How did you first learn about active surveillance?

How did you first learn about active surveillance?

Patient Dave Perez Transcript

Title: How did you first learn about active surveillance?

They didn’t have much more guidance for me from there other than to start to seek treatment, and I wasn’t ready to do that. They referred me to a surgeon, they referred me to a radiation specialist and I talked to those guys asked them the same questions, of course they recommended treatment. It wasn’t until I went a university medical center and had the opportunity to talk to them about active surveillance, that they said well of course you can pursue that, and that was the beginning of this journey that I’ve been on ever since, now four and a half years later, five and a half years later. And it was interesting, after that…those consultations and those decisions, I went back and I talked to my GP and the urologist and my original urologist, my original urologist told me that I would be, he said I’ll see you again in two years he goes, that’s when most guys who go on active surveillance come back and get treatment, that’s when they can’t take anymore, that’s when they decide to get off active surveillance. So, at the two year anniversary I sent the urologist an email, and I said this is our two year anniversary and I’m still doing just fine. And he was very gracious about it, in fact, he commented to me, we had a number of email exchanges, you know you’ve really motivated me, to eat better, to exercise, to do more for myself, to keep myself healthier, and so we’ve had a good rapport ever since.

Title: It may take time to find the right active surveillance program

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Patient Dave Perez discusses the hurdles he had to overcome to find an active surveillance program where he felt comfortable.
Patient Dave Perez

Dave participates in the active surveillance program at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). Dave pursued major changes in his diet, while adding supplements and following a vigorous exercise program. He also consults with an oncologist outside of the UCSF program. In December, 2014, Dave had an 18-core guided MRI-ultrasound fusion prostate biopsy at UCSF and all tissue samples came back benign. In summary, Dave’s prostate cancer has become undetectable by MRI five years after diagnosis.
Video reviewed and approved by Dave Perez, August 1, 2015