Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer Linked to Depression and a Personal Note of Encouragement.

A large study (see the Cancer Network Oncology link) from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston suggests that men receiving testosterone-suppressing (hormone) therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer may be at increased risk of developing depression. The findings, published online April 11th in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, are based on Medicare … Continue reading “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer Linked to Depression and a Personal Note of Encouragement.”

Encouragement from a Friend Experiencing Testing

As the purveyor of this website, I occasionally hear from other men who relate their experiences with prostate cancer. I’d like to recount the testimonial of one such person whom I know well. He has asymptomatic but metastatic prostate cancer and had been receiving intermittent hormonal therapy for eight years. His PSA had a rapid … Continue reading “Encouragement from a Friend Experiencing Testing”

When Most Needed, An Unexpected Letter

This post is very personal to me and provided me with encouragement at this time of personal need. While I am currently asymptomatic, for which I am immensely grateful, I know I have metastatic sites of prostate cancer in my body. Upon a recent visit to my oncologist, he calmly but coldly and clinically told … Continue reading “When Most Needed, An Unexpected Letter”

Part 2. Why Am I Writing This Website?

This post is Part 2 following “Prostate Cancer Is My Assignment” posted Oct. 16th. Since 1995, I had been treated for prostate cancer at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. My excellent urologist, who knew me well, was aware I had kept a “prostate diary” over the course of my condition and urged me to write … Continue reading “Part 2. Why Am I Writing This Website?”

Can God Use Cancer?

I recently received an e mail from the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) entitled Health, Hope and Inspiration. These periodic e mails contain 30 minute interviews with Rev. Percy McCray, spiritual coordinator for CTCA. The latest interview entitled “Can God Use Cancer?” grabbed my attention. Rev. McCray’s immediate answer to the question was a … Continue reading “Can God Use Cancer?”

On-going Re-design of this Website and Posts

This website has been active for some years now and it is about time for an update of the site in general as well as indiviudual posts. The first change we have made is that all of the hundreds of posts have been separated into one of the following categories: 1) General Patient Information; 2) … Continue reading “On-going Re-design of this Website and Posts”

My Presentation With Dr. Jacek Mostwin (Johns Hopkins) at the 5th Conference on Religion and Medicine, March 25th, 2017, Houston, Texas

A few months ago, my long-time Johns Hopkins urology surgeon, Dr. Jacek Mostwin, suggested that we prepare a joint presentation for the meeting cited above. I readily agreed. The annual conference on Religion and Medicine encourages physicians, care-givers and hospital pastoral staff to see their patients as more than data, results and medical information but … Continue reading “My Presentation With Dr. Jacek Mostwin (Johns Hopkins) at the 5th Conference on Religion and Medicine, March 25th, 2017, Houston, Texas”

December 5th, 2016; A Dreaded Day-More Lessons Learned

A western Norway fjord; Provided by Arnold Dalene. I always knew the day had to come when the therapy I had been given for the last ten years inhibiting cancer cell growth would stop working and my PSA would start increasing despite the treatments. I had been living my life in four month increments of … Continue reading “December 5th, 2016; A Dreaded Day-More Lessons Learned”

In the Hands of God

Hans Edvard Wisloff was a prominent Norwegian Lutheran Bishop, theologian and writer in the mid 20th century. Being of direct Norwegian ancestry myself, I found this short essay of encouragement. “God has given us permission to bring everything to Him in prayer. Nothing is too big, nothing too small. He has promised that He will … Continue reading “In the Hands of God”