Presidential Treatment for Prostate Cancer

In late 2009, former University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks received the diagnosis no one wants to hear: cancer. On an intellectual level, he knew that stage-1 prostate cancer is eminently treatable—and in his case, it had been caught early—but that knowledge was cold comfort when faced with additional tests and the uncertainty of what to do next.

“The bottom line for Susan, my wife, and me quickly became, Where can we receive the best level and quality of treatment?” Bruininks recalls. “Fortunately for us, the University of Minnesota is home to one of the best cancer centers in the nation.”

The best place for care

The University’s Institute for Prostate & Urologic Cancer is a first-of-its-kind center encompassing a full range of medical treatments as well as access to leading-edge solutions through clinical trials. Taking advantage of the research expertise at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, our collaborative care team aims to provide the best possible outcome for each patient’s unique situation based on the latest knowledge and technologies available.

After Bruininks talked to numerous doctors and prostate cancer survivors to get a handle on his options, he and his family chose the treatment they felt would give him his best chance of emerging cancer-free as well as a relatively quick recovery.

Within days of his treatment, Bruininks had resumed many of his work duties; in a few weeks, he returned to a full work schedule, and he has since resumed all of his favorite activities, including horseback riding, hiking, fishing, traveling with his family, and exercising.

“I feel truly blessed in so many ways,” says Bruininks. “I had access to treatment options that are second to none; caring medical professionals led by Dr. [Badrinath] Konety, one of the best in the business; state-of-the-art technology; and a very positive outcome.

“I’ve always believed that cancer research and treatment at the University are second to none,” Bruininks adds. “Now I can speak from direct, personal experience.”

- Story courtesy University of Minnesota Foundation

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