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Same-Day Consultation with Johns Hopkins Prostate Cancer Experts
Treating Prostate Cancer with Radiation Therapy - Dr. Daniel Song
Daniel Song, M.D., Co-Director of the Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, explains the benefits of radiation treatment for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer.
With the best prostate cancer clinicians and specialists in the country gathered in one location, the Johns Hopkins Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Consultation provides the highest quality of care and the most up-to-date treatments available to patients with newly diagnosed, biopsy-proven prostate cancer.
The Johns Hopkins prostate cancer team is committed to a single day, small group, comprehensive prostate cancer patient evaluation and consultation. We have the top specialists in all fields, including radiation oncology, urologic surgery, medical oncology, radiology, and pathology working together to bring this broad expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer to each of our patients.
After your exam and an necessary lab tests, all team members meet in one room for a detailed review of each patient's case, for truly tailor-made treatment and care. Our commitment to optimal patient care also drives the research and educational components of our program.
We understand that a diagnosis of prostate cancer can be stressful and overwhelming. All members of the prostate cancer multidisciplinary team are dedicated to assisting patients and their families to alleviate any anxiety. If you have any questions regarding prostate cancer, you will have an opportunity to discuss them directly with your team members.
The Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Consultation includes:
- Access to world-renowned cancer clinicians and specialists in surgical urology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, pathology, radiology, clinical trials, and social work
- Thorough review of various treatment options at the Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Comprehensive assessment, including lab work, examination, and expert review of all pathologic and radiographic studies
- Expert panel discussion of each case
- One-on-one consultation about findings, treatment options, and to answer any questions
- Recommendations for potential treatment plans
- Access to the best prostate cancer care in the country
- Access to cutting edge clinical trials for all stages of prostate cancer
- Written reports provided to your primary care and/or referring physician
- Educational materials for you and your family
The Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Consultation is for you if:
- You are seeking treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital
- You are considering a clinical trial for your prostate cancer
- You are trying to select the most appropriate treatment option
- You have disease that is at high risk for recurrence
- Localized intermediate or high-risk prostate cancer (Gleason 3+4 or higher), untreated
- Locally advanced (lymph node positive) prostate cancer, untreated
- Biochemically recurrent prostate cancer after local therapy (prostatectomy, radiotherapy) with rising PSA level
- Oligometastatic prostate cancer (5 or fewer metastases)
What you need before your visit:
- All medical records about your diagnosis
- Pathology slides
- CD of bone scan and CT/MRI of abdomen and pelvis only if:
- PSA level is greater than 20, or
- Gleason score of 8, 9, or 10
- Insurance and demographic information
The Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic is held every Friday for a small group of men and their families. It runs from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building.
Arrive and register at the Weinberg Building.
Complete medical paperwork
Have vital signs and blood (no fasting required) samples taken, if necessary
Gather with other patients and families to hear presentations on our treatment options and support services
Undergo a complete medical history review and a physical exam by one of our residents, nurse practitioners, or medical fellows
Have lunch on your own
During your lunch break, our team, consisting of a pathologist, radiologist, urologic surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, research fellows, clinical trial nurses, and various other clinical members, will meet to review your case with the provider who took your medical history and performed your exam, and discuss treatment options at Johns Hopkins.
A comprehensive treatment plan, which may involve recommendations from more than one of the specialists listed above, will be prepared specifically for you.
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Our specialists, who are able to offer you treatment in their area of expertise (according to your treatment plan), will come individually to your room to consult with you and your family about treatment options.
You will have the opportunity to discuss the plan and ask any questions with each of these treating specialists.
Cathy Handy Marshall, M.D., M.P.H.