I had planned my next blog to be Part 2 of my piece on weightlifting, but the following information is so important, that I have decided to post this now – the subject is prostate cancer:
This is an important read (URL to the article is below) for all men (and the women who love them for that matter) considering the fact that 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. I remember when a friend of mine and fellow new-hire pilot at Eastern Airlines was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years ago. To him, his Gleason score and PSA readings were irrelevant. As he stated it, “I just want this out of my body.” He underwent a robotic radical prostatectomy, and as he now describes his once active sex life, “It’s like trying to make love with a rope.” Another good friend of mine, being worth about 75 million dollars sought out the best (so he thought) medical advice and surgeons available and decided on Brachytherapy in which the prostate gland is seeded with radiation pellets. He utilized the same surgeon that Mayor Rudy Guiliani of New York utilized when he was treated for the disease. Everything was fine for about 7 years, but somehow it slipped through the cracks that one of the side-effects of that procedure is that incontinence often rears its ugly head years after the procedure. He now wears a diaper.
An alternative to surgery is active surveillance. John Hopkins Hospital is the top of the food chain for anything to do with prostate cancer. That is where the nerve sparing radical prostatectomy was first developed by Dr. Patrick Walsh, an absolute rockstar in the world of prostate cancer. They are now the leaders of the pack in the movement towards less surgical intervention and more active surveillance. The important read that I alluded to is this:
For more information on the subject of prostate cancer, be sure to read a blog I posted on the Growing Bolder website some time ago: