New high-tech scan helps former Southern California firefighter extinguish prostate cancer in its earliest stages

  • Source: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
  • Published: 09/22/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: New technology that's allowing doctors to pinpoint prostate cancer long before it becomes a threat is now widely available. A former firefighter mentioned how this new imaging technique helped him extinguish prostate cancer before it spread. "I think firefighters tend to be aggressive," said retired Colton Fire Chief Thomas Hendrix. Eight years ago, doctors diagnosed him with prostate cancer and he knew exactly what he wanted to do. "Initially, it was just surgery, and the surgery went quite well and it looked like things were fine," Hendrix said. Things were fine until six months later when Hendrix's prostate-specific antigen levels started to rise again. The next plan of attack was 35 rounds of proton radiation therapy. The radiation therapy seemed to work and Hendrix thought he had beaten his cancer until a few years later.


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