Dr. Bruckner

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Dr. Bruckner

by rainman on Mon Sep 03, 2012 01:56 PM

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Looking for information on testing or experience with Dr. Bruckner of N.Y. Have seen good and bad. Need to know if "testing" is really worth the trip?  Thanks

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by bambi99d on Wed Sep 05, 2012 08:25 PM

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I took my Mom to Dr. Bruckner in December of 2011. He gave us very high hopes at our meeting and said her PC wasn’t all that bad. She was diagnosed in November 2011 and the cancer was shrunk and grew back but it was still local so he wanted to keep it that way.

 

She started treatment with him in January of 2012. His treatments are very harsh. She only tolerated two of them and was hospitalized. That was the beginning of the end for her. She was already very thin from her past surgery and chemo and couldn’t tolerate such a hard regime. She passed away in March. No mets and the same size tumor as when she was dx. I can’t blame Dr. Bruncker but I also can’t help but wonder if she’d be alive right now if she wouldn’t have went there.

 

He’s not the best conversationalist but I think he’s a brilliant doctor. We met many people there who are far outliving their expectations, so it is working for some people with difficult cancers. I will say, didn’t care for the office or most of the staff.There ’s not a lot of choices when it comes to PC and I think he’s very proactive. Just make sure to be your own advocate and take family with you as a second set of ears.

 

Best of luck.

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by ilyakis on Thu Sep 06, 2012 07:38 PM

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We went with Dr. Bruckner right after the diagnosis based on a high recommendation and research after a stage III PC diagnosis. He hits the tumor AGRESSIVELY... threw many drugs into the mix and my dad had some rough times. The result is that the tumor may have shrunk slightly, but hasn't grown or spread which is great. We were initially disappointed but really don't know what would happen to the tumor given a different regiment... these things grow and spread very fast.

Other oncologists may have used one drug at time or lower doses to see how each affects the tumor... but I believe that there's a decent risk that the tumor may have grown! there's no "fiddling around" with this disease... Dr. Bruckner didn't want to use radiation earlier which we agreed with... have to attack the micro metastases first and zero in on the growth.

At this point we are switching gears and going for radiation (CyberKnife) and then surgery (hopefully) but Dr. Bruckner did his job well. It really depends on the circumstances, the general well being of the patient, the tumor itself and the stage... but if the patient can tolerate a more agressive regiment then it's all worth it. Once the tumor exhibits growth or spread then a lot of options leading to a possible cure fall off the table.

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