Dr. Drew Pinsky (Getty Images)
The HLN host revealed on Tuesday that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011. Similar to how Angelina Jolie revealed she had a preventative double mastectomy, Drew Pinsky shared the news himself.
"I want you to hear it from me," Pinsky, 55, explained on his blog. "Not from the Internet. Not from a gossip column. Not from someone who doesn’t know me."
At the urging of his wife, Pinsky went to an internist for a physical, where he was eventually diagnosed with prostatitis, or inflammation of the prostate that is usually caused by a bacterial infection. At the advice of his physician, Pinsky then had a biopsy taken ... and a low-grade tumor was discovered.
What followed was "active surveillance." The tumor was monitored over the course of more than a year, and two more biopsies followed. In early July, Pinsky had 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," Pinsky wrote.
"I returned to work 10 days after the surgery," he continued. "I am working out again, eating well and feeling very good. I’ll begin running again soon. The only remnant of cancer surgery is six small scars on my torso. They are fading fast. I'm hopeful I am cured … I'm grateful this was a detectable, survivable cancer."
Pinsky will share the details of his personal battle with prostate cancer tonight at 9 p.m. ET on HLN's "Dr. Drew On Call."
For more information about prostate cancer head to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
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