Patient Stories

Oncology Patient

“ His story could have ended differently. We made sure that it didn't. ”

John Guarracino's prostate cancer diagnosis came just three days before Christmas. His biopsy results revealed that 75% of his prostate was infected with the cancer. John contemplated seeking treatment in Westchester or Manhattan, but after speaking with his urologist, Dr. Praneeth Vemulapalli, and hearing about the advanced technologies of the daVinci Robotic Surgery at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, he looked no further for his treatment. So John had the surgery and all the cancer was removed. During his recovery, John was never in any significant amount of pain. The next day he was out of the hospital. It only took about two months before he was 100% back to full activity, spending time with his wife, watching his grandchildren and playing golf. Best of all, today John can say proudly that he is cancer free. As for his doctor, Mr. Guarracino says, "Dr. Vemulapalli, I can't say enough about him. Excellent surgeon. He saved my life."