We know how unsettling this everchanging COVID-19 situation is and are here to support you as you make decisions about your care or the care of your loved ones. Our offices are committed to the health and safety of our community and have implemented rigorous policies and procedures to limit the exposure risks of any individual visiting our clinics. Don’t delay on getting a second opinion. Call us or fill out the form on this page, and a Prostate Cancer Patient Navigator will call you.
Veterans are empowered through the VA Mission Act of 2018 to choose the prostate cancer treatment method that they believe will give them the best long-term outcome. Veterans Administration Hospitals do not offer a two-modality radiation treatment like ProstRcision ® for the treatment of prostate cancer. ProstRcision is the primary prostate cancer treatment method provided at the Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia (RCOG).
ProstRcision ® combines brachytherapy followed in three weeks with external beam radiation. ProstRcision preserves sexual function and urinary control for the vast majority of men. Documented 10-year and 15-year high disease-free survival rates, combined with no cutting of the prostate, and few side effects are why over 16,000 men from all 50 states and over 40 countries have chosen ProstRcision.
If you have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, it’s critical to research prostate cancer treatment options in order to make the informed decision that is best for you and your family. With a few exceptions, your first treatment generally gives you the best chance for success. You are your best advocate.
Because the VA does not offer a two-modality radiation approach like ProstRcision, Veterans can choose to come to RCOG for their prostate cancer treatments via the Veteran Community Care Program and TriWest empowered by the VA Mission Act of 2018.
Whether or not a veteran has other health insurance coverage doesn’t affect the VA health care benefits he is entitled to (https://www.va.gov/health-care/about-va-health-benefits/va-health-care-and-other-insurance/). By working through the VA and TriWest, a veteran may be able to reduce his out-of-pocket costs for the treatment of his prostate cancer. The veteran may also be eligible to receive payment for travel and subsistence while being treated for his prostate cancer outside of the VA.
If you served 24 continuous months or the full period for which you were called to active duty and were not dishonorably discharged, you may be eligible for VA health care. See https://www.va.gov/health-care/eligibility/ for a full list of eligibility requirements. Your eligibility improves if you served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975 and/or served in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990, and November 11, 1998.
The VA recognizes prostate cancer as a presumptive disease associated with the exposure to Agent Orange, and a 2013 study (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4090241/) conducted at the Portland VA Medical Center and Oregon Health and Science University found that veterans exposed to Agent Orange are not only at a higher risk for prostate cancer, but they are also likely to have more aggressive forms of prostate cancer.
Call 844-863-5518 and talk with one of our Patient Navigators. You may also fill out the form below and we’ll send you a Prostate Cancer Guide.
Randy Cassels answers the question, “What would you say to other Veterans diagnosed with prostate cancer who have Tricare For Life, Tricare Prime, or simply want to use VA TriWest to choose his own treatment method.