NOTE: I ADDED INFORMATION TO THIS STORY AFTER I INITIALLY PUBLISHED IT.  PLEASE CONSIDER  THIS NEW INFORMATIONIT CAREFULLY. The Wall Street Journal Health Blog entry today (Surgery for Prostate Cancer: Comparing Different Techniques, by Jacob Goldstein) concerns the results of a study recently reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association which compared the [...]

Why You MUST Go to An Expert to Have Laparoscopic Prostatectomy

I must say I found the following article in USA Today ( 4/1/09, by Liz Szabo) , bonechilling.  A British study confirms what I've said many times: that when it comes to performing minimally-invasive radical prostatectomy or laparoscopy (which includes robotically assisted surgery, *although that was not the subject of this study*),  NO amount of experience on the [...]

“Prostate Cancer: Men Deserve Better”

I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments expressed in the article Prostate Cancer: Men Deserve Better, European Association of Urology, March 17, 2009 (exerpts below). . But talk is cheap. The question is, how do we bring about real change (change we can believe in!)? That's a lot to ask -- but heck, we are worth [...]

How to Find a Good Doctor

I would like to share with you some general tips for finding/researching doctors which I have accumulated in the last two years based on my experiences with my husband's illness. (Note that resources vary from state to state.) * -- basic info about doctors *Castle Connolly's "America's Best Doctors for Cancer". Second edition came out [...]

Straight Talk for the Newly Diagnosed

Have much catching up to do with you all.  I received the following from Johns Hopkins health alerts (you can subscribe for free  This is critical reading for the newbies and "validation" for the oldies.  You can trust Hopkins:  According to, which ranks hospitals, JH is the best hospital in the country overall (have to [...]

How to Finding A Good ED Specialist

I am going to let you in on my hottest tips for finding good doctors,  based on what I've learned since the onset of my husband's illness.   Yes, the hardest thing of all was finding a good ED doc!  So I am going to put special emphasis on sniffing out the "sexperts".  Note that this list is very idiosyncratic, and also that resources vary from [...]