UF surgeon puts prostate cancer survivor back on the tennis court

Published: January 20, 2012

Category: Cancer Center, Community Health & Family Medicine, Surgery

Cliff Grant

I'm 66 years old and Dr. Eric Stewart has been my primary care doctor for 20 years. Dr. Stewart told me that my prostate had been getting larger and he continued to keep an eye on it by scheduling regular exams.

Dr. Stewart eventually referred to Dr. Christopher Williams with the UF&Shands Jacksonville Cancer Center. He did some biopsies on my prostate and said nine of 13 cells had cancer in them. I received this diagnosis in March 2011.

Dr. Williams immediately recommended surgery. It was shocking to me because nobody in my family has ever been diagnosed with cancer. So he mentioned cryotherapy as one of the treatment options. He explained that it was a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that would take about four hours. He told me it would be a pretty easy procedure, but the simplicity of the process didn't dawn on me until everything was over with.

My recovery took about 10 days after the procedure. I was surprised at how simple the entire process went. I'm back at work, playing tennis and I feel great.

Dr. Williams is just a wonderful person and I just thank him for his advice and guiding me through the best treatment process. He and his team of nurses made it very easy for me because I had the right people around me and I had my faith.

Cliff Grant
Jacksonville, Fla.

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