Aug 12, 2006 - 4:20 pm
Hi I have been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. My PSA went from 2.5 to 4 last year and was at 4.3 in June. The Free PSA in both cases was about 25 or 26.
After the last PSA test, they did a biopsy of 12 cores and 3 came out atypical but they could not say they were cancer.
A second biopsy on July 19th showed 1 core out of 12 with cancer. Gleason 3 + 3 . I am leaning towards having the Robotic Laproscopic Surgery and have had a consultation with one surgeon.
After thinking about it a little more carefully, I think I want to have a second pathologist look at my slides before having the surgery. I am going to try to get them to Epstein at Johns Hopkins. The reasoning behind this is that I had only 1 core out of 24 total taken that showed as cancer. It seems like having major surgery on the judgement of one person on one core is jumping the gun without getting a second opinion.
Does this seem logical to others on the board?
Any recommendations for surgeons in Atlanta?
Finally all this is out of pocket, I can do it but do have to manage things wisely.
Any experiences with medical toursism especially in Germany or France where they have lots of experience with Robotic Laproscopic Surgery? I had hernia surgery in the UK and it was cheaper by far. I unlike others do have faith in foreign doctors as long as they have sufficient experience (just like choosing a surgeon here).