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Prostate cancer kills, but is also one of the most treatable

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Posted at 7:37 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 20:37:24-04

Prostate cancer remains the number two killer of men in this country.

Only lung cancer kills more men than prostate cancer.

What's it like to go through diagnosis, treatment and recovery?

One central Texas man chose to put his hands in the life of a machine and modern medicine in his cancer fight.

"I mean, you know you're just fat, dumb and happy and everything's going just fine" said Curt Lancaster.

With no history of prostate cancer in his family, Lancaster felt what he calls the "cold slap of cancer" when his doctors told him they'd found the disease in his prostate.

Prostate cancer is the number two cause of cancer death in men, but doctors say its one of the most treatable, so they offered Lancaster options.

”You can do radiation, chemotherapy, you can have the old fashioned surgery using the knife and robotic” said Lancaster.

Radiation Oncologist Dr. Dominic Nguyen says when it comes to cancer treatment, one size does not fit all.

"What we do is personalize the treatment for the situation and your personal preferences" he told us.

So Lancaster had a lot to consider. He reached out to a lot of people he heard some good and some bad.

"I had a good friend in Florida who elected not to have his prostate taken, he decided he was gonna do it by chemical, well, that didn't go so well," he recalled.

Lancaster's familiarity with technology kept pulling him just one direction.

"I started visiting about the robot and saw everything it did. I was totally fascinated with it. But I really didn't want to do anything to tell you the truth." he said.

But doing nothing wasn't an option.

Lancaster learned that after his father-in-law died and the family found medical records showing prostate cancer killed him, with him never speaking a word about it.