Your First Visit
Your first visit at the Prostate Center typically lasts between two and four hours. A urologist and a radiation oncologist evaluate you by reviewing your medical records, imaging studies and pathology slides. The center is equipped to perform transrectal ultrasound of the prostate, if necessary. The physicians consult with each other and share their impressions and recommendations with you and any family/friends in attendance.
Possible treatment options include:
- Robotic prostatectomy
- External beam radiation
- Brachytherapy (seed implantation)
- Active Surveillance
The physicians provide a description of each approach and make a recommendation as to which treatment or treatment combinations they believe are most appropriate in each case, along with the reasoning behind their choice. You and your family members/friends are encouraged to ask any questions during your visit. Our philosophy is that, although we can provide guidance, each patient is unique and ultimately you must make the decision you believe is best for you and your own situation.
What to bring to your first appointment:
- All pertinent medical records, including operative reports, X-ray reports and pertinent office records, particularly PSA reports
- Copies of actual films from your bone scan, CT scan and MRI scan, if these have been done.
- Pathology slides and reports
- A significant other or a friend you trust. It always helps to have a second set of ears and another person to ask questions.