I am 41 and have been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.
Luckily, it apparently has been caught early, as the grade, PSA and size seems to be small.
Doc's indicate that I have a great chance of oncological, continency and potency outcomes with the help of a davinci robotic prostatectomy.
Originally scheduled with my local doc here in CT, I sought the second advice of Dr. Ash Tewari at Cornell Medical School/ Presbyterian Hospital in NYC.
He is on the forefront of nerve sparing techniques utilizing the davinci robot and has pioneered an athermal technique that offers less abuse of the nerves surrounding the prostate and subsequentally provides better chance of outcomes.
i chose to have him perform my surgery. You know that feeling when your in the right hands, and knowing I only get one shot at this, it was a 'no brainer'.
I am very excited to have him perform my surgery now scheduled in Nov, however upon delivering this news to my current doctor, and requesting my pathology slides and info be sent to Dr. Tewari, my current Doc., who has been very supportive thus far, will not return my phone calls!
That and his secretary tells me that policy says that I can not return for bi-annual follow-ups if I chose another surgeon! I am stunned by this.
A bi-annual follow-up consists of PSA testing and the infamous DRE.
Something I find difficult to travel for such a simple check.
I plan to seek another practice to support my on-going care locally, but has anyone heard of this type of policy? I find it very insensitive and unethical.
Good luck to everyone experiencing what I am.
These things happen for a reason, stay positive.