Hi Dan. First off, welcome and looks like you are getting lots of advice which is great. I am SO happy you are going to SK, I believe they have so much more experience than Hopkins. In fact, John Hopkins turned us down (as did Duke, Mayo and St. Louis) for our RPLND because they did not think their team was experienced enough to handle it. Granted, it was a complex RPLND, but it does go to show you that not all doctors are created equal. At SK they will NOT do a L-RPLND. They do not recommend it or perform it. We saw Dr. Sheinfeld and he told us the risks with the L-RPLND, I was surprised at how strongly they felt about it. Yes, the L-RPLND can in some cases shorten a hospital stay...and that is positive, but for us the down side was too great. Also, there are not many doctors with a ton of experience under their belts like you can find with the open RPLND. You will hear lots of different opinions here, which is good and in the end only you can decide what is best for you. I promise you will be well cared for at SK and they are some of the best in the world.
Co-survivor with husband Boyce, Diagnosed 7-11-06, orchiectomy right testicle on 7-12-06- Stage 3A: Mixed germ cell tumor with inguinal seminomatous and kartotypic carcinoma. One tumor over 10 cm, second tumor 4 cm, Chemo 4xBEP: Bi-lateral RPLND Dec 2006, nerve sparing but left sterile.
Current testosterone replacement therapy, Testim.
"You must abandon the life you planned, to live the life that was meant for you" ~wisdom I have learned from my family on this forum