The Hollywood great ROBERT DE NIRO has received numerous honors for his work. Some people may not be aware that the actor, who is best known for the movies Taxi Driver and The Godfather II, battled prostate cancer back in 2003.
De Niro, who is best known for his tight working relationships with director Martin Scorsese, miraculously never seems to slow down even after receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis.
De Niro’s publicist issued a statement at the time, remaining incredibly discreet about his health-related information. It stated: “His proactive personal healthcare program resulted in the condition [prostate cancer] being discovered at an early stage due to regular check-ups.”
According to reports, the cancer was discovered via a PSA screening, which measures men’s levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). Despite the debate about these scans’ accuracy, De Niro’s checkup may have actually saved his life.
The celebrity started receiving treatment right away at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where it has been alleged that he underwent a prostatectomy or the removal of the prostate gland. However, neither the actor nor his agents have ever officially verified this.
After finishing his therapy in 2004, the actor quickly went back to work, appearing at the time in the 2005 movie Hide & Seek, produced by 20th Century Fox.
Robyn Crowther, De Niro’s attorney, provided a rare glimpse into his battle with cancer in 2007 when the actor was prosecuted for lying about his health state.
“You don’t have cancer one day, and then the next day you find out you have. This happened in the middle of those two days.”
Since then, it has been claimed that the celebrity said something that his admirers have found to be rather motivating: “Time passes on. So take action on whatever you decide to do. Act right away. Stop waiting.
Although it’s unclear from the quote whether De Niro was speaking about his struggle with cancer.
Which Signs and Symptoms Accompany Prostate Cancer?
In men, the prostate is a little gland with a walnut-like form. Prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer in men in the UK, according to the NHS.
As the illness typically takes time to manifest, years may pass before any symptoms appear. According to Prostate Cancer UK, the majority of people do not exhibit symptoms, however, there are some things that could increase your risk of getting the condition.
The manner cancer grows is one factor in why there are frequently no signs. According to Prostate Tumour UK, symptoms like trouble peeing will manifest if cancer is close to the urethra and presses against it.
However, because prostate cancer typically grows on the outside of the prostate rather than pressing on the urethra, symptoms are not apparent.
It’s more likely that another medical condition or a very common non-cancerous condition called an enlarged prostate will be to blame for changing how you urinate.
Nevertheless, it is still wise to get it examined. Possible modifications to watch for include:
- The Inability to Begin Urinating or Empty Your Bladder
- A Scant Flow when Urinating
- A Sensation that Your Bladder Hasn’t Properly Emptied
- Urinating and Then Dribbling Urine
- Requiring More Frequent Urination than Normal, Especially at Night
- The Urgent Urge to Urinate; Occasionally, You May Lose Urine Before You Reach the Bathroom.
Advanced prostate cancer (prostate cancer that has spread outside of the prostate) can also cause additional symptoms, such as:
- Pain in The Back, Hips, or Pelvis
- Issues with Obtaining or Maintaining an Erection
- Pee or Sperm with Blood in Them
- Unaccounted-For Weight Loss
In addition to blood tests, MRI scans, or biopsies, testing for prostate cancer typically entails PSA screenings, which are now conducted with caution.
If your PSA level is elevated, doctors may suggest an MRI of your prostate determine whether you require more testing or treatment.
This additional therapy is dependent on the patient and the specifics of their malignancy. Many prostate cancer patients won’t require therapy. When therapy is required, the goal is to treat or manage the condition so that it has the least possible impact on daily life and does not reduce life expectancy.
People can get a prostatectomy if surgery is necessary, as De Niro apparently did. In order to completely or partially remove the prostate gland, several surgical procedures are required.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a radical prostatectomy is a surgical procedure used to treat men with locally advanced prostate cancer by removing the entire prostate gland and its surrounding lymph nodes.
It is possible for prostate cancer to come back after the treatment, but doctors should work with the patient to clarify the risks, and people should continue to get regular checkups to monitor their PSA levels.
Although research is still being done to determine when radiotherapy should be used following surgery, several studies have shown that doing so may boost the likelihood of a cure after prostate removal surgery.