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When somebody tells you that you have prostate cancer, it’s always a frightening experience. Fortunately for me, I chose Henry Ford Health System’s Vattikuti Urology Institute. They took away my fear and gave me confidence.
In December 2003, I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. I had a blood test that showed a spike in my PSA (prostate specific antigen) rating. Abnormal results are usually an indicator of inflammation or possible prostate cancer. For me it was the latter.
As I was researching the many different treatment options, I received a call from a friend of mine. He also had prostate cancer. My friend recommended I talk with Dr. Mani Menon of the Vattikuti Urology Institute (VUI) of Henry Ford Hospital. Just three weeks prior to his phone call, my friend had been treated there.
Dr. Menon is the Director of the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospital. When I called Dr. Menon, he made an appointment for me that afternoon and recommended I undergo a new technique that utilizes the daVinci Robot to perform the operation. This high-tech surgery would drastically reduce the bleeding, require minimal cutting and have a fast recovery period. It uses a robotic arm to guide a laparoscope – a narrow lighted tube – through a small incision to remove the cancerous prostate and affected tissue.
The operation was performed at 2:30 in the afternoon on January 7. The procedure went so well that I was up walking within hours and by the afternoon of January 8, less than 24 hours after the surgery, I went home. I was back to work 10 days later.
There is no question we are surrounded by many wonderful medical facilities, but to me the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospital is more than a recognized pioneer and global leader in the fight against cancer; it’s a special place that understands dealing with cancer goes beyond physical treatment. Facing a cancer diagnosis is incredibly frightening. For you and your family, it can be a very trying time.
Dr. Menon and his highly qualified staff were wonderful. Not only are they highly competent in their training, they also helped me and my family through a very tough period in our lives. The support they lent me and my family went beyond what I had expected from a medical department. They took away the fear and gave me the confidence to fight.
Since my surgery, just like my friend who had a similar experience, I’ve referred nearly 20 people to Dr. Menon and the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford. I’ve also received more than 50 calls from people facing the same challenges, asking me about my experience with Henry Ford. Each time the answer is the same.
I can’t stress the importance of getting your PSA blood testing on a regular basis. Attacking the problem before it arises increases your chance for a quicker recovery. To detect prostate cancer early, men over the age of 50 should have their blood tested on a regular basis. Despite the prevalence of prostate cancer, many men are still uncomfortable discussing the topic.