What general advice do you share with others?

What general advice do you share with others?

Patient David Perez Transcript

Opening Title: What advice do you offer others?

I don’t think that anyone should take the advice of one person whether it’s from their doctor to me, but I do believe that it’s important to question everything and do the homework so that you know that you are making the decision that is best for you. It doesn’t have to be a diagnosis that you have to be frightened of and living with a little bit of cancer that is so indolent, so benign, really doesn’t have to be a big deal and in fact, a lot of times when people look at how disciplined I am from the way I eat and the way I exercise, I laugh, and I say cancer’s a great coach, you know anytime I look at that chocolate sundae and think wow that really looks fantastic, I think, but that is probably not the best thing for me. Cancer reminds me of that, keeps me on track. And in the process, it has made me a healthier person throughout, at, the first time I ever went to a prostate cancer conference, I heard a man say that his cancer was the best thing that ever happened to him. I was a little taken aback by that. I don’t know… I don’t know that I would say that my cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me, but I certainly have experienced a tremendous amount of benefits, from having this diagnosis.

Closing Title: Dave believes diet and exercise made him healthier

Patient Dave Perez shares his belief that changing diet and exercise has made him a healthier person.
Patient Dave Perez

Dave participates in the active surveillance program at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). Dave has pursued major changes in his diet while adding supplements and following a vigorous exercise program. He also consults with an oncologist outside of UCSF. 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 over five years after diagnosis.
Video reviewed and approved by Dave Perez, August 1, 2015