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He (NHS)advised us that if it is cancer, then he recommends radical prostatectomy which horrified OH so at the moment we are just waiting for results knowing the options and hoping we still get the all clear 🤔
Does that surgeon offer any other treatment?
I have never heard of a surgeon or oncologist or Brachy person recommending any treatment above another, only offering their own specialism.
Is such a recommendation wise or ethical? They will not be the one living with the consequences of the treatment.
My GP only told me after I had had my Robotic op that that is what he would have chosen had he been in my position, and what his father had chosen before. The first surgeon who could only offer open surgery, and therefore did, also told me after my op that if he could have offered robotic surgery, he would have preferred to offer me that over open surgery.
I know there are some who would like the choice taken out of their hands and be "guided" or "directed" to a treatment, others who scoff at the seemingly over valued advantages of robotic v open surgery.
Susan, if I were your OH and you, I would make sure that you and OH (we) considered all the options that are open and may be suitable for your OH, some of which may not be offered by your NHS trust? I had to ask for a referral to a neighbouring trust for my Da Vinci, and the surgeon who could only offer open surgery attended my Da Vinci procedure on his day off to witness me going under the robotic arm or knife.
Research widely, not too widely, it just confuses things, choose wisely for your character and mindset.