Jan 15, 2010 - 9:37 am
I am a 52 year-old American working in Japan, recently married, just diagnosed with prostate cancer. My PSA is 6, Gleason score is 6, pattern 3+3. I have been following this forum since my first high PSA results last July. I appreciate all the great information, honesty, and compassion.
Two urologist surgeons in Japan told me that at my age, I should go back to the US if I want nerve-sparing surgery done. In Japan, it is still new. I am considering returning to the United States to have a da Vinci robotic, or laparascopic, prostatectomy done. I am wondering if I can afford it.
Question: Can anyone give me a general idea of how much either one of these surgeries might cost “out the door”, including all the hospital, doctor, and anesthesiologist’s fees? I need to get an idea if this is even remotely possible for me. I may get little, or no, reimbursement from my overseas medical insurance.