So brave! Dr. Drew, the host of numerous health and sex talk shows, is opening up about his struggle with prostate cancer in a revealing new interview.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, the host of of HLN’s Dr. Drew on Call and the call-in radio program Loveline, announced that he underwent surgery in 2012 to remove his prostate after he was diagnosed with cancer. Read on to find out how his wife Susan Sailer Pinsky‘s intuition may have saved his life.
Dr. Drew: Cancer Survivor — Prostate Cancer Treatment Revealed
Two years ago, Dr. Drew returned home from a Caribbean vacation feeling violently ill. While the sickness quickly passed, his wife, Susan, insisted he have a follow-up exam to make sure he was healthy, People reports. That’s when doctors first discovered something might be wrong with Dr. Drew’s prostate. He was treated for prostatitis, or inflammation of the prostate, but when that didn’t work, he was given a biopsy.
“Lo and behold, I have cancer,” he told People. “I was doing Lifechangers [a show on The CW] and my HLN show was going. My wife and I had this great relationship, very active sexually. This could screw everything up. It was a terrible feeling.”
Poor Dr. Drew! That must have been such a scary time for him.
Dr. Drew Undergoes Surgery For Prostate Cancer
In July, 2012, Dr. Drew put on a brave face and told a small group of friends that he was undergoing surgery to remove his prostate. Just 10 days after the operation, he was back at work and today he is completely “cancer-free.”
“The erectile function is normal, sex drive is normal, bladder works normally,” he says. “And I don’t have to worry about prostate cancer.”
We’re so glad Dr. Drew’s health has been fully restored, and we think he is so strong for dealing with such a complicated, life-threatening illness head-on.
He admits, however, that it wasn’t easy for the doctor to become the patient at first.
“We’re all bad as males. I convinced myself I could do my own primary care,” he said. “These are very complicated issues. The message I want to give out is that this is still an art. So much of the good outcome for me was the result of people following their intuition, including my wife.”
Thank goodness Dr. Drew listened to his wife! Who knows — without her, he might not have survived this traumatic illness.
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— Julianne Ishler