October 12, 2016
In His Own Words: Dr. Tracy Gapin
In 2016, over 180,000 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Over 26,000 men in the U.S. will die form prostate cancer.
Because of prostate cancer’s widespread impact, Vituro Health wants to empower men, their families and the doctors who treat them with resources and services that elevate the standard of care and improve the patient experience.
The passion for this vision is clear when you speak to our individual doctors and leadership. We previously shared why Vituro Health CEO Clete Walker is so passionate about the battle against prostate cancer.
Now, Vituro Health partner physician, Dr. Tracy Gapin, wants to share why he believes physician communication is essential, in his own words:
“When a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, he has a number of treatment options. Typically, there is not just one single choice. Sometimes a case could be made that he could be appropriately treated with any of the major options available – surgery, radiation, or HIFU.
As a urologist who has treated men with prostate cancer every day for almost 20 years, I believe that good communication with these patients is critical. It’s really important to take the time to be sure that they understand their disease as well as the possible outcomes of each of these treatments. This includes understanding not just the oncologic results but also how their quality of life may be affected.
As I help a patient come to the right treatment choice for him, I think it’s important that he consider not only cancer cure but also the potential side effects.
I have cared for a number of patients who have undergone “successful” surgery or radiation for their prostate cancer. The treatments were considered successful because the men had no evidence of any residual cancer. Many of these men suffer from miserable urinary and sexual side effects related to the actual treatments – not from the cancer itself. I personally have a hard time considering these treatments “successful”.
This is why I got involved in HIFU many years ago. It provides an opportunity to offer my prostate cancer patients excellent cancer outcomes without sacrificing their quality of life. It’s an exciting technology that with long-term proven results.”
One of Dr. Gapin’s recent patients, Brian Zongol, had the following to say after being treated with HIFU for his prostate cancer: “After completing my research and having all of my questions answered openly and honestly, Dr. Gapin and I came to the same conclusion, which was that my “quality of life is just as important as my quantity of life” and I used that as my baseline for determining which treatment would provide that outcome.”
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