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Ed Horowitz - Patient Story

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"I connected with Dr. Horwitz right away."

— Ed Horowitz, Prostate Patient

My doctor ordered a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test in 2007 when I was 69. My routine exam was normal but because I was 69, the doctor thought it would be a good idea to test the PSA level. My results were elevated, and the doctor ordered a biopsy. All 12 samples that were tested came back positive for cancer, and I was sent for a CT scan and bone scan. Those results were normal, confirming that the cancer was localized to my prostate.

I faced a decision about treatment: either radiation or surgery. First, I met with a surgeon at a large Philadelphia hospital. I had thought he would try to convince me to have surgery, but because I was close to 70, had locally advanced cancer, and a Gleason score of 8, he said surgery would be out of the question. My cancer was large and aggressive, and he said that surgery is typically reserved for men with smaller cancers.

My friends recommended that I seek a second opinion from Dr. Eric Horwitz, chair of radiation oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center. I made an appointment two days later, and I connected with him right away. We have the same last name, but he spells his without the second O. I was planning to tell him he spelled his name wrong, but my girlfriend said that would not be nice.

When Dr. Horwitz walked into the room, the first thing he said was, “Hello, Mr. Horowitz. You know you spell your name wrong?” We laughed for about five minutes, and at that point I knew he was the right doctor for me.

We reviewed my treatment options, and I finally decided to be treated with IMRT (intensity modulated radiation therapy) combined with hormone injections. I went through 40 days of radiation and now take hormone therapy due to my Gleason score. I completed treatment in January 2008.

A few years later, my cancer returned and was isolated in my shoulder. I started another course of chemotherapy, which was completed in March 2016. I now return to Fox Chase every three to four months for follow-up with medical oncologist Dr. Elizabeth Plimack. My cancer has not grown and has not spread since I completed chemotherapy. Dr. Plimack has told me that if that continues, I will only need to be monitored every six months in the future.

I always recommend Fox Chase to anyone considering treatment for prostate cancer. I consider myself fortunate to have gone there for treatment.

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