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Celebrities with Prostate Cancer


Senator Bob Dole was one of the first celebrities to "go public" with his prostate cancer. The year was 1992. Since then, many other high-profile men with prostate cancer have made a similar decision. Their stories---how they were diagnosed, what treatments they selected, how they've fared, and what impact the disease has had on their lives---are told here to help others cope. Increased public awareness, which was stimulated by the efforts of these men, has led to increased federal funding and a declining mortality rate of this disease.

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A. Those who chose surgery

Contemporary radical prostatectomy, as performed at Johns Hopkins University, is shown here.


B. Those who chose radiation therapy

Modern prostate X-ray therapy, as performed at Seattle Prostate Institute, is shown here.

Andy Grove
President & CEO, Intel Corp.

Rudolph Giuliani
NYC Mayor

Richard Riordan
Former LA Mayor


Nelson Mandela
Former President of South Africa

Chuck Tanner
Former Pittsburgh Pirates Manager



C. Those who were diagnosed too late

Steve Ross
Former Chairman
Time-Warner Inc.
1927 - 1993

Telly Savalas
1924 - 1994

Billy Bixby
1934 - 1993

Linus Pauling, Ph.D.
Scientist, Two-time Nobel Prize Winner
1901 - 1994

Frank Zappa
1941 - 1993

Timothy Leary
LSD Advocate
Diagnosed: January, 1995
1920 - 1996


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