Patient Concerns - Active Surveillance

  1. Is it accurate to use the word “cancer” for a Gleason 6? Mark Scholz, MD (oncologist), discusses the controversy over whether it is accurate to use the word “cancer” with Gleason 6. Published on Oct 16, 2017
  1. What happens when a woman calls on behalf of a patient? Jonathan Levy, (Helpline Facilitator), emphasizes the importance of open communication with wives and significant others. Published on Oct 16, 2017
  1. Can a patient be his own advocate with his doctor? Jonathan Levy, (Helpline Facilitator), points out that a patient needs to be his own advocate. Published on Oct 16, 2017
  1. What have you learned from patients about their experiences with doctors? Jonathan Levy, (Helpline Facilitator), discusses the significance of finding a prostate cancer doctor with which the patient is entirely comfortable. Published on Oct 16, 2017
  1. What were the treatments you considered? Patient Jon Nowlin discusses the various treatment options he considered before adopting active surveillance. Published on Oct 16, 2017
  1. Living in a small town in Nevada, how did you learn about active surveillance? Patient Jon Nowlin discusses how he adopted active surveillance while living in a small community where active surveillance was not widely understood. Published on Oct 16, 2017
  1. What did you learn about the fears of wives and significant others? Patient Dan Woska discusses what he learned about the fears and misconceptions about prostate cancer among wives and significant others. Published on Oct 16, 2017
  1. What was your first reaction to your husband’s diagnosis? Patient’s wife Gigi Greer describes overcoming her first reaction of fear while she & her husband learned about the safe mode of active surveillance. Published on Oct 14, 2017
  1. Could you describe your experience with active surveillance in your HMO? Patient Art Pabst shares his experience at an HMO (Kaiser) in California where he’s received excellent supportive care. Published on Oct 14, 2017
  1. How did you first learn about active surveillance? Patient Dave Perez discusses the hurdles he had to overcome to find an active surveillance program where he felt comfortable. Published on Aug 06, 2015
  1. How safe is a true Gleason 6? Patient/physician Ferdinand Becker advocates that with careful monitoring using the latest imaging technologies Gleason 6 should be considered safe.  Published on Apr 18, 2015
  1. What complications did your friends experience? Paul recalls his conversations with friends who had prostate cancer treatment with severe adverse outcomes Published on Apr 13, 2015
  1. What was your initial reaction to the diagnosis of prostate cancer? Patient Jim Bertoni describes his “gut” reaction to “cut it out” when he was diagnosed. Published on Apr 13, 2015
  1. What did your husband’s urologist recommend? Spouse Terry Sommerhauer recounts how her husband’s urologist urged surgery as the only safe option. Published on Apr 04, 2015
  1. What is a key benefit from imaging tests? Patient Gene Van Vleet highlights the importance of state-of-the-art imaging for improved diagnosis and staging.  Published on Mar 31, 2015
  1. How did your HMO initially view active surveillance? Patient Francisco Jimenez recounts his travails in overcoming HMO resistance to active surveillance back in 2006. Published on Mar 31, 2015
  1. How safe is a Gleason 6? Patient/physician Ferdinand Becker advocates that with careful monitoring using the latest imaging technologies Gleason 6 should be considered safe.  Published on Dec 04, 2014