GRAND Magazine - March/April 2012 - (Page 34)

healthy grandparents Biopsy: I prostate cancer now what? fry, bake or cut? photo: © Mitchell By RICHARd J. AnTHony, SR. recently sent my urologist an anniversary card in appreciation for saving my life after I was diagnosed with prostate cancer ten years ago. “Mr. Anthony, I have the results of the biopsy. I’m afraid it’s positive. When would you like to schedule the surgery?” That was the jolting call I’d received from another urologist who, frankly, seemed a bit too eager to cut a straight line south of my navel. I never talked with him again. Instead, I devoted almost a year researching my options: radiation (fry it), seeds (bake it), surgery (cut it out) or nothing (hope for the best). It’s not that I’m that smart; I’m a coward. Even having blood drawn makes me very queasy. I’ve accepted it and am no longer embarrassed to request the pediatric needle as I extend my arm, Richard J. Anthony, sr., is the executive Vice President of GRAND Media and the author of organizations, People & effective Communication. 34 GRAND * look the other way and await the reassuring line “You’ll only feel a little pinch.” So I was in no hurry to agree to what, at that time, was considered one of the worst surgeries a male could have. Plus the pesky side effects: impotence and incontinence. Not either/or—they usually come as a set. According to the statistics at the time, chances were high that I would be afflicted with both, even in the hands of the best surgeons available. Not a happy prospect. But neither were the consequences of doing nothing in the hope that the cancer would progress slowly or not all. . . . Article continues here (+ video, important info, links)! Attention, GRANDdads! Have you been diagnosed with prostate cancer? Did you choose standard treatment or alternative medicine? How are you doing now? We hope you’re well! Please email GRAND and share your experiences. We’ll post as many as we can on on our Health & Wellness pages. MARCH APRIL 2012 Share this article with your friends.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - March/April 2012

GRAND – Mar/Apr 2012
Grand View
Safety Buzz: When in Doubt, Run!
Readers Write: Hair Balls and Shark Attacks . . .
Table of Contents
Grand Central
10 Things You Can Learn from Your Grandchildren
Blood & Money (book excerpt)
Grandparent Rights: Second Chance
Is a Prenup Right for You?
Ah, Tweet Mystery of Life
Memories of My Grandparents: Gram
Cover Story: Diane Ladd & Robert Charles Hunter
School Readiness: Wide-Eyed & Full of Wonder
Toys ’n Tech: Gadgets Galore!
Healthy Grandparents: Biopsy: Prostate Cancer
Healthy Grandkids: Smoothies
Bloom with Every Season

GRAND Magazine - March/April 2012

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