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Famous and interesting men with prostate cancer.

John Mchugh "prostatediaries"
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?"
Frank Zappa - Personality Poster (Size: 24'' x 36'')
Frank Zappa - Personality Poster (Size: 24'' x 36'')
"Diagnosed with prostate cancer in his 50's and died within three years.  " Don't eat the yellow snow.""
The Decision: Your prostate biopsy shows cancer. Now what?: Medical insight, personal stories, and humor by a urologist who has been where you are now.
The Decision: Your prostate biopsy shows cancer. Now what?: Medical insight, personal stories, and humor by a urologist who has been where you are now.
"A urologist with his own disease. Okay...I'm not famous but I maybe interesting."
Love In Time
Love In Time
"Diagnosed with prostate cancer in his fifties and died within three years. When I started college in 1973 his 8-track ( I believe it was Souvenirs) was one of the three 8-tracks I had at the time."
BILL BIXBY 8X10 COLOR PHOTO
BILL BIXBY 8X10 COLOR PHOTO
"The " Incredible Hulk," and "My Favorite Martian" star. Diagnosed in his fifties and died within three years. Quote: “The only way to grow is to risk failure. Be unique! Not a copy! I'd rather be copied.”"
The Road Not Taken and Other Poems (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Road Not Taken and Other Poems (Dover Thrift Editions)
"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."
Leadership
Leadership
"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."
James Brown: The Godfather of Soul
James Brown: The Godfather of Soul
"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"
Bridging The Gap
Bridging The Gap
"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."
LAURENCE OLIVIER 16X20 B&W PHOTO
LAURENCE OLIVIER 16X20 B&W PHOTO
"Voted 14 th best actor of all time, married Vivian Leigh and died " with prostate cancer and not of it." Treated with radiation therapy."
The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008
The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008
"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."
Flashback
Flashback
"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."
Metastasis of Prostate Cancer (Cancer Metastasis - Biology and Treatment)
Metastasis of Prostate Cancer (Cancer Metastasis - Biology and Treatment)
"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."
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out
"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."
His Father's Son: Earl and Tiger Woods
His Father's Son: Earl and Tiger Woods
"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."
Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead
Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead
"Bass player for the Grateful dead. Had a liver transplant and then later found to have early stage prostate cancer because of an elevated PSA. He had his prostate removed in December 2006."
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics)
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics)
"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."
A Golfer's Life
A Golfer's Life
"He had his removed in 1997."
Long Walk to Freedom: With Connections (HRW Library)
Long Walk to Freedom: With Connections (HRW Library)
"Diagnosed in 2001 and reportedly had radiation therapy."
Serious
Serious
"Okay, he doesn't have prostate cancer, but his father does. John McEnroe has become a very advocate of prostate cancer awareness...so he counts."
Joe Torre's Ground Rules for Winners: 12 Keys to Managing Team Players, Tough Bosses, Setbacks, and Success
Joe Torre's Ground Rules for Winners: 12 Keys to Managing Team Players, Tough Bosses, Setbacks, and Success
"Diagnosed at age 58 in 1999. Had the prostate removed in St.Louis by Dr. Catalona.Found early with good report on pathology."
Stan the Man: The Life and Times of Stan Musial
Stan the Man: The Life and Times of Stan Musial
"Treated with surgery and then later had radiation. This usually means the PSA began to rise. He was 70 at the time of diagnosis in 1989. He was indeed, "Stan the Man.""
Analyze This / Analyze That (Double Feature) [Blu-ray]
Analyze This / Analyze That (Double Feature) [Blu-ray]
"Don't know much about his disease or treatment. He kept it quite at first....like I did."
My American Journey
My American Journey
"Diagnosed and treated in 2003. Had his prostate removed at age 66."
Very Best of Harry Belafonte
Very Best of Harry Belafonte
"Diagnosed at age 69 and had the prostate removed. He has been a tireless advocate of prostate cancer awareness."
In the Name of Elijah Muhammad: Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam (The C. Eric Lincoln Series on the Black Experience)
In the Name of Elijah Muhammad: Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam (The C. Eric Lincoln Series on the Black Experience)
"Diagnosed in 1991 and treated for prostate cancer in 1994 with radioactive seeds. He had complications years after the radiation requiring other surgical procedures."
It Doesn't Take a Hero : The Autobiography of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
It Doesn't Take a Hero : The Autobiography of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
"Diagnosed in 1993 and had the prostate removed surgically."
TELLY SAVALAS 11X14 COLOR PHOTO
TELLY SAVALAS 11X14 COLOR PHOTO
"Diagnosed in 1991 and died with metastatic disease to bone around three years later. He was 74 and died one day after his birthday. He was Jennifer Aniston's godfather."
The Taste for Living Cookbook: Mike Milken's Favorite Recipes for Fighting Cancer
The Taste for Living Cookbook: Mike Milken's Favorite Recipes for Fighting Cancer
""Junk Bond King" and diagnosed in 1993 with reportedly prostate cancer that had already spread to lymph nodes. Founded Prostate Cancer Foundation-the largest in the world and serves on its board."
Brooks Robinson "Human Vacuum Cleaner" Diving Photograph
Brooks Robinson "Human Vacuum Cleaner" Diving Photograph
"The " Human Vacuum Cleaner " Brooks Robinson diagnosed in 2009 and underwent external beam radiation at age 71."
A Gathering of Old Men/Resting Place
A Gathering of Old Men/Resting Place
"Academy award winning actor, Louis Gossett Jr. was diagnosed with early prostate cancer in Feb. of 2010. Had "extensive treatment" and now an advocate of education about prostate cancer."
Get Clark Smart: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Rich From America's Money-Saving Expert
Get Clark Smart: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Rich From America's Money-Saving Expert
"Diagnosed at an early age and in an early stage and currently pursuing active surveillance therapy."
Polka Time: 20 of the Best
Polka Time: 20 of the Best
"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."
Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War
Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War
"Diagnosed at age 59 in 2003 and found the disease early. Had prostate removed at John's Hopkins in Baltimore by "The Man" Patrick Walsh."
How to Live Longer and Feel Better
How to Live Longer and Feel Better
"Linus Pauling:Advocate of Vit C and winner of two Nobel Prizes. Died in 1994 after being diagnosed in 1991. He was 93."
Alec Guinness Collection (Kind Hearts and Coronets / The Lavender Hill Mob / The Man With the White Suit / The Captain's Paradise / The Ladykillers)
Alec Guinness Collection (Kind Hearts and Coronets / The Lavender Hill Mob / The Man With the White Suit / The Captain's Paradise / The Ladykillers)
"Died in 2000 at age 86. Was in Star Wars as Obi-Wan-Kenobi and Bridge over the River Kwai."
Great Political Wit: Laughing (Almost) All the Way to the White House
Great Political Wit: Laughing (Almost) All the Way to the White House
"Presidential candidate and WWII hero as well as U.S. senator."
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