Oscar-winner Lou Gossett Jr. has prostate cancer

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   Posted 2/9/2010 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. announced today he is in the early stages of prostate cancer.

The 73-year-old actor said he wanted to make his diagnosis public "to set an example for the large number of African-American men who are victims of this disease because of the comparatively low emphasis in our community on preventative examinations and early treatment. I want to influence them to seek, as I have, the fine medical care and early detection now available."

Gossett won an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award in 1983 for his supporting role opposite Richard Gere in "An Officer and a Gentleman." He began his acting career on the stage as a high school student, and made his film debut in 1961 in "A Raisin in the Sun," starring Sidney Poitier.

He won an Emmy Award in 1977 for his role as Fiddler in the miniseries "Roots," and he took home another Golden Globe in 1992 for his supporting role in the made-for-television production "The Josephine Baker Story."

Gossett said he does not intend to let his cancer diagnosis slow him down.

"I count this diagnosis among the many challenges I have faced in my life and overcome," he said. "I expect this to be no different."

He served as executive producer of the upcoming PBS documentary "For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots," hosted by Halle Berry. He will also appear in Tyler Perry's upcoming "Why Did I Get Married Too," along with the films "A Fonder Heart" with Daryl Hannah, Stockard Channing and James Brolin and "Smitty," with Mira Sorvino and Peter Fonda.

Gossett is also the founder and head of the Eracism Foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed at raising awareness of issues such as racism, ignorance and social apathy.
Age: 53 6' 0" Weight: 170 Caucasian

Rising PSA over the last six years (from when I started being tested) from 3.9 to 5.2 to 4.6 to 4.5 to 4.9.

DX with PC in January 2009 after biopsy. Bone scan--negative

Consulted Cedars-Sinai Beverly Hills urologist--recommended surgery
Consulted Cedars-Sinai Beverly Hills radiologist--recommended IMRT
Consulted San Diego Cyber-Blade doctor--recommended treatments
Consulted Long Beach radiologist--recommended IGRT
Consulted Loma Linda radiologist--recommended Hypo-fractionated Proton treatments

Insurance approved any treatment I wanted.

Consulted Marnia del Rey urologist Dr. Scholz.
Dr. Scholz referred me to Dr. Bahn for a Color Doppler test.
Scholz and Bahn recommended Active Surveillance, some diet changes, and steady exercise.

I am currently on Active Surveillance.

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   Posted 2/9/2010 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
You were wise in seeking all these opinions in your case and notice what you are doing vs. the heavy duty treatments suggested by other "experts".....'wake up America'....some patients are being cashed in on early by the first doc whom make the sale. How nasty of me to devulge the real world that feeds us many a lie. How many men have been altered or ruined, much earlier than was likely necessary???? I got mulitple opinions too, amazing what was said and or promised, especially to a high stats guy like me. I think your onco's are among the better ones to go see.
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   Posted 2/9/2010 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, that is a big star name to add to the list of famous with PC. Perhaps he can be a voice, among others already there, to the African-american community of men, which data says have much higher incidents of PC. Will be interesting to see if Mr. Gossett will ultimately disclose his treatment choice, or any other info about his particular case.

David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days

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   Posted 2/9/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for him as I think statistics show AF men die more frequently of this disease as well as having a higher risk of prostate cancer. Hope he continue with his openess.
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
Margin slightly involved
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
8/5 1 depend at night only, now none
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10
Great family and friends

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