What key advice do you offer others?

What key advice do you offer others?

Patient Mark Lichty Transcript

Opening Title : What key advice do you offer others?

The take home message for those that are following a regimen of active surveillance is to make connections, find support, there’s so much knowledge and wisdom, so many people have crossed this path before you, do not go it alone. The other issue and or the other thing that you want to do is be, be very much a part of the process, don’t be an observer, be a part of the process. You know my situation… I had three physicians ten years ago recommend to me to have a radical prostatectomy. If I had been an observer I would have had a radical prostatectomy. I would have risked and likely suffered from erectile dysfunction, incontinence, and some other things, in fact they didn’t even have the term active surveillance ten years ago I didn’t even know what I was going on, it was called watchful waiting, which was a bad term I thought, but in any event, my point is…be an active participant in the process, the science is emerging every day and you need to keep up with it

Closing Title: Don’t be an observer, be an active participant

Patient Mark Lichty stresses that when following a course of active surveillance one should not be an observer but an active participant.
Patient Mark Lichty

Mark chairs an annual meeting of approximately 50 active surveillance patients at the Prostate Cancer Research Institute Conference in September. Mark was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005 with a Gleason 6 following a PSA of 4.2. His father had died from prostate cancer and Mark feels that the quality of his father’s life was severely impacted by the treatments he received. Mark did his research and chose a raw food diet option. Now, ten years after diagnosis, his PSA remains at the same level it was at diagnosis, 4.2.
Video reviewed and approved by Mark Lichty, August 1, 2015