Bob's Battle: Breck finds out the effect of his cancer treatments

Published: May. 20, 2013 at 10:20 PM CDT|Updated: May. 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM CDT
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Bob Breck, FOX 8 Meteorologist
Bob Breck, FOX 8 Meteorologist

It's been seven months since Bob Breck's prostate cancer fight began. He has taken us on his emotional journey through treatment; now all those weeks of radiation therapy have come down to one moment. Blood test results will reveal whether the treatments worked.

A typical day at Dr. Neil Baum's office seems like the longest wait of Bob Breck's life. Months are condensed into minutes, now seconds, before the urologist tells him if the intense radiation used to attack his cancer worked.

Bob endured 43 radiation treatments over an eight-week period. He reported for treatments in the mornings, and rarely missed a broadcast at night.

On his last day of treatments, Bob celebrated but admitted that March day that the process had taken its toll.

"They tell you up front the last 10 or 15 treatments are going to be the most zappy and I didn't have that until the last five. I felt, not bad, just tired.

A Prostate Specific Antigen test, or PSA, will determine if Bob is winning his battle. It's sort of a final grade after all the hard work and treatments.

"Bob, it's time for us to chat," said Dr. Baum, calling Bob out of the waiting room.

"You know I'm a little nervous, doc," said Bob trying to smile to hide his apprehension.

Bob sat down behind Baum's desk, waiting for word of how he's doing.

"You've been an excellent patient, and you've done everything you were asked," the doctor said.

"We drew the blood and what does it tell you? Good or bad? I'm a big boy and I can handle it," said Bob, ready to get to the news.

"I'm here today to tell you that the results are perfect," Dr. Baum said, dragging out the good news with a smile.

Bob's PSA level was 0.1, meaning the cancer was undetectable.

Bob will repeat the PSA test every three to four months for several years. Dr. Baum is convinced Bob's public battle with prostate cancer possibly saved countless lives.

"Literally I have had hundreds of people who have seen your segment a few months ago and have stepped up to the plate to see their doctors," he said to Bob.

Dr. Baum said the impact and ripple effect has been astounding in the community.

"Catch it early, it's treatable.  If you let it go and deny you have issues. you could be in for trouble," Bob said as he left the office.