Prostate Cancer Secrets

Keith R. Holden, M.D.
A physician with advanced prostate cancer shares some surprising facts about his journey.
Created 07 Sep 2021
  • Androgen Deprivation Hell - 008
    20 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    About three weeks after my first shot of the androgen deprivation medication to lower my testosterone, I began experiencing intermittent hot flashes. Trelstar, the medication my insurance approved, co...
  • How to Treat Patients - 007
    16 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    My husband and I walked into this beautiful new office, which looked like “Architectural Digest” meets “Zen.” The entire staff was very warm and caring and I first met with his nurse followed by his s...
  • How Not to Treat Patients - 006
    14 Oct 2021 • 11 min read • 2 0
    Everything still hadn’t fully sunken in when I met with the first radiation oncologist a few days later. I walked into this new facility and sat in the waiting room. I looked around and saw that there...
  • Turning Point - 005
    10 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    Seven weeks passed since my surgery and it was time to return to the surgeon for my first post-operative PSA results. My sweet Mom, who was 91 at the time, asked my sister to bring her to Florida to b...
  • The Aftermath - 004
    07 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 4 8
    On the fourth day after my radical prostatectomy, my sister drove me back to Celebration and we rented a hotel room. The surgeon had asked me to stay in the area for one night after having my catheter...
  • The Surgery - 003
    02 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 4 4
    In my experience, after you’re initially diagnosed with cancer, there is a “settling in” period. The time of denial is over. Sadness and anger arise. In the first few weeks, I also experienced what I ...
  • The Biopsy - 002
    25 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 4 2
    I rechecked my PSA and found that it had risen to 47! For it to go from 19 to 47 in a short time suggests an aggressive type of cancer, but I was still having prostatitis symptoms, so this clouded the...
  • The Beginning - 001
    19 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 4 8
    I woke up in the middle of the night with intense pain in my prostate area. It was a combination of aching pressure plus an intense urge to urinate and have a bowel movement. Little did I know this wa...
  • Prostate Cancer Secrets
    07 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    This is Prostate Cancer Secrets, a newsletter written by a physician with advanced prostate cancer. I’m writing this newsletter to educate people, including doctors, about advanced prostate cancer. Ad...
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