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More than 26,000 men will die from prostate cancer this year. That was not an option for John DeCamillis.
“As I tell people Brooke, it wasn’t a matter of if I was going to be diagnosed. I’d planned on eventually dealing with it. It was more a matter of when,” DeCamillis said.
His family history sealed his fate. A grandfather diagnosed with prostate cancer in his 70’s. His father in his 60’s. His uncles, too. The well-known Louisville attorney started screening for it when he was just 45, an age most physicians would agree is a good place to start.
“Until I actually went in for the MRI screening and was discussing with the technician why I was there, and having to say the words, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, it hadn’t hit me yet,” DeCamillis said.
In fact, the number of younger men diagnosed with aggressive, life-threatening prostate cancer has increased nearly 6-fold in the last 20 years.
Dr. John Jurige, with First Urology in Louisville, is no stranger to men in the DeCamillis family, having treated many of them for cancer. After much research, DeCamillis has chosen a treatment different from the more common surgical removal of the prostate, radiation or chemotherapy.
“I started with skepticism because it was new. The numbers weren’t there. My wife wanted to hear statistics like anybody would and they’re just not there, except that Dr. Jurige has been performing it the last 10 years,” DeCamillis said.
It’s a procedure called HIFU, with a device that uses high-intensity ultrasound waves to destroy cancerous prostate tissue. Dr. Jurige was the first physician to perform it in the U.S. less than two years ago, creating the epicenter right here in Louisville. It remains the only place in the state to offer HIFU.