Surviving Prostate Cancer

One Patient's Story

By Angela Generoso
MedicineNet.com

Reviewed by William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

Benjamin Miller* was shocked to learn he had prostate cancer.

"I had absolutely no family history of prostate cancer," Miller says. "I was very active, had no symptoms, and had an excellent diet."

Miller has since spent a great deal of time over the past five years mentoring men who have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. He generally avoids suggesting one treatment option over another, but spends even more time answering the questions he says that doctors won't answer.

"There are so many details that the doctors don't tell you because they don't want to spook you," Miller says.

He believes the biggest piece of advice he can give other men experiencing the same condition he struggled through would be that it never hurts to double-check, stressing the importance of testing and re-testing to ensure complete accuracy.

Miller was diagnosed in 2001, and quickly became an extremely well-informed prostate cancer patient. Prostate cancer is a malignant tumor made up of cells from the prostate gland. This tumor grows at an extremely slow pace and usually stays within the prostate gland for years.