Patient’s Passion for Classic Cars Reignited After Robotic Surgery

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One man’s determination to find the best surgery option for prostate cancer got him back into his active lifestyle and on the road showing off his classic car. He shares his experience to help others.

David Bauer’s typically active and passion-fueled lifestyle — including traveling to teach grant writing at universities across the country with his wife and business partner and showing off his 1965 Austin Healey at Hot August Nights —  was uncertain when he discovered he had prostate cancer.

After a routine test showing his Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) levels were elevated, David learned from a specialist in Carson City he had cancer.


The Reno author, who has written 18 books with his wife, had numerous lectures and vacations planned and thought he would have to put his passions and lifestyle on hold while undergoing treatment.

However, after he was given his options for surgery, he chose da Vinci Surgery with Dr. Angelo Kanellos because of the benefits — faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay, less pain and scarring after surgery.

David and his wife, who once was a hospital administrator, had high expectations for being cared for. 

“Because of the da Vinci surgery, I was only in the hospital for one day. I couldn’t tell you how they could have made it more comfortable or with a better outcome. They made you feel special,” he says.

Two weeks after surgery, David was back to his active lifestyle, camping with family at Lake Tahoe. He attributes his good health to regular exercise and expert care from the entire medical team.

Today, he is looking forward to showing off his classic car at Hot August Nights, especially after learning he is now cancer-free. We’ve captured David and his wife at the Circus-Circus pre-show with their roaring-fast classic car.

“You better have your hands on the steering wheel and pointed in the direction when you are ready to go,” David says.  

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