Surgical Treatment for Prostate Cancer Patient Stories

  • Terry Devlin

    Terry Devlin

    "Mr. Devlin, the biopsy came back positive. It is malignant. You have prostate cancer." When 59-year-old Terry Devlin heard those words from his doctor, so many thoughts rushed through his head. "How do I tell my wife, my daughters, my granddaughter Samantha, my family? Will I live or die, and what kind of treatment should I get?"

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  • Joe Briggs

    Joe Briggs

    When Joe Briggs, Jr. turned 50 in 2013, his wife of 24 years, Valerie, urged him to make an appointment with his primary doctor for a complete physical and a blood work-up. At the time the only health concern Joe had experienced was frequent urination, often at night. “I was healthy, active, wasn’t super overweight. I just attributed the urination issues to getting older,” he said. Blood work from the physical revealed an elevated PSA which was 7.1. 

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  • Daniel Dacunha

    Daniel Dacunha

    In the spring 2007, Daniel Dacunha and his wife, Joanne, were watching television. "I saw a commercial that caught my eye," recalled Daniel. "It was for prostate cancer treatment and prevention at Fox Chase Cancer Center. After learning about their Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment Program, I figured I should call." The program is designed for men at increased risk of developing prostate cancer, which is often due to family history. Because Daniel's father, brother and cousins had prostate cancer, he knew the importance of calling Fox Chase.

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  • 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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