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Weighing the Who and How in Bladder Surgery

11 years 4 weeks ago #20748 by Patricia
Oh there are many more articles addressing this...i just liked this one. Even at the National Conference Germany has said they are now going to be referring all bladder cancer patients to large centers that deal with a lot of blc...stats have not been doing to well there. Pat

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11 years 4 weeks ago #20744 by Melodie
Holly,

I agree...when it comes to our health, time and distance should have no meaning. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We owe it to ourselves to find the best medical treatment we can find. Now back to work, I have told my boss that my health comes first...it has to be that way...but for years I put the job first. No longer. Hugs, my friend. Melodie

Pat,

I missed the fact that this article was written in 2004; no matter, the importance of the subject remains relevant and or serious consideration.
Hugs coming your way,
Melodie

Melodie, Indy Pouch, U.W.Medical Center, Seattle, Dr. Paul H. Lange & Jonathan L. Wright

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11 years 4 weeks ago - 11 years 4 weeks ago #20736 by mznoregrets
Very pertinent article here....

Bladder cancer can be a potentially formidable cancer for which there is limited treatments. With invasive bladder cancer as it is,I would think all bladder cancer should have a 2nd opinion on pathology to be sure of the diagnosis.

Invasive varieties need treatment delivered by top urologists on the surgical front and as patients we need to keep pushing for the best we can get. This one factor - the skill of the surgeon - is the most important to survival. The only other factor we have really have any control over is how quickly we opt for RC.

In the 1.5 years I have been dealing with invasive bladder cancer I have come to believe that who does the surgery and how quickly you get the surgery make all the difference. This article confirms the importance of top docs in major cancer centers.

Please read the article and know it matters, God Bless, Holly

PS I went 300 miles each way to have a great surgeon and it was worth it.

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11 years 4 weeks ago #20717 by Melodie
Pat,

Thanks for sharing....the author of this article, Dr. Lange, was my surgeon. I knew he had done a lot of writing but thought he was now preparing for retirement....doesn't look like it...maybe he has just retired from the surgical side of it. Melodie

Melodie, Indy Pouch, U.W.Medical Center, Seattle, Dr. Paul H. Lange & Jonathan L. Wright

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11 years 1 month ago #19719 by Patricia
http://jco.ascopubs.org/cgi/content/full/22/14/2762

The single solitary skill of the surgeon cannot be overlooked. Read this while you're searching everything else that may or may not pertain to you in your diagnosis.
Pat

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