Patient Perspectives

In these stories, real patients share their experiences. Learn what men going through situations like yours chose to do, what they wish they knew beforehand, and what decisions they’re happy they made.

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Study investigates treatment regret among prostate cancer survivors

Charles Schmidt As they get older, do men with prostate cancer come to regret the treatment decisions they made? A new study of men diagnosed during the mid-1990s indicates that some of them will. Richard Hoffman, a professor of internal medicine and epidemiology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, […]

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One couple’s story: Handling prostate cancer in the face of differing biopsies

Elliot and Elizabeth Boyd share their experience with a prostate cancer diagnosis, explain their next steps in light of seemingly contradictory test results, and offer advice to those coping with their diagnosis and weighing treatment options.

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Raising prostate cancer awareness among African Americans: Two patients’ stories

Two prostate cancer survivors talk about the importance of prostate cancer education among African Americans and other men at high risk.

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Androgen-independent prostate cancer: A patient’s story

Ken Gannon talks about his 13 year battle with prostate cancer and his experiences with second-line hormone therapies, investigational drugs, and four clinical trials, one of which nearly killed him.

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A patient’s story: Why one man opted for lifestyle changes instead of treatment

Patient Ben Hunter explains why he decided to postpone treatment for prostate cancer and the lifestyle changes he made immediately following his diagnosis.

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Choosing — and sticking with — active surveillance: A patient’s story

Patient Jeffrey Caruso explains why he decided to pursue active surveillance and under what circumstances he would opt to treat his prostate cancer.

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Technology and decision-making: A patient’s story

How endorectal MRI helped one couple choose the “best” treatment for prostate cancer.

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A patient’s story: Why one man chose robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy

After talking with numerous medical professionals and asking friends about how they treated their prostate cancers, financial services executive Steve Henley opted to have a robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy. In this interview, he explains what factors went into that decision.

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Intermittent hormone therapy: A patient’s story

The jury is still out on whether intermittent hormone therapy, which involves repeated cycles of hormone therapy followed by breaks in treatment, might help patients live longer than continuous hormone therapy. But Patrick Kirby’s story might help patients who are debating various options in hormone therapy.

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Maintaining physical and emotional health during prostate cancer treatment: A patient’s story

Mr. Williams, a successful business owner in his mid-60s, describes how he was able to maintain his sex life and other aspects of his physical emotional well-being during and after treatment for prostate cancer.

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