Mark Howard, one of Gill’s patients and now cancer-free, shares his experience after receiving robotic prostatectomy.
HSC Weekly 2012-03-02
‘Life After Cancer’ forum highlights USC expertise
More than 80 prostate cancer patients and their families attended an educational “Life after Prostate Cancer” forum on Feb. 16 at USC Norris Cancer Hospital. The program, hosted by the USC Institute of Urology, aimed to inform current and potential patients about what to expect before and after prostate cancer surgery.
The seminar included testimonials from six patients who underwent radical robotic prostatectomy at USC. They said they received exceptional, compassionate care from the team of urologists at USC.
Mark Howard received robotic prostatectomy as an outpatient. “I had my surgery six weeks ago and am now cancer-free. I am very grateful to have come to USC for my surgery. Thanks to my surgeon’s skills and expertise, I have my normal life back,” Howard said.
Following patient testimonials, Daniel Park, director of clinical operations and lead physician assistant, took the podium to talk about the importance of screening and the benefits of robotic surgery, which include excellent precision and visibility, short catheter time and a quick recovery time.
Inderbir S. Gill, professor and chairman of the Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology and executive director of the USC Institute of Urology, presented updates about the institute’s progress in research and innovations such as catheter-free prostatectomy, targeted prostate biopsies and epigenetics research. The forum concluded with a Q&A session.
Since its inception last year, this forum has educated more than 400 patients, many of whom have turned to the USC Institute of Urology for their prostate cancer care.
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