Fleisher Optimistic After Further Prostate Testing


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Following further medical tests July 2 in Miami, former Senior PGA Tour Player of the Year Bruce Fleisher said he expects to be cleared of possible prostate cancer and plans to return to the tour next week for the Ford Senior Players Championship.
Fleisher, 53, underwent a biopsy under the supervision of Dr. Floyd Seskin at a private Miami office and while final test results are not due back for a week, preliminary indications are that an elevated Protein Specific Antigen (PSA) number discovered June 12 shows no indications that prostate cancer is present.
Fleishers personal physician, Dr. John Parente, believes the tests will confirm the absence of prostate cancer.
Physicians at Vanderbilt University, said Parente, examined Fleisher, and because of a rise in his PSA from 2.5 to 3.7 a biopsy was recommended. Although that number is within the normal PSA range for a person his age, said Parente, the sudden elevation in the PSA number showed a need for biopsy.
He has no symptoms at all and it was an exercise in relieving his mind, said Parente. I think it will all be negative.
In the eight biopsy's there were no shadows or no dark spots indicating anything serious. There was nothing on a visual examination either. I think he will be all right.
Parente said that assuming there is no pathology report of cancer, which will be forthcoming next week, doctors would allow Fleisher to resume his Senior PGA Tour career.
Fleisher is relieved.
This, Fleisher said of the additional testing, plays it very safe. If nothing else, it made people aware that they need testing.
The stress of possible prostate cancer weighed heavily on Fleishers mind as he tried to defend his 2001 U.S. Senior Open title last week in Baltimore, Md. He failed to make the cut.
Theres no reason why I shouldnt be able to play at Ford, said Fleisher of the Senior PGA Tours fourth and final major of the year in Dearborn, Mich.
Ill rest most of the week, but Im absolutely relieved at the indications.
In his Senior PGA Tour career, Fleisher, a resident of Ballen Isles, Fla., has won 14 times and earned nearly $8.3 million. He ranks ninth on the all-time money list and is sixth on the 2002 Senior PGA Tour money list with $989,691 in earnings in 18 events.
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