Apr 12, 2004 - 11:12 am
I recently visited my doctor to have a second tumor removed from by bladder. Both were cancerous.My doctor wants to do a neo bladder and as he states he always removes the prostrate. I had numerous x-rays using dye and two CT SCANS. There is no indication that I have cancer in any other part of my body. When I asked the doctor if he would support a second opinion as to whether I am a candidate for neo bladder surgery, he agreed. However, he has now asked that I have my primary doctor refer me back to him. He also stated he wanted to beg him to preform the operation. I don't beg. I assured him it was not a reflection on his competency but prudent.
This doctor is a urologist but not a specialist in cancer although he performs numerous operations. His office will have no less than 50 patients waiting to see him. Secondly, he performs probably no less that 100 scope procedures in a month and 30 more complex operations at a hospital. He is very well educated but has his opinion on everything. In light of the circumstances I want to know if a person has to have their prostrate removed. He plans to use no chemo and or radiation. Do you think a second opinion is appropriate? Should I seek out a doctor who specializes in cancer. I have isolated a doctor in Pasadena who is both a Urologist and specializes in bladder cancer.
My research has indicated most people with a neo bladder are pleased with the results. Your comments and thoughts are appreciated. I am in good health except for this problem. I have never been in a hospital except as an out patient to remove the tumors (approx the size of a quarter and a dime).