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Brett Troia - 41 year old Triathlete

“Ten months from diagnosis, 25 weeks after surgery, I am cancer-free.”

Let me start by saying that the treatment and care my family and I received from Florida Hospital and Dr. Vipul Patel’s staff was top notch. They are the experts at taking something devastating like prostate cancer and focusing on the desired prognosis rather than the current diagnosis. I have never met such a humble, kind, gentle and sincere person as Dr. Vipul Patel.

On September 21, 2008, I raced for the cure with AFAC triathlon at Walt Disney World in Florida. While I joined in the fight raising over $1,700 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, little did I know that I, too, had cancer growing within me – a cancer that does not discriminate based on age, race, health or religion.

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer on December 3, 2008, at 41 years old.

After a consultation New Year’s Eve with surgeon Dr. Vipul Patel of the GRI, my wife and I decided that a robotic prostatectomy would be our course of treatment. Surgery was then scheduled for April 6, 2009.

I spent the next four months training spiritually and physically for my biggest race ever, the race against cancer. I made a commitment to go into surgery as physically prepared as possible by being in the best shape I have ever been.

So I was off to prepare for the big day – April 6. The procedure took just over an hour and was executed with total perfection. By the afternoon of surgery day, I was up and walking around -- a bit wobbly at first, but nonetheless, I was on my feet. A mere 23 hours after arrival in my hospital room, I was discharged. Ten months from diagnosis, 25 weeks after surgery, I am cancer-free.

Fact: In January of 2010, eight months post-surgery, Brett competed in the same triathlon and achieved a personal-best record time. Congratulations and thank you from all the cancer patients for whom you have raised money. – Vipul Patel, MD