What do you like to do in your free time?
I am 81 years old, and I like to stay active. I practice judo competitively. I was the Texas State Champ from age 64 to 66.
How did you find out you had prostate cancer?
After a PSA test came back high, a prostate biopsy revealed I had a Gleason Score of 8 and would need to seek treatment for the cancer.
How did you decide on a treatment option?
When I was originally diagnosed with prostate cancer, my first thought was to get a prostatectomy, and just cut it out and let me get on down the road. After a lot of research, calling the American Cancer Society, and discussion with physicians, I decided a combination of brachytherapy and external beam radiation was the best option for treating my cancer.
How did you hear about SpaceOAR™ Hydrogel?
I was at a Prostate Cancer Support Group (North Texas Prostate Cancer Coalition) meeting and the local SpaceOAR Hydrogel representative had presented to the group the week before and left behind some materials on it.
Once I learned more about SpaceOAR Hydrogel, there was no way I was going to get radiation therapy without it.
How did you tolerate the SpaceOAR Hydrogel procedure?
It was done under general anesthesia, and it was an easy to tolerate procedure. After the fact, I couldn’t tell anything was in there. As for the cancer treatment, I’d rather have brachytherapy than a cold!
Where did you have your treatment?
I had combination therapy at UT Southwestern. Dr. Michael Folkert placed the SpaceOAR Hydrogel and preformed brachytherapy, and Dr. Raquibul Hannan performed my external beam radiation therapy.
What advice do you have for men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer?
Do a lot of research on your own. Go to support groups. Get multiple opinions from physicians; don’t just go with the first option you’re presented with.