Well, they had their consultation today. I'm not sure what to think. My dad said that since their meeting last Friday he has discussed the case with other doctors and decided to hold off on surgery. He said they think it was caught early enough and may be able to get rid of the remaining cancer with chemo and radiation. Your thoughts?
9 years 9 months ago - 9 years 9 months ago#32752by Alan
I know many vets that used MD Anderson (assumonmg your Dad is a vet). I am certainly not knowledgeable in that area as I am not of medicare age yet. Worst case is I'd give them a call. You want sub-specialist (bladder only) vs. a urologist (speciality).
UTSA is great in some areas but not best known for cancer. While I haven't had to use either complex MD Anderson is where I am headed should my case need further work.
DX 5/6/2008 TAG3 papillary tumor .5 CM in size. 2 TURBS followed by 6 instillations of BCG weekly with a second round of 6 after a 6 week wait.
He is a veteran. I don't think he's trying to stay within the military medical community though. It just happens to be the most prevalent in San Antonio since it's such a military city. After reading the doctor's resume I'm not too impressed especially since most of his work has been in the military and I don't see any specialization in bladder cancer. I don't trust the VA any further than I could throw them.
Thank you, Mike, for that post earlier. I went to your link and it sufficiently scared me. It does make sense and I pray my Dad listens to me and also takes your advice (I forwarded it to him).
That's what I would've thought too Pat but I don't know much about Medicare. I'm still working on them. I think they need to stop worrying about money and get him the best care we can. I don't feel comfortable with him staying with his current doctor. http://www.urologysanantonio.com/Uploads/Documents/CVs/HakimCV2009.pdf
That is a link to his doctor's resume.