“My wife and I met with Dr. Gapin again in December, 2016 regarding the results of the biopsy and potential treatments. He informed us that the MRI assisted biopsy confirmed that I had cancer in 3 zones in the right side of my prostate. Dr. Gapin explained all available options and related them to my age and physical condition. He requested my permission to send the biopsied tissue for a second opinion and also for genetic testing. We agreed.
We met with Dr. Gapin in early January, 2017 to discuss the results of the genetic testing which indicated that my cancer was the less aggressive type and the results of the second lab opinion which indicated that the cancer was stronger in one area than was found in the original lab test. Dr. Gapin stated that the results still pointed to the right side of my prostate and that was where the focus of the treatment needed to be.
After discussion with my wife and immediate family and considerable research, I chose the Focal Therapy with HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) as the appropriate treatment for me. This was because HIFU had fewer side affects and resulted in a better qualify of life than the other options. (The down side was that this treatment is currently not covered by Medicare and therefore, not covered by our secondary insurance so we had to fund it ourselves.)
I had the Focal Therapy with HIFU treatment on January 20, 2017. I experienced no adverse affects from the treatment. We met with Dr. Gapin in early March, 2017 for a post-op consultation. All is good and I need to have a PSA check in a month or two and repeat a prostate MRI in November. We will then meet with Dr. Gapin for a review of the new tests to see if another biopsy is needed.
I am providing this information in a manner that demonstrates the cycle my wife and I went through. I am happy to say that Dr. Gapin was always professional and considerate of our feelings while at the same time being to the point (which we appreciated). He spent the necessary time with us to address our concerns and answer our questions (as you can imagine, we had several). He also gave us his phone number so we could text him with any questions or concerns (we have never had a doctor do that). We can’t say enough good about Dr. Gapin. In short, he treated us with a professionalism that gave us confidence and a good feeling about my future.”