Faces of Prostate Cancer — Willie Blue
Willie Blue was good about getting regular checkups, including PSA tests starting at age 50. His good habits paid off -- Willie's prostate cancer was diagnosed in time to consider several treatment options. Talking through the details with his wife and his doctors eventually led him back to his first instinct to "just get rid of it." Willie had a nerve-sparing prostatectomy in October 2006, an advanced procedure in which one or both nerve bundles located next to the prostate are carefully preserved. Since the surgery Willie's PSA levels have remained undetectable, but his physical recovery is plain as day.
"The doctor couldn't believe how well it went for me," says Willie. "I'm back to lifting weights, jogging, running half-marathons and playing golf -- all without problems or pain."