While shooting on location in Australia, Carey Melcher sensed something was wrong. But the 55-year-old Los Angeles-based commercial producer is the first to admit that he responded the way many men in his situation do: by ignoring the problem and hoping it would go away.
When Bob Wong was deciding on a surgeon after his prostate cancer diagnosis, he made an analogy in his mind to basketball. “I’m putting the surgeon at the free-throw line in the game of my life,” Mr. Wong explains. “He has one shot to make the basket and win the game.”
Dr. Mark Litwin - Reporter Lance Orozco chronicles his journey with kidney cancer, for which he was treated in 2012 at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center. NPR-affiliate KCLU aired a segment about his five-year checkup with Dr. Mark Litwin, chair of urology at UCLA.
David Orthner learned he might have cancer by a fluke. When sending his blood sample to the lab after a routine physical, Orthner’s doctor checked the box for a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measurement, something not typically done until a patient turns 50.
Eddie Carrillo experienced no symptoms that might have alerted him to his elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level. But at a routine physical, Carrillo learned that his PSA was an alarming 4.5; normal is 1.0. Carrillo’s doctor told him it was likely he had prostate cancer, and that his prostate would have to be removed to prevent the cancer from spreading.
Neo-bladder Surgery- Just days before his 59th birthday, John Hottinger found specs of blood in his urine. Since he worked for an insurance agency, he asked a friend at work to book him in with an internist. After the tests, he received the phone call from the doctor who told him to come in and bring his wife.
Looking back Adam Schaffer now 50 years old and a proud bladder cancer survivor who was treated at UCLA, reflects on that fateful day five years ago when his then six-year old son kneed him in the groin on Thanksgiving Day.
Neo-bladder Surgery Mark Felling is an aerospace engineer and an avid backpacker. He is healthy, never smoked, works out regularly, but within a week that all changed in July 2008.
Two summers ago just before a trip back to her native country South Africa, Sally Dansey, 57, noticed blood in her urine and she suffered from painful urination.
“The first thing we thought was, ‘Oh my gosh, I hope this is not the C-word,’” says Angela Lomeli about her son, Alex, age 5. “That was the scary part.”