The list author says: "I was shocked when I first learned that Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer. I thought at the time, even though I was in medical school, that prostate cancer occurred in older men and that people did not die of it often. His story intrigued me, I don't know, maybe the fame, the fact that I had heard his albums growing up, that he died so young and quickly,or that you don't think of famous people getting the mundane diseases. The other thing is how some of these famous people were diagnosed at an early age and too late and then died soon, many in their prime. On my blog, theprostatedecision.wordpress.com , the most common search is " famous men with prostate cancer" so it must intrigue others as well. I have tried to include men with an interesting story in one way or another and I have added a bit about what I feel the medical situation was with the disease i.e. " the good kind or the bad kind." (Patients often choose a treatment that suits their lifestyle or domestic situation at the time. Prostate cancer is funny that way.) I even put me in the list, I'm sorry.... call it poetic license. I hope you enjoy. Googling the history of each is very interesting, I personally enjoyed reading about each for this list. For instance, James Brown performed for a time in Toccoa, Ga. That's 40 miles north of my home and when we'd go to the beach from Augusta, Ga we'd pass Beech Island, S.C. which is where he is from. I like inter-related history...like the reference to Phil Spector and Johnny Ramone. The same for Olivier and Leigh and my mother seeing "Gone with the Wind" at its opening in Atlanta, Ga as a high school student from LaGrange, Ga. History is soooo good. Be sure to search youtube for Monkhouse...one funny guy and the joke he tells on himself and dying of prostate cancer is poignant.
Ps. Does it look like to you that Mr. Zappa is making some sort of commentary about my book?"
"The " Incredible Hulk," and "My Favorite Martian" star. Diagnosed in his fifties and died within three years. Quote: ÂThe only way to grow is to risk failure. Be unique! Not a copy! I'd rather be copied.Â"
"Diagnosed late in life with prostate cancer. An example of someone that " died with it, not of it." The poem, "The road not taken" speaks to the heart of "The Decision" of what to do with newly diagnosed prostate cancer and the frustrations and second-guessing. The road not taken or less traveled is not necessarily the right one."
"His diagnosis came near the height of his political career. This is an example of someone choosing a therapy that both manages the disease and accommodates the necessities of his career. He chose radioactive seeds which is an over night procedure with no incision and and only a limited time with a catheter."
"Treated for prostate cancer late in life, probably cryotherapy or brachytherapy, and died of other causes. He loved Elvis. I passed his house in Augusta, Ga often when I was a resident there. I have some interesting quotes and history regarding James Brown at my blog...theprostatedecision.wordpress.com search James Brown"
"Diagnosed in 2009 and had radioactive seeds. Has been a wonderful advocate of prostate cancer awareness. An example of a someone having regular check-ups and finding a problem in it's treatable phase. So Un-Zappa."
"Diagnosed in Feb. 2009 and because of a parachuting injury requiring plates and screws to his pelvis he was not a good candidate for surgery and had external beam radiation. He kept the diagnosis secret and disclosed it after the treatment and an initial good PSA at about five months from the diagnosis."
"When he wrote and produced "Easy Rider," which earned $40 million on a $380,000 budget and launched Jack Nicholson. Hopper was diagnosed of prostate cancer in October of 2009 and died the day I made this list. I was looking for his history and found his obituary instead."
"Ablin first discovered the antigen PSA, others developed the test that is commonly used today. Ablin's latest claim to fame is an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times saying that he wished he'd never discovered it. His father died of prostate cancer one year after the diagnosis."
"Advocate of intellectual use of LSD. John Lennon wrote " Come Together" for him. He was diagnosed in 1995 and died around a year later. It is said his prostate cancer was terminal at the time it was found out."
"Broke the color barrier playing baseball in Kansas, a Green Beret, and of course...his son. Diagnosed and treated with radiation in 1998, the disease returned with metastasis in 2004 and he died in 2006."
"Died in 1967 of "complications related to prostate cancer surgery." I can't find the specific medical procedure, but in 1967 a prostatectomy was a very risky and bloody procedure. This particular procedure has come along way since then."
"Michael Vinecki, who was in the Versatones, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer , sarcomatoid adenocarcinoma, and died 10 months later at age 40. His daughter, Winter, participates in "Athletes for a Cure" and has raised thousands of dollars for prostate cancer research."