Congressman Neugebauer comfortably resting after surgery - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/30/09

Congressman Neugebauer comfortably resting after surgery

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By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Congressman Randy Neugebauer is resting after a successful surgery to remove his prostate gland. The 19th District Congressman announced Wednesday morning that he is being treated for prostate cancer.

Congressman Neugebauer is resting comfortably in a Baltimore hospital after a two and a half hour surgery. Doctors caught his prostate cancer in the early stages back in August during an annual physical and he's urging all men starting in their 40's to get checked. "Doctors noticed his PSA levels were high so he went in for a biopsy and they did determine he has prostate cancer," says Michelle Ozanus, Neugebauer's press secretary. 

"Our representative was smart doing it early. They found it early and one way to truly cure it is with surgery," says Urologist Dr. Allan Haynes with Texas Tech Health Science Center.

Dr. Haynes says routine checks like the one Congressman Neugebauer had can be life saving. "These days it's an extremely curable cancer if we catch it early. Probably the biggest key to detection is a PSA test," adds Dr. Haynes. A PSA test is just one of the tests that led to Neugebauer's diagnosis.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. One in every six men will be diagnosed and this year alone nearly 200,000 will be diagnosed with the disease.

Dr. Haynes urges men starting in their 40's to get screened for prostate cancer and so does Congressman Neugebauer. "He really urges everyone to have an annual physical because this is how he was able to identify he has prostate cancer," says Ozanus.

The Congressman's office says the support the 19th district has shown for him has been incredible. "Our office has had a ton of calls and emails. He has a Facebook page and there have been numerous posts so across the board we've had a ton of support," adds Ozanus.

Congressman Neugebauer is expected to make a complete recovery. He'll stay in the hospital a couple of days but his staff says they expect him back soon. "He'll work from home starting next week but I wouldn't put it past him to see his face in the office sometime next week," says Ozanus from Washington, D.C.

The Congressman and his wife want to thank everyone across the 19th district for their thoughtful words and prayers.

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