In memory of Robert Joseph Santaniello

This is the story of a courageous man whose battle with prostate cancer ended on June 2, 2014. Bob Santaniello was diagnosed in late 2008 and a prostatectomy was performed in March 2009. It was discovered during the post-op biopsy that the cancer had escaped the prostate bed. He began radiation immediately following surgery, and the disease was held at bay for three years with hormone-deprivation drug therapy. On June 4, 2013, Bob’s right arm suddenly broke, revealing that the cancer had spread to the bone. More radiation followed. In December 2013, Bob began a newly approved radiation therapy called Xofigo (Radium Di-Chloride 223). It was intended to relieve the bone pain and afford him more quality-of-life time. Unfortunately, he could only complete five of the six treatments before his blood counts were compromised. It was discovered during a hospital stay for transfusions that the cancer progressed to the bone marrow. From there, the disease quickly metastasized to other organs, including the brain.

Although Bob may have lost the battle, he won many hearts along the way. We believe that his story is not over. Bob touched many lives and we wish his legacy to continue so that other men and their families do not have to suffer the pain and heartache of prostate cancer.

Terms to know from this article:

Prostatectomy

An operation to remove part or all of the prostate. Radical (or total) prostatectomy is the removal of the entire prostate and some of the tissue around it.

Biopsy

The removal of cells or tissues for examination under a microscope. When only a sample of tissue is removed, the procedure is called an incisional biopsy or core biopsy. When an entire lump or suspicious area is removed, the procedure is called an excisional biopsy. When a sample of tissue or fluid is removed with a needle, the procedure is called a needle biopsy or fine-needle aspiration.

Hormone

A chemical made by glands in the body. Hormones circulate in the bloodstream and control the actions of certain cells or organs. Some hormones can also be made in a laboratory.