Our aim is to treat patients how we want to be treated—the same as a family member or friend. Practically speaking this means punctual appointments, scheduling sufficient time to answer questions and being available by phone or email. Our goal is to empower patients with useful information that helps them to make good decisions. As medical oncologists and internists, we do not have a preset agenda to do surgery or radiation. We personalize our recommendations depending on the individual characteristics of each man’s specific situation.
The prostate is planted in the very center of a man’s sexuality and just under the urinary bladder. Great care must be exercised in selecting treatment when compared to the way other cancers are managed because improper treatment can result in devastating effects on quality of life. The best outcomes occur when there are open lines of communication between patients and doctors.
We are neither surgeons nor radiation therapists. Therefore, all treatments, including active surveillance, hormone therapy, immunotherapy, surgery, radiation, brachytherapy, cryotherapy, nutritional therapies, alternative therapies, HIFU and chemotherapy are given equal consideration and recommended on their merits and relevance to each patient’s individual situation. The initial step toward selecting treatment always entails gathering all pertinent information about the stage of disease with blood tests, urine tests, scans, biopsy results and physical examination. No one can select the best treatment when there is uncertainty about the stage of the disease.