If your first doctor dropped you because you wanted a second opinion, when this is all done and Kurt is well, you should report him to your state medical board. What you are going through is something everyone should get a second opinion on. My original Dr said he was surprised at the fact as many as 50% take his diagnosis of PC without secondary consultation. He provided me a list of specialists across the country. He gave me copies of the pathology reports, the PSA results, and pamplets, on the same day he gave me the diagnosis, and without me asking for any of it. He told me what he recommended, how he would do it, if I chose to go with him, and what the treatments side effects were. Your first doctor does not need to face another PC patient if he is concerned about
being second guessed. My first urologist was very good and had great bedside manner. When I told him I was going to the City of Hope, he wished me the best and stated he thought that was a great choice. He said he would still be there if I needed him for anything, follow up, consultation, or just plain someone to talk to. He is in his upper 30's and is going to be one of the finest doctors you could ever have. I chose CoH because of the comfort factor of knowing that the doctor was simply reknowned for this treatment.
On the T2 stuff. I too was DRE negative, but had biopsy show both sides. My first doctor stated that is was possible that the needle penetration caught a bit or the cancer from the other side (the one right core was 20% involved, while three cores from the left were 70, 80, 80), so he did not eliminate the possibility of a lesser grade, but cautioned that the clinical staging was not the important staging, but rather the surgical staging. It was because the two sides were likely involved, PSA13.5, Gleason 7, and my young age that he was recommending prostatectomy.
Keep up the good work on researching. You are WAY doing the right things. Thank you for your comments tonite on my surgery tomorrow. I had a nice dinner with my mom and dad, and my wonderful wife. Soon I'll be contacting you with my progress.
Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 2/15/2007 9:44:33 PM (GMT-7)