September 12, 2016
Dr. Philip Ndum, MD
Dr. Ndum practices at the Florida Cancer Specialists Palm Coast office at Florida Hospital. He will speak with us about his experiences as a physician as well as a cancer survivor.
He is originally from Cameroon, Africa. In 2011, after three years of hard work and unfailing dedication, Dr. Ndum and his wife succeeded in building and opening the first-ever health clinic in his home village of Ndebaya in Cameroon. He returns at least once a year to pro-vide free medical care to residents. Dr. Ndum was recognized by the Flagler County Rotary Club with a Service Award, one of its highest honors. Since 2009, he has served as Co-Chair of the Cancer Committee for Florida Hospital, and from 2008 - 2013, he also was Hospice Director for the hospital.
He is married with three children and his interests include writing poetry and songs and playing guitar.
I was diagnosed in 2012 with prostate cancer. The urologist wanted to do surgery right away to remove the prostate, fortunately for me he was called by the medical board to do an internship in a town located about 250 miles from where we were lived. (He was from Mexico and was in the United States to revalidate his license.)
I wasn’t interested in driving such a long distance for treatment so we made the decision to leave things as they were until we moved from Kansas to Missouri in the beginning of 2013. At that time we found a very good urologist. He advised me to “take a wait and see” approach, and since I didn’t have any symptoms, I agreed with him.
July 2013 we moved to Palm Coast and I started with Dr. Jeffrey Dann as my urologist. My bloodwork revealed that my PSA was 17. Dr. Dann recommended that I start a hormone treatment called Lupron. To this point this treatment has worked for me and my PSA has stayed at a steady 0.2. I will continue this treatment until it no longer works.
Everyone is different and it depends very much on a person’s attitude as to the kind of results you will get. Personally, I am always very positive and most days I do not think about cancer. I just keep praying and living my life as normal as possible.
I attend The Walk On Cancer Support Group and Florida Hospital’s Prostate Cancer Support Group each month. I like to encourage people to stay positive, to continue to pray and join a group for support.
ALWAYS REMEMBER: do not underestimate the power of prayer and always keep a positive attitude, IT COULD BE WORSE!
There is a saying, I complained about how much my feet hurt until I saw a man without feet.