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but he'll beat it i know!

Message from Phil on 10.26.2006

What do I have in common with Rudy Giuliani, John Kerry, Bob Dole, Joe Torre, Nelson Mandela, Sean Connery, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Emperor Akihito of Japan, General

Norman Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell, Quincy Jones, Roger Moore, Sydney Poitier, and Robert De Niro?

Like them, and along with thousands of other men, I have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Since my liver transplant, my health has been monitored by a crack team of doctors; in the course of this program, I have periodic blood tests and clinic visits. At my last clinic, my doctor noticed that my PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) levels had increased over the last period. He recommended that I see a urologist, and a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis. I have decided to have it removed in early December with da Vinci robotic surgery. Since we’ve caught it very early, and it’s small and slow-growing, I fully expect to have a rapid and complete recovery.

I am feeling energetic as always, and all my scheduled appearances will occur as planned.

As you know, I urge everyone to become an organ donor to help save lives. Now, I am also urging all men: speak to your doctor about having periodic regular PSA screening for early detection of prostate cancer- you may save your own life.

-PHIL

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What do I have in common with Rudy Giuliani, John Kerry, Bob Dole, Joe Torre, Nelson Mandela, Sean Connery, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Emperor Akihito of Japan, General

Norman Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell, Quincy Jones, Roger Moore, Sydney Poitier, and Robert De Niro?

hmmmm....I dunno - you're a Republican Democrat Senator who manages the Yankees, was jailed in South Africa, is Japan's head of state and former U.S. Secretary of State who produced classic Motown records with a licence to kill, won a Nobel Prize and an Oscar and starred in Casino?

(He'll beat it! go Phil!)

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Too many people getting cancer...

I just found out last night that a teacher at our school died of cancer. She has a one month old child (still in Sick Kids Hospital) and a loving husband who is now a single father of three young ones.

My grandmother always used to say "that damn cancer" ...

It's going to be a teary, blurry day at school today.

Wishing you a speedy recovery Phil ... I'm itchin' for another dose of your musical magic after last summer's show.

Peace, Mark

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this is very sad indeed...hugs to you mr tonin, that's really rough...cancer is becoming much more prevalent in our society. my friend's mom was diagnosed with lung cancer and is in chemotherapy. the chemo ward at St Mike's looks like a bus station...endless "chemo stations," always full of people.

*sigh*

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male and over 40

pffft... nothin ta worry bout here then! (for another month and a half anyways =)

think this sounds less serious for Phil than the liver transplant likely was... the transplant still freaks me out a lot... moreso that he's still playing nearly constantly and not just still alive... at the time of his transplant the deadhead community was warning each other to stay braced as transplanted livers usually fail after 5 or 6 years... phil's having a fantastic run with his to be sure

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I work at the Cancer Centre in Ottawa, where part of my week is spent with the prostate brachytherapy group. Brachytherapy is the implantation, permanent or otherwise, of radioactive material into, or around, the tumour. As far as I know, we have never treated a patient with prostate cancer that was under 44. Traditionally, doctors have started doing the 'finger test' at age 18, but they are seemingly starting to wait until 35-40. I can only assume that the age will start to decrease as all forms of cancer, even those attributed mainly to the elderly, are being diagnosed in younger and younger people.

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