Seeking Robotic Experience of Connecticut Surgeon

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   Posted 9/22/2007 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Newly diagnosed at age 64 (next month).  Gleason = 6 on 4 of 12 biopsy samples, prompted bya 4.4 PSA, a spike over my prior 3.0 or less.  Undecided on treatment but considering robotic surgery or brachytherapy (seed radiation).  Anyone had or know of the robotic surgery experience level of Dr. Carl J. Gjertson of Dempsey (Farmington) and St. Francis Hospitals (Hartford)?
Have researched the net extensively on treatments and treatment centers.  Cleveland Clinic is a serious consideration and have relatives nearby.  Appreciate any responses....

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   Posted 9/22/2007 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Happytrails

You appear to live close enough to New York City to also explore and consider some of the top robotic surgeons there (e.g., Dr. Tewari at NY Presbyterian (Cornell). If you are considering brachytherapy, you might also want to consider Proton Radiation Therapy.  Good luck in your ultimate decision.


68, 29-core biopsy 9/27/06, PSA 7.1, Stage T1c, Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in one area],  Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two other areas], negative DRE, bone scan and Endorectal MRI. Completed 39 Proton radiation treatments 2/22/07-4/18/07.  First PSA test 7/19/07 (3 months after treatment) was 2.1 or a 70% reduction in my PSA before treatment (this was better than the average expectation of a 50% reduction in PSA at this juncture, according to my radiation oncologist).  The following is a link to My Journey With Prostate Cancer -- Proton Radiation Therapy.

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   Posted 9/22/2007 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
pcdave -- A big thanks for your prompt reply.  Will check into your suggestions...God Bless....HT2U

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   Posted 9/23/2007 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
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