more medical appointments, and decisions.
It's almost like being in the forest, somehow, without a trail map to follow, when you first get diagnosed ... but then you start finding your way forward, it seems.
It can be overwhelming, in every sense of the word. Focus on "one day at a time" --- and things somehow start to fall into place. I was thankful to get a treatment plan started, following my diagnosis ...
I am thankful you are already involved with Mayo Clinic.
Your case, as with mine, involves some complexities, and that's why I decided to add Mayo Clinic to my healthcare plan.
Choosing one's doctor is a personal decision. I echo JNF's thoughtful reply to you, in terms of wanting nothing but the very best for you.
Should you ever decide to decide to consult with Dr. Kwon, you can call the urology department, and state Jeff's current medical concerns. They sometimes "save" appointments for complex cases that arise.
They sometimes have cancellations, especially in the winter --- and perhaps due to the pandemic situation.
Each of us put faith and trust in our doctors. Mayo Clinic would already have all your records and scan results, so that is some peace of mind for you.
On a personal note --- I have been seeing Dr. Kwon for about 5 years now. He is considered "visionary" in his approach. He is known for a cutting-edge approach to help patients and sees clients from all over the globe.
A couple of examples: he is known for putting together individualized chemotherapy mixtures, based on a patient's particular needs. He calls them "chemotherapy cocktails" --- in his words.
Several of my friends have also been diagnosed with prostate cancer that had complexities. They have also sought out Dr. Kwon.
I think the thing that moved me the very most --- the first time that I met him, busy as he was --- he took time to sit down with me and talk to me at length.
From there, he directly called my local oncologist, and formed an agreement to work together, in every sense of the word.
I will never forget that moment --- and how my healthcare plan was forever enhanced, from that moment forward.
Since then, my scan results, test results, and care plans are all managed by my local oncologist, with input from Dr. Kwon.
On my medical records, it states that my case is co-managed by Dr. Eugene Kwon, M.D., of Mayo Clinic.
It's "teamwork" --- in every sense of the word --- with my local doctors --- a true example of coordinated care. Dr. Kwon has worked with some of the most complex cases of prostate cancer.
He is known as the "early bird" of Mayo Clinic --- he arises before dawn, and often gets to the iconic Gonda Building on the Mayo Campus, before anyone else does.
One time, I was his "first patient of the day" and he was there in the lobby to greet me, at the crack of dawn --- and he brought me into his office --- before the rest of the building staff was even there.
He has the rare certification of being a urologic oncologist. That's a specialization that he brings to the table, when dealing with cases with complexities.
He also conducts ongoing research at Mayo Clinic, and is well noted for this.
There are online videos that you can GOOGLE of presentations Dr. Kwon has made at medical conventions, if you ever want to get a "sense" of his personality, approach, and visionary outlook.
He is well known for "pushing the envelope" to achieve greater treatment success. I think of him as a maverick ... a visionary ... a trailblazer.
In my case, he detected a trouble spot, a few years ago, that no one else had detected. He helped coordinate a new series of radiation treatments, which helped me immensely.
The purpose of my post is to simply share what Dr. Kwon has done for me. I thought a few lines from one of his patients was fitting, since it has been a topic in your posts in recent days.
Each of us have to decide what is best for our own case. I usually see Dr. Kwon twice a year, and my local oncologists look after me in between those visits to Mayo Clinic.
I hope that you assemble the care team that works best for YOU and your specific case.
My medical team has evolved over time - starting with my original urologist, adding an oncologist, and eventually adding a radiologist, in time ---- with Dr. Kwon serving as a valued "second set of eyes" --- each team member playing an important role, over time.
On my last visit, I thanked Dr. Kwon for ALSO helping several friends of mine, who have traveled to Mayo Clinic to see him. That, above all else, has meant a great deal to me.
I am thankful you have already discovered Mayo Clinic --- it is an amazing place --- a mecca for patients from all over the country, and all over the globe.
I have been mindful of you, since reading your first post. Please know that others are thinking of you. I am just one of those people.
We're all here for you ...
With all my very best to you both ~~~
CYCLONE ~~~ # Iowa State University