Dr. Drew Reveals Secret Two-Year Battle With Prostate Cancer
This Tuesday, the HLN host revealed on his personal blog that he is a cancer survivor after fighting the disease for the past years, writing:
While many of you were celebrating the Fourth of July, I was at home on my couch recovering from a radical robotic prostatectomy. Four hours of surgery had left me in great pain, without an appetite, and in need of help from my college-age son, Jordan, to get up and lie down. But I was cancer-free for the first time in at least two years.The American board-certified internist added that he wanted to open up personally to shed light on the matter and encourage men to get check-ups regularly.
Prostate cancer is a stealth disease. It rarely announces its presence. It can simmer for a long time without coming to a boil. A low-grade tumor can remain just that, for a very long time.
“Why am I telling you this? I want you to hear it from me. Not from the Internet. Not from a gossip column. Not from someone who doesn’t know me,” he continued. “And I want to make you aware. Men, you are likely to get prostate cancer. The odds are you will if you live long enough. When you do, don’t freak out. You don’t need to take action today. In many cases, time is on your side.”
He explained, "I'm relatively young. I have a wife. I have three children in college. I didn't want cancer coming back. So I had a radical robotic prostatectomy in early July 2013."
"I’m grateful this was a detectable, survivable cancer," he added. "I’m pleased that the judgment and intuition of my physicians were spot-on every step of the way."