His doctor happened to be urologic oncologist Dr. Jason L. Letran.
was diagnosed with renal tumor in both of his
kidneys in September 2010.
When Poch and Dr. Letran
were discussing the details of his
second operation, Dr. Letran
had Poch's PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) levels checked.
The test showed Poch's PSA level was high.
During the rectal exam, Dr. Letran
also felt a bump or an abnormality prompting him to order a biopsy.
The result of the biopsy revealed he
had prostate cancer.
After a thorough discussion of the treatment options, Poch decided to undergo robotic assisted radical prostatectomy.
Poch recalled how relaxed he
was when preparing for his
"Because it was going to be a robotic assisted surgery, I knew it would be painless so I didn't worry about the pain that normally accompanies surgeries," he
was discharged less than a week after the procedure.
Having attended several robotics courses abroad, Dr. Letran
is one of the few surgeons in the Philippines certified to perform robotic surgeries.
In fact, he
and several other surgeons from TMC
form the most experienced group of Filipino robotic surgeons to date.
True to TMC's multidisciplinary approach to health care, Dr. Letran performed the surgery with patient-site partner Dr. Enrique Ian Lorenzo, a urologist, who is also trained in robotic assisted surgery.
was referred to Poch by a good friend.
"I barely knew Dr. Letran
but I put my life in his
No regrets for Poch.
has all the qualities a patient looks for in a doctor", says Poch.
assisted Dr. Letran
during the operation.