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Prostate Cancer Survivor Finds Mount Carmel A Friendly, Fortunate Choice

Jack learned about prostate cancer the same way a lot of people do.  His family doctor found a nodule during a routine exam. Taking the course most people in his hometown of Springfield take, he went to the local cancer center for treatment.

I went through 8 or 10 weeks of radiation and assumed it was all over,” said Jack. It wasn't.

He got a call on vacation letting him know he'd need to repeat his course of treatment - this time using radioactive seed implants.

After two rounds of treatment, Jack's son thought it was time for a change.

"He said ‘You’re coming to Columbus,’” Jack recalled.

Thankfully his son knew Angie Edwards, a Cancer Nurse Navigator at Mount Carmel.

“They go to the same church,” Jack said. “She got me in to see Dr. Siegel right away.” 

It was a good thing, too, because the cancer had spread to his hip. 

“Thankfully Dr. Siegel found it and Dr. Fankhauser was able to do a hip replacement.  I’ve been coming back to Mount Carmel every six weeks for almost two years now to keep an eye on it, and everything seems to be holding its own. No more spreading. Dr. Siegel says I’ll keep coming ‘until’. And that’s fine with me.”

“The people at Mount Carmel are so friendly, and the doctors are, too,” he added. “I’d give my experience a 10 out of 10. And if I had to do it again, I’d come back to Mount Carmel in a minute.”

“But,” he said with a chuckle, “hopefully not.”

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