Myron Robinson - Prostatectomy


Myron Robinson was in good shape. After retiring from a 37 year career with affiliates of the National Urban League throughout the nation and two years as a consultant of Cleveland State University urban affairs department, Myron and his wife moved to Florida for some long deserved relaxation. He had a good family health history, in fact, his father lived to the impressive age of 93. Myron took care of himself and checked in with his physician regularly, so when he moved to Florida he began seeing his new Family Practice Physician and continued with the recommended screenings for a man his age, including the PSA.

When Myron’s PSA came back elevated he wasn’t that worried, but he did listen to his doctor and made an appointment with a Urologist. The decision was made to do a biopsy, just in case.

“It was a Friday in December when I got the phone call,” remembers Myron. “My wife and I were getting ready to leave for an event. The doctor told me I had slow growing cancer cells. My initial reaction was ‘You must have made a mistake’.”

Myron and his wife spent the Christmas season with a cloud of worry over their heads. The questions of ‘what if’ and ‘what does this mean for our family’ drowning out the holiday spirit. Fortunately, they soon received some relieving news, the cancer was curable through surgery.

On Valentine’s Day, Myron had his first appointment with Dr. Robert Carey, the Urologist that would be performing his prostatectomy (removal of the prostate). Dr. Carey was reassuring, stating “I can take care of this.” After research of the options and discussion with friends and family, a minimally invasive, robotic surgery using the da Vinci Si was scheduled at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

“Dr. Carey and the staff at Doctors Hospital really took care of me,” says Myron. He was a little groggy after the surgery, but by the next day he was walking around and ready to go home. “Things have been going well since the surgery. I feel wonderful, but this experience has taught me that we are all vulnerable. It is important to take care of your health and to encourage the ones that you love to do the same.”