There is a facility near Pasadena that you might want to consider. Patel and Menon are truly great, but so are Kawachi and Wilson at the City of Hope. This procedure is very common and there are alot of great surgeons. Idaho has sage advice when stating that 1000+ surgeries is assuring. Quite frankly, being close to home and family was good for me as well to get through the surgery. I live in Vegas but my family is in Laguna and there about
. I stayed down there for 13 days. It was certainly worth leaving Nevada as the state has grown quickly in population but not as well for medical care. We did just
open a cancer center here that recruited one of the top PCa oncologists in the world. But they don't do surgeries. We had two Governors in Nevada with PCa. Both went to out of state for their surgeries. Well that pretty much told me to travel. But how far. After careful research, Peter Carroll at USF, and Dr. Wilson were my finalists. I chose Wilson because of his schedule, and because of his reputation. His
location was a plus. You will find many well qualified surgeons in California. Also consider USC, UCLA and UCI.
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable. It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.