February 07, 2018
Dr. Bud Murphey wants patients to learn from his experience with early prostate cancer detection.
By Madison Loethen
Nathaniel “Bud” Murphey, MD, of Boone Medical Group Ashland is well known in his community and is loved dearly by his patients. He has practiced medicine for more than 35 years in mid-Missouri and has been in Ashland for over 20 years. While he’s known for caring for the health of many, some may not know that the doctor recently overcame a major health scare himself.
Dr. Murphey has a family history of prostate cancer, so he knew he had an elevated risk of developing the disease. He made sure to get regular prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests.
A PSA test is a blood test that screens for a protein produced by both cancerous and non-cancerous tissue in the prostate. If a patient’s PSA levels are high, prostate cancer could be a reason.
“My tests always came back a little bit high, but then, over a period of six months it increased dramatically, and we knew what the problem probably was,” says Dr. Murphey.
Dr. Murphey was treated at Urology Associates of Central Missouri by Michael Cupp, MD.
“The PSA test, while imperfect, is still our best tool for early prostate cancer detection. Many of the weaknesses of the test are being actively addressed, and we continue to recommend intelligent use of PSA testing,” says Dr. Cupp.
Dr. Murphey underwent biopsies after receiving his results, which confirmed he did have prostate cancer.
“I just thought, ‘Rats. We have to fix it,’” says Dr. Murphey.