Newswire (Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 10:56:00 AM CDT, Received: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 10:56:56 AM CDT)
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Matthews’ temporary replacement
It might take more than a few. Most men take six to eight weeks to recover from “radical prostatectomy” -- the removal of the prostate gland, said
Both surgery and radiation can be curative for men with cancer that is confined to the prostate. The five-year survival rate for men whose cancer has not spread to distant parts of the body is almost 100%, according to the
Details of Matthews’ diagnosis have not been released, but at 73, the outspoken commentator is beyond the age that expert guidelines recommend routine prostate cancer screening with the PSA blood test.
However, the AUA also says some men over age 70 “who are in excellent health may benefit from prostate cancer screening.” The only chronic health problem Matthews has disclosed is diabetes -- a disease that Kutikov said is common among older men diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Three years ago, when 50-year-old actor
Given the harms of prostate cancer treatment -- a low risk of incontinence and a high risk of erectile dysfunction -- the urologists’ group recommends men ages 55 to 69 consider screening after discussing the pros and cons with their doctor.
Will Matthews’ choice of surgery hold sway with older men confronting a diagnosis? Kutikov, who believes radiation is an excellent option for such men, hopes not.
“Sometimes when celebrities choose one option over another, readers think that’s the best option,” he said. “I would urge people to do their due diligence."
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