Both cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned caring are alive and well at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital. Utilizing a mixture of innovative surgical techniques and sensitivity to the patient's needs, Dr. Jaspreet Singh not only successfully diagnosed and treated Archie Vereen for prostate cancer, but also ensured his family's comfort through an always difficult time.
After a yearly physical with his primary care physician revealed elevated PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels, Archie, a resident of Beacon, was referred to Dr. Singh for further evaluation. A biopsy confirmed the cancer diagnosis.
The surgical choice was not automatic for Archie and his wife Rachel. As a member of the Jehovah's Witness faith, Archie refuses blood transfusions, which is a part of any traditional surgery. Dr. Singh was able to accommodate the family's beliefs by performing a robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy. The procedure drastically reduces the amount of blood loss by allowing doctors to perform the surgery in a magnified fashion with finer instruments. In addition, his team obtained a Cell Saver machine, which delivers any blood loss back to the patient. The procedure, which is usually only done in major cities, successfully removed the cancer.
"He didn't treat me as just another number," Archie said. "He treated my wife like she was family. He would always ask her if she had any questions. The hospital did the same when we went through everything before the operation. They made sure that she understood everything that I was going through, and that made her feel at ease."