Jack Pressman - Patient Story

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"I have been to my share of hospitals over the years, but I have never met so many nice people as I met at Fox Chase."

— Jack Pressman, Kidney Cancer Survivor

In 2009, I became the 1,000th patient to undergo robotic surgery for cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

I had been diagnosed with prostate cancer that year when a PSA test showed elevated numbers, and a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis. When my urologist gave me the diagnosis, I asked him what he would do if he were me, a 61-year-old man in otherwise good health. He answered, 'I would find a surgeon at Fox Chase who can remove the cancer using the da Vinci robot.' So I did just that.

Hearing the word 'cancer' can be very disturbing. Your whole life passes before your eyes, and I thought about my wife, Donna, our children, and our grandchildren. I was then the owner of a Minuteman Press in Bala Cynwyd, PA, where I worked with my wife and daughter, and I could not afford to be sick.

My first appointment at Fox Chase was with Dr. Rosalia Viterbo, a surgical oncologist who is specially trained to use the da Vinci robot for the prostatectomy. After my wife and I talked with her, I felt completely confident in her care. We were thrilled with her.

Back at work 2 weeks post surgery.Back at work 2 weeks post surgery.

At preadmission testing, pathologists at Fox Chase detected another problem, a small lesion on my kidney. Dr. Viterbo recommended that I proceed with the prostatectomy, and then after my recovery, she would perform a partial nephrectomy to remove the tumor and a portion of my kidney. The partial nephrectomy would preserve my kidney function.

I had prostate surgery in February that year and was home within three days. I felt great, and after two weeks was back at work part-time. I was running a true family business, so I wanted to get back as soon as I was able.

After my recovery, Dr. Viterbo scheduled me for the partial nephrectomy, which would also use the robotic approach. That surgery took place on November 17, 2009, a procedure that marked that 1,000th robotic surgery for cancer at Fox Chase. I now call myself ‘Mr. Roboto.’

I was confident in Dr. Viterbo’s surgical abilities and placed my complete trust in her. I was further assured I was in good hands when I learned how often Fox Chase uses the da Vinci robot. All of the people at Fox Chase are terrific. I have been to my share of hospitals over the years, but I have never met so many nice people as I met at Fox Chase. They don’t keep you waiting, and it is easy to tell that they really care about their patients. 


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