The above picture was taken just before I was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 64. I’d always had my PSA checked yearly and for 20 plus years I had no problem. Have always lived a very active life. Then bang!! Quick velocity to over 5.0. Time for a second test, then a PCA3. Bad news there, so had the biopsy with my local urologist. More bad news. Abnormal cells destined to become cancerous. Although in the middle of a PhD program, I went on a nationwide research crusade to find out everything possible about my cancer. Traveled to Mayo, UCI, Michigan, Emory, City of Hope, Loma Linda et al. Read everything I could get my hands on and interviewed numerous oncological surgeons. I knew that Di Vinci was the correct procedure for my circumstances, but came to understand that the surgeon was by far the most important key to a successful outcome. Then a second biopsy 6 months later and boom, I’ve got cancer. After all my research and considering different surgeons, several friends (who had excellent outcomes) strongly encouraged me to meet and consult with Jeff before I made my final decision. Almost at the last moment I did so and had a most unusual experience: within 10 minutes I KNEW that Jeff was to do my surgery. I have never encountered a more kind, compassionate, considerate and competent professional in my career. Before, during and after my surgery Jeff has been always available, remarkably communicative, patient and supportive. In addition to all of these accolades I must add the most important outcome for myself and my family: 100% cancer free for the past almost 3 years and as active and energetic as I’ve ever been. Although I may have screwed up his bell curve and my outcome isn’t guaranteed for everyone, I have never had any continence problems at all and more pleasing and surprising, my potency returned fully virtually immediately. I was very surprised that after traveling around the country for 6 months that the best surgeon I could find was right in my backyard at Hoag. Needless to say, I recommend Jeff enthusiastically and am happy to discuss my experience with any patient that might wish to do so.
Mark Chapin Johnson, PhD