Rod ‘n’ Elton

Celebrities talking about prostate cancer can only help boost awareness.

They became close friends in the early seventies just as fame beckoned and bonded over a love of music, football, and partying. It’s sometimes been a fractious friendship, but it remains one to this day. It’s a fifty-year story of two music legends who share many milestones. If you haven’t guessed, I’m talking about Rod Stewart and Elton John. Read on…

September, say do you remember?

September is tremendously important and not just because it’s the title of perhaps the best song ever recorded by the magisterial Earth Wind and Fire. Yes, I know others will argue for Boogie Wonderland, but September suits my purpose right now.

For those who don’t know, September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Eyes glaze over, man keeps scrolling. Wait, not so fast…

Read on: https://prostatecancer.net/living/september-screening-awareness/

Snake Oil

When I was first diagnosed with prostate cancer a doctor told me if he could prescribe exercise as a pill, he’d write the script for every one of his patients. He was making no claim that keeping fit would cure my cancer but indicated that it would equip me with some physical and emotional resilience if times got tough.

Let’s take a look at complementary and alternative therapies

A reader, commenting on one of my previous articles, suggested I try American Ginseng, which he thought might help overcome some of my hormone therapy side-effects.1 He was suggesting its use purely as a palliative and not as a cure.

Both these examples can be seen within the context of complementary and alternative therapies or complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) as they are more commonly called. These also include homeopathy, osteopathy, meditation, dietary supplements, acupuncture and many more. Some of these are offered at the cancer center I attend.

Read on: https://prostatecancer.net/living/snake-oil/

Jim Cancer Update

A quick note to say that my visit to the oncologist last week was very satisfactory. My PSA level is now 0.03 making my cancer virtually undetectable. My next hospital appointment is not for 6 months. Obviously, the Unwelcome Guest can make an unwelcome return, but this is good news by any standards.

The Unwelcome Guest is moving

Dear All

Things are changing at The Unwelcome Guest. My scribblings have been picked up by Health Union, a US company. They publish a number of cancer related websites and are employing me as a freelance writer on ProstateCancer.net.

You can see my first piece here.

I’m happy about this development as I’m hoping to reach many more readers. The downside is that contractually I’m not allowed to post my blogs elsewhere. If you want to keep up with my cancer capers, you’ll need to track me down at the Unwelcome Guest’s new home.

I’ll post links to give you a heads up when a new article appears and if I feel a particular blog isn’t suitable for Health Union then I’ll publish it here.

This is all very new and if anything changes, I’ll let you know.

I really do appreciate you reading my stuff and just in case anyone is wondering, I’m feeling fine.

All the best

Jim