@Michael_T - thanks. I am reading Scholtz second book and given it has sections by different experts, it does provide different perspectives on the issues.
Requested appointments at Dana Farber (DFCI) and Mass General Prostate Centers (MGH) and waiting to hear back. Also, coordinating with Dr. Epstein's lab and my local hospital to get the slides down to him.
Researching doctors at these two centers while waiting on the appointments. Several folks mentioned DFCI in their responses,. If you went to either of these places, which Drs. did you work with? Any you rejected?
Also, aside from the biopsy, should i be seeking any other diagnostic tests before making a treatment decision?
Joe, here's who I met with--all of whom I had plenty of confidence in and good to great degrees of comfort:
DFCI: Paul Nguyen, RO; Hmisha Beltran, MO; Adam Kibel, Uro
MGH: Jason Efstathiou, RO; Matthew Smith, MO; Francis McGovern, Uro
Once I decided on surgery, I ended up having my RALP done by Dr Kibel, and he was excellent -- absolutely no regrets at all -- though I might have gone with Dr. McGovern if Covid hadn't been a scheduling factor, as McGovern felt like a warm, old school, top notch doc that I clicked with. That said, Kibel (urology chief at the Brigham) was fantastic and similarly well-experienced in doing these surgeries (which as you know is critical). The others I met with with were similarly all top notch in my estimation and as per my research.
One surprising find, for me, was that I could begin to develop a sense of some of these folks by searching them out on YouTube. Weird to conduct important medical research on YouTube, but I searched out information wherever I could. For instance, I found some long symposium videos put out by DFCI to be really helpful -- e.g., their 2019 sympsosium at Brigham & Women's. If you're interested, to find it try search terms like: DFCI prostate cancer Kibel, D'amico, and Pomerantz. I would love to meet Drs. D'Amico and Pomerantz.