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Kaiser Surgeon?

Duane3
Posts: 6
Joined: Jul 2006

Hello. I was just diagnosed as having PC. I have a Gleeson score of 6, and a biopsy to support the diagnosis. My original PSA was 5.1 and 4. I am 65 years old. I have been reading various things. Several posts here have been helpful.
At present I am considering surgery. And, I understand that getting the best surgeon is very important.
Does anyone know of Outcome measures for Kaiser surgeons? Does anyone know how to get these measures? I have had two opinions, and I have a scheduled meeting with the Chair of Oncology.
thank you for your responses.

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rogermoore
Posts: 265
Joined: Mar 2002

I'm sorry for your diagnosis, although it does sound like your cancer was discovered early. I am a little confused in that I don't know what you mean by Kaiser surgeons? Can you explain. Is it a town or city nearby or what?

Roger

Duane3
Posts: 6
Joined: Jul 2006

Kaiser is a major health care hmo. It started in California and exists in several states.
Thanks for your good wishes.

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rogermoore
Posts: 265
Joined: Mar 2002

Duane,

Keep us aware of your progress with postings. Best of luck and stay in touch.

Roger

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kalar7856
Posts: 35
Joined: Sep 2004

As well as the previous post I don't know what a
Kaiser surgeon is.

My advice.. Only use a surgeon who does only RP
operations. Practice makes perfect.. I had the same diagnoses as you at age 45 and am thrilled with the results..

Bobzmcishl
Posts: 2
Joined: Aug 2006

Hi Duane. I am 66 and have PSA of 5.2 and Gleason 6 and member of Kaiser in Walnut Creek. I have finished my consultations with two Kaiser surgeons, one of whom does the
laproscopic surgery, and the other the head of the department. I also got a referral to Radiation Onocologist at John Muir hospital close by. I asked my surgeons what the outcomes were and I got very good answers. The only problem I have is that Kaiser doesn't support the robot option, nor do they support the latest radiation treatment option which is IMRT. I am now fighting with them about that. Whichever way you go, Kaiser should be able to tell you their success rate by surgeon. Because of the 5-6 month backlog of prostate surgery at Walnut Creek, they wanted to move me to San Rafael which has less experience surgeons. I opted out of that and am going to go for the 3D conformal radiation at John Muir. One book I read said that of the three best treatment options for our level of cancer, just make sure you go with the best people that do it. One thing in our age favor is that we have all three options available to us. Good luck and keep us informed on what Kaiser tells you.

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