Lanse faced cancer in another way before receiving his diagnosis of prostate cancer. Having seen his family battle the disease he had already gained tremendous respect for those who undergo it. Lanse’s father, mother and sister had already encountered and won the battle against the disease. Even though he had already personally witnessed it, he wasn’t prepared for his prostate cancer diagnosis.
Signs and Symptoms
- Frequent urination (especially at night)
- Painful ejaculation
- Problems starting or stopping a stream of urine
Lanse says that when he heard the word cancer he was determined to get through it. He knew that Moffitt was a qualified place to receive treatment and chose to receive treatments under the careful hands of Dr. Kosj Yamoah.
“I never considered treatment at anywhere other than Moffitt so it’s really hard for me to
comment on how my journey might have been different had I not gone to Moffitt,” says Lanse.
An Alternative Treatment
There are many kinds of prostate cancer treatment. Lanse decided against surgery and chose radiation therapy. He recalls one memory in particular that stuck out to him during this process.
“Part of my treatment consisted of 5 weeks of external beam radiation therapy. On one occasion, my wife came accompanied me to one of my appointments to get a better idea of what happens during EBR therapy. The radiology technicians on duty that morning took a lot of time to explain to her how EBR therapy works and what the EBRT machine was doing while I was on the radiation table,” Lanse shares.
Lanse also recalls that it was this care and precision gave his wife a tremendous sense of confidence that he was receiving great care at Moffitt. It relieved the stress and anxiety she had for her husband.
Lanse and Dr. Yamoah got to know each other not only as doctor and patient but men who shared a connection of passion for faith, family and helping others. Dr. Yamoah, like Lanse had seen cancer in his family. His son Zion had just turned 3 years old when he was diagnosed with a rare pediatric brain tumor. The little boy, who never lost his love to sing even during aggressive cancer treatment, passed away 18 months later.
Courage. It’s a word Lanse and Dr. Yamoah understand.
“Courage and cancer are polar opposites, but courage always wins,” says Dr. Yamoah.
Lanse couldn’t agree more. In November, he rang the celebratory bell to signify the end of his treatment. He was officially a cancer survivor.
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