“It was ten long and worrisome months for my family and me. I came through, hopefully cured, but could not help but feel that my medical journey could have been a better experience. Care also must be more timely. For several prostate patients I knew, current local care did not treat in time.
The nightly trips to the bathroom were annoying, my late wife Doris insisted I see a family doctor who referred me to an urologist. I had a P.S.A and a biopsy and received the news all men fear – I had prostate cancer! I have had an array of treatments and procedures, ultrasounds, x-rays, bone scan, hormones, 28 needles and 85 radioactive see implants.”
- Locally, we have trained urologists to do the more advanced, less invasive prostate cancer surgery, but don’t have the equipment to perform it.
- Male health issues such as urinary tract issues, prostate cancer, and sexual dysfunction are currently under-serviced in our area.
- There is no single, simple path from your General Practitioner; to a specialist, to treatment.
- Information, education, and support required at critical times are not always available.
- Wait time to get your biopsy results is too long because vital diagnostic resources are insufficient.
- The current wait time from diagnosis to treatment is 30 anxious weeks.
- More than 50% of prostate cancer surgeries are currently performed outside of our region.
- All of these issues are significant if you have an elevated PSA or suspicious DRE test results and need to determine if your condition is benign or malignant.