My father was just diagnosed with PC this week. He is 65. I think his stats are PSA 7.4, Gleason 4+3, t2a, and that's all I really know. He has been watching his PSA for several years with this being his 3rd biopsy.
He went to the local urologist for a consult this week and to receive the above information. I went with him as did my mother. Since he had a week from the "phone call" until the consult we have been doing as much research as possible.....of course all of the choices stink!! But he is leaning toward surgery...perhaps Da Vinci...of course our local guy could do it...but he's only done 11...
We talked about Henry Ford (we live in Michigan) and the local guy said it might be better to go to University of Michigan.
We are SO confused and bewildered....all of the treatment choices and then all of the literature says you must pick a GREAT surgeon an "artist" but how do you find out who the "excellent" ones are?????
He does have an appointment with Dr. David Wood at U of M on July 11th, for a second opinion type of thing...
He is willing to travel out of state......how do you choose who is good?
A loving, devoted and scared daughter
ps....my dad travelled with me to China in 2004 to help me bring home my then 10 month old beautiful daughter...and I am hoping he can go back to China with us in 2011 for a "return visit"