September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The awareness campaign holds a special meaning for a Central Texas pastor diagnosed with the disease.
Pastor Rick Cundieff leads the First Baptist Church in Llano. He's right where he wants to be in front of the congregation thanks to cryotherapy.
Ten years ago he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the same time his wife was fighting cancer.
"It was pretty scary at first," said Cundieff. At the time, ten years ago, his biggest concern was breaking the news to his children both their parents were fighting cancer.
Cundieff looked into his options. "I have a doctor in my church, not a urologist, who told me it's a good thing to look into," said Cundieff. He turned to cryotherapy which freezes the cancerous tissue.
Now at 60, he got the news that his cancer is back.
"There was the cancer again but 10 years is good as far as I'm concerned so I said let's do this again," said Cundieff.
"Cryotherapy is death by freezing so we are freezing to death tissues," said Dr. Eric Geisler who works at The Urology Team.
Dr. Geisler cares for Cundieff. The cryotherapy may not be the treatment for every patient but that's where the experts come in. Giesler says it's worked very well for Cundieff.
"We know freezing works. It's getting it to the right target and now technology has enabled us to have that precision," said Geisler.
A simple blood test during a yearly check up caught Cundieff's elevated PSA level.
"What I tell my guys is listen to the check engine light. If it's normal then we keep moving," said Geisler.
Cundieff's second cryotherapy treatment was a success. Thanks to the treatment it's back to the pulpit for this pastor.