15 Celebrities Who Were Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

10. Phil Lesh

Phil LeshPhil Lesh is a guitarist and founding member of the Grateful Dead and he was submitted to a liver transplant as a result of complications with chronic hepatitis C. In addition, when he was 66 years old, in 2006, he announced that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, a disease that had already killed his father. Following the diagnosis, Lesh underwent a robotic surgery at the Vattikuti Urology Institute at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

“Since we caught it very early and it’s small and slow-growing, I fully expect to have a rapid and complete recovery,” said Phil Lesh, as reported in SFGate. However, in 2015, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer and had to be submitted to surgery again. “I am very fortunate to have the pathology reports show that the tumors are all non-aggressive and that there is no indication that they have spread.”

11. Robert De Niro

Robert De NiroAcademy Award winner Robert De Niro has starred in countless movies, including Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. But in 2003, he announced he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, at the age of 60. The actor never addressed the problem and his publicist released very few details about the disease or the treatment. It is known that the prostate cancer was caught early and the actor made a full recovery. In 2011, after battling cancer, Robert De Niro became a father to his sixth child to Helen Grace Hightower.

“Doctors say the condition was detected at an early stage because of regular check-ups,” said Robert De Niro’s publicist Stan Rosenfield. “Because of the early detection and his excellent physical condition, doctors project a full recovery.” However, the actor did not wish to share with the public the course of treatment he had chosen. “He’s a private person and doesn’t care to have his treatment out for public consumption,” he added.

12. Roger Moore

Roger MooreMany actors have played James Bond, but Roger Moore was the longest one and certainly one of the most memorable. From 1973 to 1985, he played the role of the famous British agent, 007. But it was in 1993 that he faced one of the biggest fears of his life, prostate cancer. Moore is a self-proclaimed hypochondriac and was treated through the removal of the prostate in a radical prostatectomy. He made a full recovery and ended up years later marrying a breast cancer survival called Kristina Tholstrup.

“No more sugar, no alcohol,” said Moore in an interview. The decision to change his lifestyle is related not only to being a prostate cancer survivor but also to having a pacemaker fitted and being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. “Diet Coke is now my vice. Medicine has always fascinated me and I’m a hypochondriac. It’s not that I wake up every morning and think I’m dying. At my age, I know I am.”

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