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Fighting Prostate Cancer

The first time Ken Rakusin ever came across the name, Inderbir Gill, it was in one of the alumni magazines that he gets from USC. His PSA (prostate-specific antigen) level was elevated at the time and the story on Keck Medicine of USC’s top urologist caught his eye. The second time he heard the name ...  
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The Honest Truth About Female Pelvic Health

For Sharon Beeching, 51, running is like meditation — her time to get away and clear her mind. But, two years ago, she noticed an uncomfortable change in her body. With every warm-up jumping jack and running stride, she would sense urine leakage. Beeching doesn’t listen to music as she runs, preferring the sound of ...  
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A Matter of Trust

Changing doctors places a patient on a remarkable road to recovery from bladder cancer The first doctor told Larry Urish he was dehydrated. “Come back in three months,” the doctor said. When his condition didn’t improve, a second doctor told him, “Let’s wait it out.” The third doctor told Urish he had an aggressive tumor ...  
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John Cortez

John Cortez had been suffering for seven years due to prostatitis before Monish Aron, MD performed his surgery on July 15, 2011. “I was in pain everyday and I am extremely happy with the decision I made to have the surgery with Dr. Aron,” said Cortez. Cortez had an excellent outcome following the surgery and ...  
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Bernard Vecerek

Four months following his robot-assisted prostatectomy at Keck Hospital of USC (formerly USC University Hospital), Bernard Vecerek is almost back to his normal daily routine. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, Vecerek was referred to Dr. Monish Aron, Professor of Urology at the USC Institute of Urology. “I instantly felt comfortable with Dr. Aron and ...  
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Edmundo Cid

Edmundo Cid was diagnosed with kidney cancer two years ago. What made it more complicated was that, unlike other people, he had only one functioning kidney. He had his cancer removed by open surgery two years ago but recently had a recurrence of cancer in the same kidney. And, this time there were two new ...  
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Anonymous (Patient) – February 8, 2013

Dear Dr. Daneshmand: I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your expertise, your professionalism, and the care you have provided for me. I really appreciate that you took the time to explain everything to me yesterday. Knowing that I have Bladder Cancer is a bit of a traumatic ...  
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Anonymous (Patient) – February 25, 2013

I am writing you this letter 4 weeks after my Radical Prostatectomy Surgery to tell you how grateful I am that you were the person who was in charge of the Seminar my wife and I attended in Dec. 2012. I was diagnosed with "Prostate Cancer" in Nov. 2012. It was diagnosed as Stage 2 ...  
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Anonymous (Patient) – April 6, 2013

Dr. Gill performed surgery on my husband in 2006, and it was quite successful. At that time, he was at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a warm, caring, highly-talented professional whom we greatly admire. He even wheeled my husband into the operating room, although he proved more adept at surgery than steering. We are so ...  
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John Slykhuis (Patient) – June 20, 2013

Before My Visit to USC Norris I was confused and angry after being diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. My Urologist suggested that I visit USC Norris for a Consultation. I met with Daniel Park and other staff members at USC. After visiting with Daniel and having all my questions answered, my mind was put a ease. ...  
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