Surgical Treatment for Prostate Cancer Patient Stories

  • Carlos Perez

    Carlos Perez

    After watching his father undergo prostate cancer treatment, and later lose his life to stomach cancer, Carlos Perez knew that he was at increased risk of developing cancer himself. "That is why I started have my PSA levels checked from the time I was in my early 40s," he explained. For many years, Carlos was told that his levels were in the normal range.

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  • Jack Pressman

    Jack Pressman

    Jack Pressman was diligent about having an annual physical exam. As the owner of a Minuteman Press, in Bala Cynwyd, PA, he could not afford to be sick. In 2009, when Jack and his wife Donna learned that his PSA blood work came back with elevated numbers, they grew concerned. PSA numbers often indicate a risk of prostate cancer. A second round of testing sent Jack to a urologist for a biopsy. That is when Jack learned he had prostate cancer that was localized (had not spread) which can often be cured with surgery.

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  • Walter Schneiderwind

    Walter Schneiderwind

    As a former employee at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, Walt Schneiderwind knew the criteria he would use for choosing a treatment facility when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Walt had routine blood work performed prior to a knee replacement and the results were concerning. His prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were elevated, which can indicate an increased risk of prostate cancer. His doctor ordered a biopsy and the results were positive for cancer. The knee-replacement was tabled in favor of prostate surgery, which he had at an institution in Maryland.

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  • Robert Showalter

    Robert Showalter

    Bob Showalter describes himself as a fanatic when it comes to history. During a project researching his family genealogy, he discovered that history does indeed repeat itself. While tracing his family tree, Bob learned that his family had a history of cancer, inspiring him to stay vigilant with annual physicals and screenings. "I figured odds were, I'd get cancer too." Those unhappy odds played out in September 2009, when Bob, who was 61, received his own diagnosis. But in his case, with the help of Fox Chase Cancer Center doctors Rosalia Viterbo and Shelly Hayes, the story has a positive ending.

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