I’m Hank, and this is my healing place.
An avid surfer, paddle-boarder and fisherman, 60-year old Hank Mielke was so fit, he almost
skipped the checkup that saved his life! During Hank’s prostate exam, his doctor found a suspicious
lump. It turned out to be a rare, aggressive prostate tumor. Marin General Hospital’s multidisciplinary
team of prostate cancer specialists worked with Hank to craft a treatment plan that balanced his
personal priorities with cutting-edge care. Hank underwent delicate, robotic-assisted surgery
to remove his prostate, while preserving the nerves needed for continence and sexual function.
The surgery was followed by carefully planned radiation and hormonal therapy. Hank describes
the seamless, collaborative care he received at Marin General Hospital as “first-class treatment,
all the way.” With his cancer in remission, Hank is out of the woods – and back in the water.
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