A Prostate Cancer Patient’s Journey

November 4, 2003.

The date is deeply etched in James Eisenhardt’s memory.

On that day eight years ago, Jim’s long journey as a cancer patient began. That day also happens to be his wife’s birthday.

November 4 was when this South Jersey man went for a colonoscopy in an effort to learn what was making it difficult for him to go to the bathroom. And it was then that the doctors found a tumor on his rectal wall.

November 4 was the day Jim thought he had colorectal cancer.

The biopsy came back with a surprise, but not necessarily a good surprise. It was prostate cancer and it had spread.

Jim was 49 at the time, a husband and the father of three adult children.

When he was first diagnosed with prostate cancer, he called four different people – friends – including a couple in medicine. All four came back with the same recommendation: Go see Dr. Leonard Gomella at Jefferson. So Jim came to Jefferson and was quickly introduced to the multidisciplinary approach to prostate cancer care pioneered here.

On that first visit he was introduced to multiple physicians who specialize in prostate cancer – a urologist, a radiation oncologist and a medical oncologist. As it turns [...] continue the story