AT SBUMC, FIRST EVER ROBOT ASSISTED SURGERY TO REMOVE PROSTATE HELPS ORIENT MAN QUICKLY RETURN TO LIFE AS USUAL
Four weeks after historic case, David Moore takes long walks, day trips, and his incision marks are barely visible
STONY BROOK, N.Y., October 17, 2007 – Earlier this year, David Moore (pictured center) didn’t know much about prostate cancer except that his brother-in-law was diagnosed with it 10 years ago and subsequently underwent major surgery to have his prostate removed. “He talked about how much pain he was in during the recovery, and that even now he experiences some after affects,” said David, 67, a retired high school social studies teacher from Orient.
Prostate cancer is cancer of the small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces seminal fluid, the fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it is the leading cancer affecting men of all races in the United States.
David got to know the disease up close and personal in April, when his primary care physician informed him that his routine Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test came back elevated, which indicated he needed a biopsy. The news came shortly after he and his wife Jan returned from a trip to the Cayman Islands where they celebrated their 40th anniversary. Prior to that, David had no major health concerns. Regular check ups, exercise, and a healthy diet have helped him and his wife maintain clean bills of health. With two grown children who are settled with families of their own, the retired schoolteachers have been free to choose how they spend their leisure time. They enjoy a regular round of golf, spend as much time as they can with their five grandchildren, and go to the gym regularly. Following retirement, David picked up a job as an expediter in a local law firm; Jan loves to read. “When …