JEFFERSON, La. -- Aaron Broussard told his doctor that he could go on the record with Eyewitness News, allowing us to talk to Dr. Oliver Sartor, the medical director of the Tulane Cancer Center, about his condition.
Dr. Sartor is an international expert on prostate cancer. He has been part of clinical trials testing the latest treatments for men who are very sick with prostate cancer that has spread to the bones.
He said that in Broussard’s case, he did something very crucial. Even though he had no signs or symptoms, Broussard went in for a routine checkup and got a routine PSA blood test.
“In his particular case, it was an appropriate test and we’re glad that the diagnosis was made in a timely manner,” said Sartor.
The doctor confirmed that Broussard has prostate cancer, that there was an abnormality on the PSA blood test and then a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis. Sartor is still doing tests to determine if it is contained, or if it has spread to other parts of the body – and, if it has spread, how far. Sartor said he can’t say at this time what stage Broussard’s cancer is in.
“I do know that he needs treatment,” he said. “I have enough information to be able to say that. We know that he has cancer, but we haven’t finalized any treatment decisions yet because we have more tests that are ongoing.”
Treatment can vary with prostate cancer and options sometimes include surgery to remove the prostate gland, internal seed radiation or external beam radiation. There is also hormone therapy and combinations of different treatments. Some men need no treatment at all.
“All the cancers are not the same,” said Sartor. “All men are not the same and I really hesitate to make big generalities when it comes to this disease because we really have to personalize the treatment.”
Sartor said there is no scientific data to show that stress will cause prostate cancer, but the risk does go up with age and Broussard is 63.