Like many men, prostate cancer wasn’t on Robert Hessling’s
mind. It wasn’t until he discovered his unusually high prostate-specific
antigen (PSA) level that he reached out to Dr. Garrett Matsunaga, M.D.,
Chief of Urology, at Torrance Memorial. After a preliminary examination,
Dr. Matsunaga recommended a biopsy of the prostate, which later detected
intermediate-risk prostate cancer.
Any form of cancer can be scary—and Hessling was dumbstruck—but
Dr. Matsunaga maintained a positive attitude and thoroughly explained
to Hessling the diagnosis, his treatment options, possible side effects,
and prognosis. He ultimately decided on robotic radical prostatectomy,
which was also performed by Dr. Matsunaga.
Hessling’s recovery process was nothing he didn’t expect since
Dr. Matsunaga explained it all. He was able to walk a few hours after
surgery, left the hospital mid-afternoon, and fully recovered after a
few weeks. Hessling is now cancer free and credits his health to early
detection, and the many helpful physicians at Torrance Memorial who guided
him throughout the process.
Hessling, along with other guest speakers, spoke at Torrance Memorial’s
“Pints for Prostates” event. More than 250 men and women came
out to hear what the speakers had to say about men’s health. The
event served to kick start Movember and raise awareness for prostate cancer.