Sibs Unite Through Ops & Downs


New York Daily News
Sibs unite through ops & downs
Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Brooklyn brothers William and David Miller have reached many of life's milestones together. As kids growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, they bowled in the same league at the former Fisk Simmons Lanes in Crown Heights.

hey played in the same neighborhood softball and basketball games. They both got married in 1975 - and had their first-born sons a month apart. Today, the two brothers have become each other's life-support systems when both were diagnosed with prostate cancer.

"My brother was doing his checkup and I was doing mine. We didn't know we were doing it at the same time," said David Miller, 56, of East New York, an administrator at St. Paul's Community Baptist Church in East New York.

William Miller, 58, of Mill Basin found out a week later he had prostate cancer. At that point, the brothers decided to have their surgeries at the same time. The problem was that David's doctor didn't take his brother's insurance. "So I looked for a doctor that would take both our insurance plans," said William Miller, a nurse at Kings County Hospital.

They found Dr. David Samadi of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, who performed the two surgeries the same day in March.

"This is a unique story," said Samadi. "You never hear of two brothers diagnosed the same time who have the same surgery with the same doctor."

During recovery, the Miller brothers stayed in the same room sharing each other's reactions both physical and emotional.

"We were able to talk about the surgery," said David.

"There is no question they helped each other during recovery," said Samadi.

"Emotionally, it was great because they could see each other go through the same thing, giving them both a comfort level."

Today, they are cancer-free and still keep tabs on each other.

"The surgery really brought us together," said William.

Originally published on November 7, 2006

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J. Newman

I am pleased and proud to add my comments to the patients list of success stories. I had been affected by BPH (growing prostate) for 10 years.

M. M., New York, USA

"My surgery consisted of arriving at the hospital on Monday morning, surgery shortly after and going home the next day. I could not believe how good I felt".

V. S., Spain

My story is surely the same as hundreds of patients that have gone before me, and hundreds more than will come after me. I feel, however, an uncontrollable desire to tell this story, hoping it helps someone who is in the same situation that I was and that they find it inspirational enough to make a decision that will help them feel reborn...

J. Barrie, Moscow, Russian Federation

When I chose Dr. Samadi to do my surgery, it was both as a result of personal recommendations and the fact that he had performed over 900 of these procedures and had mastered them."