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Stewart Leventhal: Prostate Cancer Survivor
"How much time do I have?" was the first thing that came to Stewart Leventhal's mind when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 1997. Almost nine years later, Leventhal is enjoying life and taking an active approach in maintaining his health. "No longer do I take my health for granted," said Leventhal. "I have regular check-ups and blood tests to make sure that no stone is left unturned."

Before coming to St. Luke's Center for Cancer Care, Leventhal was told that a radical prostatectomy was his only hope. Then he found St. Luke's radiation oncologists Karen Halverson, MD, and David Butler, MD, who believed that the best approach to treating his cancer was also the least invasive. In April 1998, Leventhal was treated with a brachytherapy seed implant. Used in lieu of surgery or prolonged external beam radiation, this therapy involves implanting a small radioactive seed directly into the prostate where it delivers radiation to the gland over the course of several months.

"I can't say enough about Dr. Butler and the entire St. Luke's team. They were there to help me through my darkest, most fearful hours and they continue to be tremendous support." said Leventhal. "These folks saved my life."

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