– New Patients
Your initial visit with Dr. Myers is by far the most critical: you’ll certainly
discuss proper staging, any treatments you’ve already undergone, and the
variety of options open to you. But more importantly, your first visit is a chance
for you, your wife or partner, and Dr. Myers to openly discuss your lifestyle,
what kinds of issues are most important to you and your family, and what limitations
you’re under. Some men, for example, aren’t able or willing to travel
to Virginia more than once a year. Others, for a variety of personal reasons,
want to avoid certain treatment modalities like surgery. And finally, there are
some men who are willing to do whatever it takes to rid their bodies of all cancer
no matter how difficult the side effects and are anxious to adopt any diet or
supplement regimen that promises to keep their cancers under control for decades
to come. Dr. Myers approaches all of these life philosophies with the same respect
Because this initial meeting covers more ground than any other follow-up visit,
expect it to take upwards of two or more hours. The more background material
you provide beforehand, the better able Dr. Myers will be to make effective use
of that time.
Please download our New Patient Packet and return all forms to AIDP after you schedule your appointment. Include any supplemental materials you think will help Dr. Myers evaluate your case. Include any supplemental materials you think will help Dr.
Myers evaluate your case.
How often you return to see us depends on a number of factors. Keep in mind that
while we’re located in central Virginia, most of our patients are not state
residents. In fact, more and more aren’t even from the United States. How
does this work? Usually you need a local physician willing to work under our
guidance. Dr. Myers essentially serves as a “general” who designs
an overall treatment strategy to be executed by your local team. You’ll
return to Charlottesville at least once a year so that we can review your treatment
strategy and adapt it if necessary. If you have a severe prostate cancer or a
very complex medical situation you may need to visit us more frequently. At the
other end of the spectrum, if you’re on active surveillance you don’t
need such close observation and aren’t at risk for a medical emergency
triggered by your prostate cancer. In this case, we can usually directly manage
your care without a local physician.