Grandfather Will Attend Granddaughter’s Wedding Cancer-Free Thanks to Efficient Treatment

By Drew Munhausen

Rick Brown can’t wait to see his granddaughter walk down the aisle at her wedding.

“If it wasn’t for my doctors at Memorial Hermann, I might not be able to see it,” Brown said.

In March, Brown’s family medicine doctor at Memorial Hermann Medical Group League City Primary Care, Chris Simpson, MD, found that his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were high following a PSA test.

The test measures the amount of PSA in the blood, a protein produced by cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate. High PSA levels can indicate the presence of prostate cancer.

Dr. Simpson referred Brown to Gavin Wagenheim, MD, a urologist with MHMG Urology Associates Southeast. Additional tests and a biopsy revealed Brown, who is 68 years old, had favorable intermediate-risk prostate cancer.

Despite not having any symptoms, Brown’s cancer was in stage 2. However, this was still early enough to be treated.

Brown opted for a robotic-assisted radical laparoscopic prostatectomy, a less-invasive robotic surgery to remove the prostate, in April at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. This advanced technology increases the chances that the cancer will be completely removed. “I have a lucky coin that I take with me everywhere,” Brown said. “Before the surgery I showed it to Dr. Wagenheim. He held on to it for me during the procedure. It really meant a lot to me that he would do that. He gave it to my wife when he told her the procedure had gone well and I was in recovery.”

Brown’s PSA levels were back to normal at follow-up appointments in June and September, and is now considered now cancer-free.

“I honestly had not been doing my annual PSA test like I should have,” Brown said. “I am so thankful that Dr. Simpson did the test that day back in March. I wasn’t in pain and didn’t have any symptoms and I likely would have just kept going while it was secretly getting worse. It’s such a big peace of mind.”

Brown’s granddaughter, Madison Moody, RN, a labor and delivery nurse at Memorial Hermann Southeast, is ecstatic that her grandfather is in good health leading up to her special day.

“He has always been the type of person to show a lot of affection,” Moody said. “He was always optimistic about his outcome. It was just amazing to see the doctors act so fast and get him fixed up so quickly. The wedding is something that we have been planning for a long time and he is very excited for it, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him be a part of it.”

Brown and his wife, Claudia, have three granddaughters, one grandson and one great-grandson. All of the family will be present at the wedding.

“You have to be so thankful for what you have,” Brown said. “And I am extremely grateful to all of my doctors who help take care of me. If I have a message for anyone, it’s to make sure to get your PSA test done.”

To learn more about prostate cancer and screening, visit https://cancer.memorialhermann.org/prostate-cancer/, or make an appointment with ScheduleNow with a primary care physician or urologist.

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