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common man
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 9/17/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I know some of you have gone to cancer treatment centers, City of Hope, Cancer treatment Centers of America, etc. What was your thinking to go to these? Did your dr recommend it , were your Drs not doing enough for you what was it. Im am thinking of going to one of them I just would like to hear you thinking
age 66 Diag 2005 with psa of 9+ had radiation and some chemo. Now psa as of may 07 of 7.7

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 9/17/2007 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to City of Hope for my surgery. My goal was to find the most experienced surgeon possible that would take my case. I found six or seven that would and then decided on what location would be best for me living in Las Vegas. I grew up in Orange County and had plenty of friends and family there. I narrowed it between USC, UCLA, and CoH which all had extensive experience in daVinci surgeries. When Dr. Wilson accepted my case that sealed where I was going. He is reknowned and regarded as a top surgeon. There have been 3000 LRP's at CoH just in the last six years. Dr. W. is the director of the prostate cancer program at Coh. I was very lucky he had the time to add me to his case load. He is commonly unreachable because he is in the OR so much. When calling and requesting his services he will call back as he returns all calls. It just may be at 8:30 at night when he does. Another doctor there is also internationally regarded is Dr. Kawachi. You will recieve the best care there possible. They are incredible caring people and the facility is perhaps the best cancer center around, certainly in southern California. As stated I live in Las Vegas. This town has grown fast but you just can't grow experience that fast. There are no highly experienced daVinci surgeons here. Since my insurance covered it, I went out of state but to an area where I could stay with family, a top center, and a top surgeon at that center, it was an easy decision. One recommendation, you should visit at least one major center before you decide what you will do. Major centers have extensive experience if not only for the volume of patients they see. They are the best place for that second opinion, and they have the best results.

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.

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 9/18/2007 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe that someone here stated a few months ago that Cancer Treatment Centers of America does not accept Medicare. Just FYI. I certainly do like their treatment approach, from all we've read.
Husband age 66
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06 - Austin, TX w/Dr. Randy F.A.G.I.N.
T2a (at biopsy)
At pathology - cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/06, 4/07 - undetectable!
Update: 11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now - Next one: 10/16/07

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 9/18/2007 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
nono  CommonMan
GreenAcres is right.  I went out to the Cance treatment center of America in May just to get a freash pair of eyes on my cancer.  There was a question of possible bone involvement brought up by my GP after he read the bone scan report. The CTCA is primarly a radiation treatment of PC, recommending HDR brackatherpy, hormone, and radiation as a triple attack on the cancer.  If you are concidering radiation treatment they have the latest equipment, no proton yet.
I was given the green light by the radiolgist to "get surgery", he was very objective, and well trained. The nice thing about being in such a hospitial is that you get a test one hour, and a few hours later you usually have the results.  As many of us can attest to, waithing for the test results is very stressful.
They pick up the plane fare, and you can eat at the hospital cafitera for free, so the only expense is the hotel, they also offer a shuttle from the hotel to hospital.  I went to Zion, Il. yeah
Broker 59

Date of Dx 3/20/07

PSA: 2.5
Gleeson: 3+4
Stage: T2
Bone Scan Clean

Date of Surgery: 6/21/07  Open RP
Post Opp: ALL NEGATIVE margins & L/N, S/V.
Cath out after 18 days = BIG RELIEF!!!
PSA: 7/23/07 0.01
PSA: 9/04/07 0.01

flippin out
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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 137
   Posted 9/18/2007 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   

City Of Hope was a choice of an outside urologist. My Endocrine Dr. recommendation as it seemed one which he was familiar with rather than a more experienced Dr. My Wife after exhaustive research opted for the City of Hope and the Urologist I spoke with insisted on me going to one with experience his exact words were the Doctor I was referred to by my Endocrine (GP Doctor) had not done THOUSANDS of this type operation and he guaranteed me this was the case with what turned out to be my surgeon. Very Happy to say! On another subject Insurance the Doctor didn’t accept it as it were but the Hospital did the out of pocket was well worth the effort I have had very little of the post op problems that have come up on this forum. Maybe luck ? maybe not !    



April 25th 05'

total remission to date

not me!
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 9/19/2007 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Ford cancer center in Detroit is one of the most experienced with prostate cancer. they offer every option available

56 year old male. 02/06 PSA 5.5  Subsequent Gleason 3+3=6 DaVinci Surgery 7/06 fully contained, nerve bundles spared, returned to work (desk) 1 day after surgery, cath removed 7/12, no pad - 1 week after cath removal, occas leaks 6mo post opp after long day. No ED prior to surgery. ED since, some improvement 12 mo post op, tried all three Drugs, they help some. Found out about pump --here-- 6mo post op, it was a blessing. Getting ready to try shots.


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