Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer: A Patient’s Perspective | Cedars-Sinai

Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer: A Patient’s Perspective | Cedars-Sinai


My name is Charles Trevino
and I’m a retired educator and my name is Carmen Trevino and
I also work for the LA Unfied District for 30 years and
I am retired right now. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
I was 64. My initial reaction when I, when I
found out about it is obviously that I was scared. The word cancer
was something that nobody wants to hear. Our first thoughts were
that this was something that we need to have operated on and taken out. Everybody that
I talk to and the family and and and other healthcare providers
really wanted the cancer removed. When I first met
Mr. Trevino he and his family were convinced he needed
surgery and needed it right away. Even in experienced
hands, prostate surgery carries risks. Um, it carries the risk of urinary incontinence
and erectile dysfunction. Patients are looking for a way out
And if you can give them a sound scientific rationale for delaying or deferring treatment
they are happy to take it and they’re greatly relieved.
Prior to coming to Cedars-Sinai, I had never heard of active surveillance
and, um, when I remember Dr. Kim and he explained what active surveillance was and how it applied
to my particular cancer. I was very very impressed and thought this
is the way I want to go At Cedars-Sinai, active surveillance means
that a team of highly specialized experts monitors your disease
carefully. We provide supportive services so that your nutrition, exercise
and lifestyle can be optimized to prevent cancer progression. My diet has changed after
having been in active surveillance. I’ve gone from a size 40 waist to a 38.
I have more energy and that is all part of the whole nutrition program. This is part
of the active surveillance. Its changing one’s lifestyle
for a better lifestyle. As a consequence of me eating differently, I also have
incorporated and they encouraged me to exercise more
and part of the exercise is by dancing. My wife and I have been dancing salsa for
a while now. Active surveillance does not mean that one
does not do anything with their cancer. Active surveillance is being active just like
the word indicates and you’re active by being
careful with what you’re eating. You’re active by exercising more. You’re active
by have a team of professionals who understand your disease
and thanks to Cedars-Sinai, thanks to the active
surveillance program my life has changed
and it has been a very very positive change because of that.

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