Despite a strong family history of prostate cancer that claimed the lives
of his grandfather, father and brother, Len Kiczek is winning the battle
with the deadly disease. Seven years after receiving treatment from the
Prostate Cancer Program at Monmouth Medical Center, the 67-year-old father
and grandfather is cancer free.
Aggressive PSA testing
Beginning in the mid-2000s, Len began undergoing regular prostate-specific
antigen (PSA) blood tests to screen for prostate cancer. Testing continued
when he and his wife, Gina, moved to Long Branch in 2008, where Len was
seen by now retired Monmouth Medical Center urologist Arnold Grebler,
M.D. When PSA results showed elevated numbers, Dr. Grebler referred Len
to his colleague
Mitchell Weiss, M.D., a board-certified radiation oncologist at Monmouth Medical Center who
underwent training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
At the direction of Dr. Grebler, Len had a biopsy for prostate cancer in
which a small tissue sample was removed from the prostate for further
examination. The pathology report revealed the presence of cancer cells,
but was co “favorable risk” prostate cancer.
Collaborative approach results in individualized treatment plan
Drs. Weiss and Grebler provided Len with an overview of surgical and non-surgical
treatment options, including prostate removal, external beam radiation
and brachytherapy. (After consulting with his physicians and assessing
what was best for his busy lifestyle as a solo law practitioner, Len’s
individualized treatment plan became clear.
In 2009, he underwent hormone therapy – also known as called
androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) or
androgen suppression therapy – to reduce levels of male hormones and ultimately shrink the prostate
cancer. In 2010, after the completion of hormone therapy, Len underwent
brachytherapy - Permanent Seed Implant (PSI) - a non-surgical, minimally
invasive treatment overseen by both Dr Grebler and Dr. Weiss, who also
serves as chairman of radiation oncology at Monmouth Medical Center.
During the same-day procedure, 72 seeds were implanted in the prostate
gland, giving a high radiation dose to the cancer, and sparing the surrounding
healthy tissues. Len was back to work and his usual routine within two
days of the procedure, and for every six months following the first five
years of treatment, he followed up with a urologist and oncologist and
had blood work taken.
Today, Len’s outlook remains promising. Seven years after receiving
prostate cancer treatment, Len reflects on how he knew right from the
get-go that he was in good hands at Monmouth Medical Center.
“The highly trained physicians explained options in great detail
and made me feel comfortable every step of the way,” he says. “Thanks
to Monmouth’s expertise in treating prostate cancer, I continue
to be cancer free. This is a huge relief to my family and me.”
For more information about brachytherapy treatment for prostate cancer,
call the Prostate Cancer Program at the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth
Medical Center at