Prostate cancer survivor returns to MD Anderson to spread cheer

Bryan Bump knows the importance of annual physicals. They’ve saved his life — twice. In August 2011, Bryan, then 49, underwent a physical exam through his employer’s wellness program so that he could get a discount on his health insurance premium.   “The doctor wanted to check my PSA levels because my father had prostate cancer,” he says. “I did not want to have the test, but I did it because she was very persuasive.” A prostate cancer diagnosis The results left him in disbelief. “She told me my PSA levels were elevated, and she wanted to refer me to another place for a second opinion,” he says. “I told her I wanted to go through MD Anderson because of its reputation for being a center of excellence for cancer.” On Aug. 29, 2011, Bryan met with Jose Karam, M.D., who confirmed his prostate cancer diagnosis. Bryan underwent a robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy two-and-a-half months later. “They took everything out except for a dirty spot that they couldn’t touch because it was in a sensitive area. They decided to leave it alone and closely monitor it,” he says. A prostate cancer recurrence Bryan showed no evidence of disease for three years. Then, in September 2014, a blood test during another annual physical revealed the presence of prostate-specific antigens. Bryan returned to MD Anderson and learned that his prostate cancer had returned. This time, he underwent seven weeks of radiation therapy with Shalin Shah, M.D., at MD Anderson in Sugar Land. “I was the first appointment in the morning so I could avoid the traffic coming out of Richmond, and...