And Tamu, yes, we are lucky if we like our docs. The first surgeon I was scheduled with was my age and barely acknowledged me. Catalona who I went with was older and so much more compassionate. He spent lots of time with my wife and me (at least an hour) when we first went to visit him. He was patient, did not look at his watch once, did not have his nurse come in at all, answered all of our questions, and said we could call if we had more questions. He was firm in his opinions, but logical and calm in his explanations. He didn't get agitated by my pointed questions when I challenged his recommendation for surgery based on what I had read about
other treatments being just as good, if not better. I asked him about
incontinence, ED, penis length, surgical risks, and every other bad thing I had heard about
surgery. He was reassuring and calming, not arrogant and pushy. He was interested in my long term well-being. That was apparent.
When I first went to find a surgeon, I actually said, I don't care about
their bed-side manner. They just need to be darned good at what they are doing. I couldn't have been more wrong. It's so much better to have someone who is darned good at what they are doing and a good bed-side manner. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't chose a surgeon with a great bed side manner and a lousy track record either!
Gleason scores from 4 pathologies of the same biopsy with 2 of 12 cores positive for cancer (if this isn't confusing to the patient...):
1) both cores 3+4 (Weiss Memorial)
2) one 3+4 and one 3+3 (Univ. of Chicago Hosp.)
3) both cores 3+3 (Mass General Hosp.)
4) both cores 3+4 (Northwestern Memorial Hosp.)
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.
and the winner is...post op Gleason score of 3+4.
Good pathology report with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g. Amazing how something so small can cause such problems!
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...