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Famous Men With Prostate Cancer.

The list of men who have had prostate cancer is a long one. This list is not exhaustive, but we are adding to it all the time.

Marion Barry: He was successfully treated in 1995.

Harry Belafonte: He was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer in 1996 and successfully treated. He is now a prostate cancer advocate, raising awareness of the disease in men.

Bill Bixby: Diagnosed in 1991. He succumbed to the disease on November 21, 1993.

James Brown: The Godfather of Soul was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004 but survived. He died of heart failure in 2006.

Robert DeNiro: The Academy Award winner was diagnosed with early-stage cancer in 2003 at the age of 60. He has kept details of his treatment private. His father died of prostate cancer at the age of 71.

Sen. Bob Dole: Diagnosed in 1991 and successfully treated, he became an outspoken prostate cancer advocate. He became a spokesperson for Viagra because of the problems prostate cancer survivors often experience with erectile dysfunction.

Louis Farrakhan: Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991. In 1994, he received brachytherapy seed implants. In 1999, he had a near-death experience caused by complications from radiation therapy. In 2003, he founded the Louis Farrakhan Prostate Cancer Foundation. In January 2007 he underwent 12-hour abdominal surgery to correct problems from the 1994 seed implant surgery.

Robert Frost: The poet was diagnosed in 1962, had a radical prostatectomy the same year, and died in 1963.

Rudy Giuliani: The former New York City mayor was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2000 and had surgery to implant radioactive seeds in September 2000. Giuliani's father died from prostate cancer in 1981 at the age of 73.

Robert Goulet: Diagnosed in 1993 at the age of 60 after a routine blood test for insurance purposes, Goulet underwent a radical prostatectomy and is now free of prostate cancer. He has remained an outspoken prostate cancer advocate.

Merv Griffin: Diagnosed in 2000 at the age of 75 and underwent 7 weeks of radiation therapy.

Alec Guinness: While battling glaucoma, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2000. In July 2000, he was diagnosed with advanced liver cancer and died a month later on August 5, 2000.

Langston Hughes: Died on May 22, 1967 at the age of 65 after complications from abdominal surgery related to prostate cancer.

John Kerry: The former presidential candidate was diagnosed in late 2002 with early-stage prostate cancer and had successful nerve-sparing prostate cancer surgery in 2003. Kerry's father died of prostate cancer in 2000 at the age of 85.

Timothy Leary: The 1960s counterculture icon died from the disease in 1996 at the age of 75.

Phil Lesh : The Grateful Dead bassist announced that he was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer in October 2006.

Nelson Mandela: Diagnosed in 2001 with early-stage cancer. He underwent seven weeks of radiotherapy and made a full recovery.

Roger Moore: The former 007 was successfully treated with surgery in 1993.

Pablo Neruda: Died of the disease in 1973 at the age of 69.

Laurence Olivier: Diagnosed in 1967 and underwent radiation treatment that successfully eradicated the cancer.

Jerry Orbach: The Law and Order star died from the disease in Dec. 28, 2004 at the age of 69.

Linus Pauling: The Nobel Prize winner was diagnosed in 1991 at the age of 90 and died of the disease in 1994.

Colin Powell: In 2003, he underwent surgery for early-stage prostate cancer and made a full recovery.

Johnny Ramone: The Ramones guitarist died in 2004 at the age of 55 after a five-year battle with the disease.

Telly Savalas: The "Kojak" star died of the disease in 1994 at the age of 70.

Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf: Diagnosed in 1993 and underwent successful surgery.

Pierre Elliot Trudeau: The Prime Minister of Canada died of prostate cancer in 2000 at the age of 80.

Bishop Desmond Tutu: Diagnosed after a routine exam in 1996. He was treated in the United States with hormone therapy and radiation.

Earl Woods: Tiger Woods' father was diagnosed in 1998 and successfully treated with radiation, but the cancer returned more aggressively in 2004. Woods died on May 3, 2006 at the age of 74.

Frank Zappa: Died of complications from the disease on December 4, 1993 at the age of 52.

by Anonymousreply 1104/25/2013

My father died at 87 of prostate cancer which he was aware of for 14 years before death. I did tons of research on the subject during his bout, and the most salient point to know is that any urologist will tell you that all men who live to be 75+ will die with prostate cancer. They do not die FROM prostate cancer though, as a rule. Most docs are really questioning the PSA tests now, because elevated counts tend to lead to unnecessary procedures. The only men who need to have radical orchiectomies are those who find they have it under the age of 55, given the fact that once you've had one, you can not have normal sex; and, the disease progresses so slowly, you are likely to die of something else first. My dad had the radiation, but would not give up his nads.

by Anonymousreply 104/21/2013

Urologists say ejaculating 20 times a month is a preventive for prostrate problems later in life.

by Anonymousreply 204/22/2013

I could use a friend to check my prostate for me, make sure it is there, make sure it is really, really, really...ohhh...ohhhhh! Ohhhhh!! THERRRRREeee!

by Anonymousreply 304/22/2013

[R2] is correct. Also, massaging the balls has a beneficial effect.

Also, if your PSA is very high, or if you have already been diagnosed with PC, there are certain supplements that you should NOT take as the "feed" the cancer.

Eating an apple's worth of apple seeds daily is a wonderful way to help fend of cancer cells in the body. They contain a minute amount of cyanide(you will notice this as they taste of almonds)which serves as a natural and benign source of "chemotherapy".

by Anonymousreply 404/22/2013

Robert Goulet hardly has remained an advocate, since he's been dead for six years.

Cutting and pasting an old something or other, OP?

It is a truism that all men develop prostate cancer if they live long enough. In many cases - in contradiction to the active, spreading variants that kill so many men - the malignancy does not cause significant problems and the man dies of other causes before the prostate cancer is an issue. Non-treatment and watchful waiting is recommended often with older men. There also are recent studies that suggest that intervention actually leads to worse outcomes, all in all, because of complications of surgery.

I don't think I would be able to accept a "wait and see" approach - I don't think the typing and staging is at an advanced level of accuracy to indicate who can relax (somewhat) and who needs to take immediate action. Of course the silence of the disorder for many cases means that it's not discovered until it has spread from its original site. Very unsettling, with the status of diagnoses even today.

by Anonymousreply 504/22/2013

OP forgot to add R5 to the list.

by Anonymousreply 604/22/2013

[quote]Sen. Bob Dole: Diagnosed in 1991 and successfully treated, he became an outspoken prostate cancer advocate. He became a spokesperson for Viagra because of the problems prostate cancer survivors often experience with erectile dysfunction.

I'm sure that wife of his had nothing to do with it.

by Anonymousreply 704/22/2013

Wait just one f...king minute - you forgot ME!!!! (successfully treated 2009.)

by Anonymousreply 804/22/2013

What in God's name is a "prostate cancer advocate"? I didn't think that anyone advocated prostate cancer.

by Anonymousreply 904/23/2013

Paula Poundstone

by Anonymousreply 1004/23/2013

If you get fucked, dudes, without a prostate, you don't feel anything down there.

by Anonymousreply 1104/25/2013
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