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Prostate Cancer Survivor Gets an Encore

Michael Spicer embodies the theatrical credo that the show must go on. After having surgery for prostate cancer at The University of Kansas Hospital, he had no plans to appear on stage. He was focused on walking and recuperating as his urologic oncol...

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Prostate Cancer Survivor and News Anchor Shares His Journey

“When it comes to prostate cancer, what you don’t know can kill you. That’s why I’m so willing to discuss my experience with others.” So says John Holt, longtime FOX 4 News co-anchor, diehard Jayhawk, loving husband, proud father of an Army second li...

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Second Opinion Leads to Change In Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Moyer Bunting prepared for Christmas 2018 from a dark emotional place. Just weeks before, he had been given the worst possible news: He had a rare form of prostate cancer that, even with treatment, would likely end his life within 3 years. “I had t...

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Chance PSA Test Leads to Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

As an experienced emergency and sports medicine physician, Joseph Waeckerle, MD, doesn’t take risks with his patients’ health. When it came to his personal health, however, he wasn’t as vigilant. At age 60, Dr. Waeckerle had his first PSA (prostate s...

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Prostate Cancer Is No Match for Comprehensive Treatment

With a larger-than-life personality, charitable nature and sense of community, Charley Vogt never considered his biggest opponent in life would be cancer. Yet, when he was diagnosed with stage 3 prostate cancer in December 2013, Charley said the dise...

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Prostate Cancer Survivor Fights Fast, Aggressive Cancer

Retired as CEO of Farmland Industries, Bob had changed careers, studied ministry and become an ordained deacon on staff at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas. One day, when he was helping serve a meal to honor church volunteers, he m...

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Annual Physical Leads to Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

When you cover sports for a living, good timing is often the key to getting a great story. Similarly, when you’re diagnosed with prostate cancer, timing can mean a great outcome. Sports anchor Al Wallace of Fox 4 in Kansas City knew it was time for a...

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Innovative Prostate Cancer Treatment Eliminates Cancer

For 52 years, Bill Daniels has been a Kansas City Chiefs season ticket holder. When he takes the field as a Chiefs Coin Toss Captain, it will be an exciting first for this loyal fan. Bill Daniels enjoys good competition. Whether watching Army footbal...

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Closing the Book on Prostate Cancer

September 2017 was the start of a new chapter for Bob Summers. At 61, he was newly retired after 38 years working for the federal government’s Housing and Urban Development agency. He had also just welcomed his first grandson into the world. Life was...

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Giving the Boot to Prostate Cancer

With a father and 2 uncles who had prostate cancer, Don Hall knew he was at risk for the same fate. His physicians knew it, too. They advised him about the importance of regular PSA (prostate-specific antigen) testing, considering his family history...

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Overdue Exam Leads to Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Except for the occasional bout of poison ivy, Kerry Moore never saw a reason to visit a doctor. His 50th birthday came and went without an annual checkup and the routine tests many men have at that age. Today, as a prostate cancer survivor, the fathe...

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