Prostate Cancer Survivor Frank – Video (Patient Interview)

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Date: September 2008
Duration: 0 / 03:06

Frank Roberto Prostate Cancer Survivor

Frank Roberto:

So in January, I had a routine examination and as part of that, a blood test with the PSA test. And that came back high and then after some follow up with a local urologist, I eventually led to a biopsy. Then it would be decided that it was not a going down and it was not related to an infection. And so that in the March time frame, I had a biopsy and the results from that biopsy came back positive.

Choosing M. D. Anderson

Frank Roberto:

M. D. Anderson was just… was just an obvious choice. So knowing their reputation, knowing that, you know their standing in the country and the world, it was very easy and being, you know in the Houston area, it was a very simple decision that if cancer was diagnosed, then I was coming straight to M. D. Anderson.

Deciding on a Treatment Plan

Frank Roberto:

Being a layman, trying to understand what my options were, and so, although, I might have guessed that surgery was the right choice, it wasn't until meeting with Dr. Davis here at M. D. Anderson that it was very obvious that that was the right choice because there are just so many pros and cons and so much current information that we decided, you know we're not going to try to make our own decision in the absence of the experts and as soon as we met the experts we were very , very much aware that, you know surgery was the right choice for someone at my age and that the outlook for cancer, the prognosis and the diagnosis.

Choosing Robotic Assisted Surgery

Frank Roberto:

It was the surgery of choice from my standpoint and I just want -- the fact that it was about best recovery time, and so that instead of having, you know more conventional surgery with you know a traditional incision by having that robotic surgery that was a minimally invasive that the outlook was much better for the recovery.

The Recovery

Frank Roberto:

Knowing what I was going to go through between -- you know everyone here at M. D. Anderson, all the different reading that I had done, I was pretty well informed and so there weren’t a lot of unknowns …for me as far as what I was going to be going through. So I felt very comfortable and my family again was very supportive, and you know they made the recovery very easy. It was pretty much, you know business as usual. It's just a matter of being close to home and trying to getting some level of exercise, which is just walking for the most part. And then just, you know good nutrition, lots of rest and a very supportive family.

Sharing His Story

Frank Roberto:

I feel like I'm out there to help other people who have had cancer because everyone I have spoken to especially, you know gentlemen of my age it's been a matter of when's the last time you had your PSA test, have you checked it recently, recognize that you better go do it. I'm not sure if I've converted many people, but I think I've helped make them more aware.

Life After Cancer

Frank Roberto:

Definitely relieved, you know, the least of my concerns is the cancer. The only thing now is just get myself back up to a full strength and full speed. Today it's about 7 weeks later and it's mostly behind me.