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Sylvester is the leader in


the tri-county region. We care for more cancer patients than any other facility in South Florida.


to Sylvester is giving HOPE


Ken Silveira learned he had an aggressive type of prostate cancer after routine blood work indicated an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level.


After a radical prostatectomy (surgery to remove the prostate gland), a follow-up PSA test revealed the cancer had not been eliminated. Shortly thereafter, Ken sought out Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of Radiation Oncology, who is using groundbreaking technology such as the Calypso®


4D Localization System™ to treat


prostate cancer. Sylvester was the first in the region to offer this advanced “GPS for the Body” which precisely delivers radiation to tumors while sparing surrounding healthy tissues. Ken’s case was unique. Instead of implanting the beacons in his prostate, Dr. Pollack positioned them alongside his bladder, where his prostate had been located. Ken underwent 34 treatments—five weekly—each lasting about five minutes, yielding minimal side effects. Ken now says cancer was a blessing in disguise, which helped him find a new appreciation for life. Ken says, “Anyone who is newly diagnosed with cancer should do their homework, consult with family to find the ‘best of the best’ for treatment, and above all, stay positive.”


THE MAGAZINE OF SYLVESTER COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER 10 25


Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and Chairman of Radiation Oncology


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