|Jim, Last Day of Radiation
My family doctor sent me to a urologist in December after an 8.3 PSA test. A digital exam revealed a tumor on
one side of my prostate. In January, (age 62) a biopsy showed cancer in 10 of the 12 samples taken, with a Gleason score of
7. My urologist informed me of the choices for treatment, started me on hormone blocking therapy, told me what he thought
was the best treatment plan, and referred me to Dr. Terk at Florida Center for Prostate Care. Dr. Terk’s recommendation
was the same as that of my urologist; 2 months of hormone blocking therapy and then a seed implant, followed by a course of
external IGRT radiation treatments because my cancer was advanced to the point where it was possibly out of the prostate.
In early April, Dr. Terk implanted 72 seeds and 4 gold markers (for the IGRT) into my prostate. 2 months later I started 5
weeks of daily IGRT radiation treatments, which I finished in mid July.
Having been a computer
field service engineer when I was working, I was amazed by the imaging technology and the implant procedure, and amazed by
the technology and precision of the IGRT machine used for my external radiation treatments. I was even more amazed by the
people at Florida Center for Prostate Care. Everyone treated me like family. There was always a nurse or care coordinator
available if I called with a question or a concern during my treatment. My Mom wouldn’t have taken any better of care
of me than the radiation technicians who gave me my IGRT treatments did. I was always greeted with a smile and treated with
dignity and professionalism and they quickly became my support group. Dr. Vargas took care of me during my IGRT treatments,
and he was always available to answer any and all questions or concerns that I had.
On September 21st my urologist
gave me the results of my first PSA test after my treatments, a PSA of 0.01, virtually undetectable. When you put amazing
technology together with amazing people, you get amazing results. I will be forever grateful to the people at F.R.O.G. for
giving me my life back. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, please see Dr. Terk before you make any decisions
In January 2013 my urologist recommended a biopsy since my PSA was somewhat elevated. Since I had experienced
a biopsy some ten years earlier I knew what to expect and it went quite smoothly. Unfortunately the results were positive
and I had a Gleason score of 7.
After a negative bone scan to ensure that the cancer had not spread to any other
organs, my doctor referred me to the team at the Florida Center for Prostate Care for treatment. My initial appointment with
Dr. Vargas was very encouraging. He took all the time necessary to explain in great detail the treatment options open to
me in a very caring manner so I opted for Radiation Therapy.
The next step was to undergo an MRI and a CT scan which
took about an hour and the only discomfort was the need to lie perfectly still. I was then ready for the first of my 45 daily
radiation treatments. Each treatment takes only about 15 minutes and is completely painless. All one has to do is lie down
on the linear accelerator and the therapist takes care of the rest.
In summation, I cannot emphasize enough how professional,
understanding and caring everyone was day in and day out. I feel most fortunate to have this team on my side during my battle
with prostate cancer.
I have generally arrived early for my appointments and have enjoyed visiting with other patients while waiting.
All I spoke with were impressed with the professionalism, courteousness, efficiency, and positive attitude of the staff. They
have minimized any unpleasant ness of the treatment and done everything possible to make us feel comfortable and informed
about our treatment schedule and to keep it moving quickly. I think the attitude of the staff contributes to positive outcomes.
I have had almost no side effects from the treatment and am confident the treatment will be a success.
I’ve known for over 10 years that my PSA score was “off the charts”. Over those years, In my researching,
reading and receiving “the newest” prostate info from (nightly news) TV and reading articles on the internet I
came to believed that prostate cancer was the slowest growing cancer, therefore I felt I was in little danger (being I am
age 74). I changed my regular Doctor, and my new doctor strongly suggested that I have a biopsy done. My regular doctor suggested
I visit an urologist, to check things out. The results from my biopsy showed that I had an aggressive prostate cancer. My
Gleason score was #9 out a scale of #10. I was very fortunate that the cancer had not spread outside the prostate. Dr. Blasser
referred me to the team at the Florida Center for Prostate Care. To my knowledge it is the only center in the world that treats
their patients using a customized MRI scan with laser guidance and radiation positioning. There are several cancer centers
located around Jacksonville/Beaches/Orange Park etc. Being referred to this center I feel very lucky, for the level of compassion,
the genuine caring, kindness and professionalism is AWESOME. The staff, from front of the office, to the very back of the
office have been supporting and helpful to my wife and myself every step of the way. I was scheduled for 45 radiation treatment
sessions. These sessions only take a few minutes each. The radiation therapy is entirely painless. I have little to no side
effects. I have 14 treatments to go. The entire crew, the whole front office team, the back of the house radiation operators
and the Doctors, all are almost unbelievable. I have been seen by two different Doctors. Their level of kindness and attention
as well as understanding is very commendable. There are several employees working to assure everything goes as planned. Each
and every one of the staff has the very best attitude I have ever experienced anywhere. Every employee that I have come in
contact with is truly there for the right reason. I really feel privileged and blessed to be a patent there. Thanks to all
of you; you sure make tough things a lot easier to deal with.
When I first went to the see the team at the Florida Center for Prostate Care, I was somewhat nervous as I was
not sure what to expect. From the first visit, however, I was immediately at ease. The doctors and staff were informative
and helpful about explaining exactly what would happen during the process.
