Below is a good food-for-thought article on how cancer and its patients are perceived in entertainment vehicles.
This includes things like movies, TV shows, and such. And this has a very real impact on the way both patients, and the public in general, perceive and relate to cancer.
From the article:"Traditionally, cancer portrayals on film lean towards the melodramatic and tragic. As a result, our collective fear of cancer and the death sentence seemingly attached to the diagnosis are reinforced whether we realize it or not."
"Constructing a comedy-drama about cancer was an unheard-of concept just a couple of decades ago..."
"Breaking Bad’s Walter White isn’t consumed by his cancer diagnosis; it transforms him into a celebrated anti-hero..."
But the point of the article is that"The changing tone of cancer portrayals seems to be in step with changing societal beliefs about what it means to be diagnosed with and to live with cancer."
It is as well suggested that a fault of contemporary cancer portrayals is that that they are still overly melodramatic, and would do better by showing more of the actual, day-to-day, real-life experiences of actual cancer patients:
"Given the growing number of cancer survivors, more accurately portraying the average experience of cancer could provide a great benefit to those experiencing cancer in real life."
So, does this mean that something like a kind of "PCa TV reality show" is a good idea? Where we the viewers, along with an unseen TV camera, follow Bob the PCa patient as he parks his car at the clinic, enters and engages in small talk with the receptionist, and then we follow him to the station where he donates blood for his PSA test? And then later at home we see him and wife Cindy discussing how to schedule his RT treatments around the upcoming family vacation, and then go visit her mother, all the while as their teenage kids Billy and Susie are complaining about
how making time for dad's treatments is "ruining" mom and dad driving them to school events, etc., etc?
Would it really be a great idea to have such a "real" TV show about
what living with cancer, PCa for example, is "really" like? But, yes, it likely would be a more honest portrayal of life with cancer than just watching certain Hollywood movies showing cancer patients slipping away.
Anyone want to be the subject of a here's-what-living-with-prostate-cancer-is-really-like reality TV show? A guy with a minicam following your every routine as you move through your day? Probably not, unless the money was really good.
And the final lines of the article make such a good point:"Above all, it’s important for patients to remember that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t define them, which is an idea often perpetuated by Hollywood and the film industry in general. Real people are not plot points meant to move storylines along."
Some thoughts worth pondering.https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/beyond-treatment/201811/cancer-screen-cancertainment
Chronic prostatitis (age 60 on)
BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6(3+3), T1c
No mets, PCa likely still organ contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSAs (since post-IMRT): 0.1 or lower