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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  • Ted Bobroski

    Ted Bobroski

    Ted Bobroski always took his health seriously and saw his doctor twice a year for check-ups rather than many people who make an annual trip. In December 2013, when Ted was 64, his prostate-antigen specific (PSA) levels continued to rise from 1.0 to 2.8 to 3.3, as they had for the prior four years.  PSA levels indicate a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer.

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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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  • Glenn Dempsey

    Glenn Dempsey

    At his annual check-up in 2011, Glenn Dempsey learned that his PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels were elevated. This can be an indication of increased risk for prostate cancer. “I always took my health seriously and went to see my urologist yearly from age 50 to get screened for prostate cancer,” says Glenn, who was 54 at the time. “I had a baseline blood test at age 50 and followed up with annual tests until the rates were high enough where it raised concern.”

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