Once the actual treatments began, I met
the technicians who are great. They are always up. They are always interested in you. They make you totally comfortable,
and I enjoyed our time together. Since the appointment is usually the same every day, you also have a cohort of other men
that you see regularly. I liked this because it gives one a group of buddies with whom you share a bond that only those going
through treatment can really understand. Actually, it's the contact with these guys and the technicians that make this experience
(which no one really wants to go through) a positive one.
In the end, isn't that what counts? The people!
Thank you! You are the best!
Hello my name is George Schneider Senior. I was a patient with the team at the Florida Center for Prostate
Care. I wanted to pass along some information that might be helpful to new patients. The first thing I would like to mention
is that there are no major side effects with treatment. There wasn't with me, and I don't know of anybody that had any.
There also was no downtime in your life. I had nine weeks of treatment, five days a week, ten minutes a day and that's all
you have to set aside in your life for this treatment. In the beginning, nine weeks seemed like forever, but by the end of
treatment, looking back, it all went very quickly. There's nothing to fear about the treatment. The people are fantastic!
They make you feel at home and part of their family, and you are. Any problems that you might encounter, if mentioned to any
staff member, they will handle and straighten out for you immediately. The organization of these people is phenomenal. Their
kindness is phenomenal. They are the nicest and most professional staff I've ever encountered anywhere. I just want to send
my thanks once again to all the staff members.
I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April of 2013. Of course as soon as you here the big C word you immediately
think doom and gloom. I decide after the shock that I would do the radiation treatment after talking it over with my Urologist.
He immediately set me up with an appointment with the team at the Florida Center for Prostate Care.
I was brought
in and they performed an MRI and CAT scan to set up the computer program for my treatments. Then it was about a week or so
and I was called to start my treatments. The treatments went well. The only times that I did not have treatments were weekends,
holidays and an occasional equipment problem (very rare). I saw the doctor once a week and if I was having any issues all
I had to do was tell him what they were and he would always provide a prescription or advice on over the counter type medication
to help with these particular situations.
The doctors provide wonderful feedback during the weekly session and they
want to insure that your treatments are problem free. The technicians that perform the treatments daily are without a doubt
the most professional and caring folks you could ever want to know. They make you comfortable from day one. I have to say
that I felt a bit awkward when I first started, but within a few days I never felt that again. They put me completely at
ease. I have to admit that I am glad I have completed the treatments but I can tell you that I will miss the folks that took
care of me during this time and wish them the best.
My name is Justo Aviles; I was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Philadelphia. I moved to Jacksonville in 1994
with my long time employer a metal sheet company and then retired in 2010. I am married and a father of five children.
In 2010 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. At that time I decided not to receive treatment. As time went on my symptoms
were getting worse, I realized it was not going away. After I retired, I went back for a follow-up and I met with Dr. Carlos
Vargas. Doctor Vargas took his time explaining treatments and what I should expect. He explained the road ahead of me and
I decided to go on with treatment.
I started my radiation in March 2013. I could not be any more pleased with the
outcome. Here at the Florida Center for Prostate Care, everyone was caring and understanding of my needs. Although the treatments
seemed long, they were not painful. The patients and staff share all kinds of laughs and no sadness. Today I feel wonderful
to have completed my treatment not just because it was needed, but because this place made my treatments easier.
want to thank the staff for making this time in my life such a great experience!
The doctors and staff at the Florida Center for Prostate Care made my journey through radiation treatment for
prostate cancer a non-event. They really do care about their patients and that attitude is reflected in how they treat you
Thanks to all of the great people at the center, I will soon be back hiking with my wife in the mountains
of North Carolina and the Tetons in Wyoming.
|Barry and his grandsons
At the age of 65, my Urologist diagnosed me with Gleason 8 prostate cancer. He referred me to Dr. Terk at the Florida
Center for Prostate Care for evaluation. He reviewed in detail with me the pros and cons of the different available treatments.
After discussing the various options, I ultimately decided to pursue radiation therapy, rather than surgery, in order to maintain
the best possible quality of life. The explanation of the entire procedure was very clear to me. I underwent a few months
of hormone treatment, followed by a prostate seed implant and 5 weeks of radiation treatments. The entire process was completed
in the spring. The treatments did not at all interfere with my full time work schedule except for the short time needed each
day for the daily radiation treatments. Since that time, my PSA has remained 0.10 ng/ml, and I’ve been feeling great
! All of the staff at the Florida Center for Prostate Care are very professional and friendly, and I highly recommend them.
In January, following a much overdue routine physical , my PSA count came back elevated. This alerted my family doctor
of a potential problem and he referred me to a Urologist. After a thorough examination and biopsies, I was diagnosed with
Gleason score 5 prostate cancer. My Urologist immediately referred me to the Florida Center for Prostate Care to be further
evaluated. On my very first visit he fully discussed the different options available taking ample time to answer the many
questions I had. He also reviewed in detail the possible side effects of each. He sent me for a CT scan and an ultrasound
of the prostate. With these results in hand we were able to determine the best procedure to undergo. Being a very active 66
year old person and gainfully employed with a heavy travel schedule I chose the prostate seed implant. This was done May 3rd
and I was back to work on the 4th with a minimum of side effects. I’m looking forward to many more years of cancer free
life and give thanks every day to God, my doctors, and their caring wonderful professional staff. They have given me a new
lease on life and I highly recommend their service.