Surgical Treatment for Prostate Cancer Patient Stories

  • Bob Devlin

    Bob Devlin

    He survived cancer not once, but two times. At 50, Bob Devlin says his attitude is simply dealing with what life gives him; then hoping to God all goes well. With Fox Chase Cancer Center and his wife Linda, it did.

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  • Arland Hotchkiss

    Arland Hotchkiss

    Arland Hotchkiss never dreamed that working for the USDA Agricultural Research Service as a plant physiologist might save his life. However, as a federal employee, Arland had a benefit of annual physical exams. Since he turned 40, he had an annual PSA blood test, which helps doctors determine a man's risk of prostate cancer. At the age of 50, with no family history of prostate cancer, Arland was never concerned about getting the results. Until 2008, when his levels reached an all-time high.

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  • Benjamin Jackson

    Benjamin Jackson

    Benjamin Jackson has always been proactive about his health. He's fit and in good shape and sees his doctor for annual check-ups. These typically include a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, which can indicate an increased risk of prostate cancer. In October 2010, Benjamin learned that while his PSA levels weren't necessarily high, they had been increasing slightly each year. His primary doctor referred Benjamin to a local hospital for a biopsy. When the results arrived, Benjamin was asked to come to the office to discuss the results. 

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  • Tim Leedy

    Tim Leedy

    Nobody had to convince Tim Leedy that it was important to get his PSA tested regularly. His father died of prostate cancer, so there was a family history of the disease. Fortunately, Tim had many more options than his father had when his PSA levels spiked in May 2010, and a biopsy revealed that 59-year old Tim also had prostate cancer.

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  • Al Martin

    Al Martin

    As a 30-year veteran of the Philadelphia police force, Al Martin was used to facing risks on a day-to-day basis. But what caught him by surprise was a diagnosis of prostate cancer at the age of 54.

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