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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 1/15/2007 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Having recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, I'm in the process of choosing a doctor.  Has anyone in the Boston area been treated by Dr. Jim C. Hu at Brigham and Women's or Dr. David S. Wang at Boston Medical Center?  Or is there any other doctor you have been impressed by that I should consider?  My thought at this point is that I want to go with the DaVinci system.  Or is there a website that gives good background information about doctors that I could use to find more information?  Thank you.

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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 133
   Posted 1/15/2007 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mogog,

The generic advice is to go to have your surgery done at a major medical center in a big city (it sounds like you have those two items covered) and find a doctor who has done the specific surgery that you are having done many, many, many times so that he/she is very experienced.

I think that there are web sites that give lists of doctors who are experienced in the DaVinci method. I do not know what those web sites are but others reading your thread will and they should provide the information.

I also think that I have seen this topic discussed in another thread in this chat room. Does anyone else know which thread that was?

Best of luck.


DIAGNOSIS: 09/25/06. Age 49. PSA 4.6. PSA free 2%. Clinical pathology: Gleason 10. Stage 2a.           
SURGERY: 11/08/06. RP at Johns Hopkins. Surgical pathology Gleason 10. Stage T3a (positive margins.) Negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes, and bone scan.
POST OP: First post op PSA was 0.00 in 12/06.

Post Edited (BenEcho10) : 1/15/2007 8:21:13 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 113
   Posted 1/15/2007 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   

If I was looking for the best in Boston, there's one urologist who stands above the rest: Jerome Richie at Dana-Farber Cancer Center. He's the most renowned in the area.

not me!
Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 1/16/2007 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome there is a lot of knowledge here but each of filters it through our personal experience. So do your own research and use this site a resourch to help you make the best decision for you. You can start with this site:

I chose the Da Vinci but the best advice I can give is to go to a clinic that specializes in prostate treatment and all of the treatment options available. In that situation you will get unbiased information about the various treatments. I cannot over emphasize the importance of having the best and most experienced surgeon possible. There is a huge difference in the outcome based on who is doing the surgery as you will see in the above site.  The ford clinic is considered one of the pioneers in the da vinci method and is now doing the procedure on an out patient basis. I didn't go there but I got a recommendation from one of their surgeons for a surgeon in my area and was pleased.

Don't look to your doctor for post op  rehabilitation. Use this site. The thread in this site "Vaccum pumps" has the best information that I have seen for recovery.  Particularly posts by "Swimon"  She knows more than the docs. I wish I had found this site six months ago. I have only been here a short time and learned more about post issues than in the last six months.  Good luck

56 year old male. 02/06 PSA 5.5  Subsequent Gleason 3+3=6 DaVinci Surgery 7/06 fully contained, returned to work (desk) the following afternoon, clear at 3 month check up, no pad 1 week after cath removal, but still occas. leaks after long day. No ED prior to surgery. ED since without improvement. Able to orgasm with help from wife and vibrator, but no sense that erection is returning. Drugs, no effect. Going to try the pump.


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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 2/3/2007 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi~ Modog,


Just to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you as you search for answers.

Touch base as time permits!  We do care and want to know how you’re doing.


In Friendship ~

Lee & Buddy

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 2/3/2007 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Modog,

I want to welcome you to the group. You are fortunate to live in the Boston area I'm sure you'll find a top notch very experienced daVinci specialist there. I'm sorry I don't know any surgeons in Boston, but one of the other members will soon post some referrals. Good luck with your search.

Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06

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