about ten years ago I had to undergo bypass surgery. I found a book titled "Best Doctors in America" and it listed them by practice specialty. I had my surgery done by an associate of the one noted as the best cardiac/thorac surgeon. The reason for using the associate was the this particular doctor was no longer doing open heart and recommended his younger associate. I asked if he was any good and the reply was "well he did my bypass". I figured if the best doctor in America trusted the associate then so could I. I do not know if this book is still in print. Try a Google search. And as a side note look at Newsweeks best hospitals before selecting a hospital. The two most important factors for success as I recall were 1. how experienced was the heart surgeon and 2. how many procedures of the type were performed in a year at the hospital. The first is obvious the second goes to the skill of the support staff and facilities available .
If you do not feel comfortable with the current doctor get another one.
Good luck with your treatment.
PSA 21.5 (first and only test resulted from follow up visit to emergency room for kidney stone. first time for kidney stone too)
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear
Chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 to be full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.