Early detection led to successful outcome for recent convert to Copeman Healthcare
Brad Watson, 58 years old and recently retired, describes himself as a generally healthy guy. So when his wife urged him to undergo an assessment with the Copeman Healthcare Centre in Calgary, there was no underlying health concern as far he was aware.
“Neither of us had noticed anything in particular,” he says. “She just thought it might be a good idea to get a more comprehensive look at my overall health. I’d heard positive things about Copeman and thought I’d might as well.”
Like all new Copeman patients, Brad underwent an initial prevention screen as part of the LifePlus Program, undertaking various tests and meeting with a family physician, dietitian, kinesiologist and family health nurse.
It was following one of those standard tests that his new Copeman physician, Dr. Siddiqui, noticed there was an increasing trend in his PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) levels.
“I told him that I’d recently had a free blood test through the ‘Man Van’ prostate awareness campaign at a local motorcycle show,” Brad recalls. “It had suggested my levels might be a bit high and that I should speak with my family doctor. But when I talked to my previous doctor about it he said previous tests and digital exams indicated things were OK and that he’d check it again in a year’s time.”
Upon delving further into Brad’s family history, Copeman’s Dr. Siddiqui decided that additional investigation was in fact warranted and set Brad up with an appointment with a urologist.
“I got in with the specialist, they did a biopsy and confirmed that I did indeed have prostate cancer,” says Brad.
Within a very short time, Brad underwent surgery to have his prostate removed. Post-surgery results showed that while there was a significant amount of cancer within the prostate itself, the disease had fortunately been contained.
“Following surgery my levels went down, and my six-month follow-ups have shown everything is fine,” says Brad. “I’ve been given a clean bill of health on that front, so that’s really good news.”
The right decision – the right kind of care
Brad says he feels fortunate that he made the switch to Copeman Healthcare when he did. And he can’t say enough about his treatment and how smoothly everything went.
“If I hadn’t done anything I’m sure that eventually my PSA levels would have indicated something was amiss, but who knows how long it would have taken for that to happen or how much the disease would have progressed in the meantime.
“With Copeman, an issue was identified and then dealt with quickly and efficiently. Everyone was so great through it all, explaining the process, answering my questions – Dr. Siddiqui even called me at home following my surgery to check in and see how I was doing. You just don’t see that kind of care very much these days.”
But that kind of care, he says, is typical of the way healthcare is done at Copeman. In fact, during a more recent trip to Asia, Brad noticed one of his moles had changed and looked a bit irregular. He emailed a picture of it to Dr. Siddiqui, who got back to him within 24 hours and had an appointment with a specialist set up for the day after Brad returned from his trip. A biopsy has since revealed that nothing sinister was at play.
“It’s that kind of attention that really stands out,” says Brad. “Everyone at Copeman responds swiftly and goes that extra mile to ensure your well-being is their top priority.