The small c and me

I have cancer, prostate cancer.

When the doctor told me, he said that if you’re going to get it, this is the one to get. It made feel as if I’d just gotten an upgrade on Cancer Air. It was caught very early, found in only 5 percent of one of 12 samples gathered by shooting a harpoon gun into me (where, you don’t want to know). So I am lucky.

I’m reminded of a brainstorming session I went to with Tony Hendra, the comedy writer, toward the end of the ’80s, when he was leading the collaborative writing of a book called The ’90s: A Look Back. I was invited to a session where we speculated about the near future of medicine and Tony riffed about what it would be like once they found a pill to care cancer. “Got a spot of cancer today?” he said, copyrighting. “No problem. Take Tumorout. You’ll feel as good as new. Go ahead. Light up that cigarette. Won’t hurt a bit.” I was disappointed that his cancer gag didn’t make it into the book. I’m also disappointed that they didn’t invent Tumorout.

Why am I even telling you about this? As I wrote in What Would Google Do?, I gained tremendous benefit sharing another ailment – heart arrhythmia – here on my blog. And so I have no doubt that by sharing this, I will get useful advice and warm support (and maybe a few weeks’ respite from trolls). I argue for the benefits of the public life. So I’d better live it.

I also hope to be one more guy to convince you men to get get your PSA checked: a small mitzvah in return for my luck. And when we talk about the cost of screening in the health-care debate, I’ll stand up to say that when you’re the 1-in-100, screening is worth it.

I’ve always been a cancerphobe; can’t imagine much worse than that creeping invasion. Yet I’ve surprised myself, staying calm in the face of realizing my fears, probably because I know it could be worse and, well, it is what it is. I’ve been using this amazing internet to do research and, with my wife’s help and counsel, make the complicated decision on a course of treatment.

Before doing my research, I’d assumed that the treatment Rudy Giuliani made famous – radioactive seeds – would be the way to go: simple, and if it doesn’t work, I thought, then I could resort to surgery. But it turns out that once you get zapped, it becomes very tricky to perform surgery. At my age – young, damnit – the wiser course is surgery, cutting out the prostate and, one hopes, all the disease with it.

I’m opting for robotic surgery – geek that I am, how could I not? My only fear is that they’ll wheel me into the O.R. and I’ll see that the machine is powered by Dell.

I’ve also chosen Sloan Kettering and Dr. Raul Parra to do the surgery. There’s one of the privileges of living in New York, among the best.

I’ll keep you informed as I find notes of interest while progressing toward surgery in mid-September and through recovery. Fear not, I’m not going to turn this into a disease journal: I don’t expect you to be consumed with my problems when others have theirs, far worse. Or perhaps you should fear, for instead, I will keep on writing about media wonkishness: about the rise of the next media and the fall of the last. Except now, I’ll be in a worse mood.

  • Wow, hope things go well and my positive thoughts are with you. Damn, now do we have to blame things on your cancer too like we do with @drew ‘s cancer?

  • all the best, jeff! get well soon!

  • Sheeesh, sad to hear. All the best for a speedy and sustained recovery.

  • verbatim

    Please have a quick and complete recovery.

  • Jeff, I admire your sharing-ness – way to practice what you preach. Best of luck in the surgery and recovery process. If the doctors give you a hard time, just mount a massive social media campaign against them. Seems to have worked in the past.

  • Be strong, Jeff. Power!!!!

    Sync up any time you’re in London, mate …


  • Get well soon Jeff.

  • Get well soon Jeff.

  • Thanks sharing Jeff. Keep us posted. Thoughts are with you, friend.

  • Jeff,

    I want you to get well!

    It is a small c.

    All I can ask is whyyyyyyy? Why you? And that you have tghe best doc on earth.

    You have been a great journo and great teacher to me for years. Keep writing as it will be therapeutic for your recovery.


  • Jeff,

    I have no doubt that you’re going to come through this stronger and better than ever. Will be pulling hard for you.


  • Bryan

    Good luck to you, Jeff.

  • Good luck, mate. Pretty sure you’ll come out stronger on the other side of this hurdle.

  • Best of luck! To a quick recovery!

  • My father went through prostate cancer treatment six years ago. While certainly no fun, he is as healthy now as ever. Hope for at least as much for you. Get well soon.

  • My father was diagnosed the middle of last year – same situation as you find yourself in now: caught early and he assumed the seeds or radiation was the way to go. Like you, he chose to have the robotic surgery and he’s now almost 9 months cancer free and PSA levels normal.

    But he would never have found the cancer had his doctor not pushed him to check his PSA levels every 6 months and encouraged him to follow up on borderline results. He’s heard too many stories since of doctors who say nothing about borderline results or encourage “watch and wait” approaches until it becomes too late.

    Good luck

  • Jeff – Wishing you a very speedy recovery and thanks for reminding us to get checked. You’re in safe hands at Sloan. Keep fighting!

  • Sheesh! That sucks. Sorry to hear this! But want you to know that my dad had prostate cancer 20 years ago and he just celebrated his healthy 82nd b-day.
    now we need the tag #iblamedrewandjeffscancer so we can whip cancer’s ass

  • I’m with everyone else — and in your age bracket, too! Sending nothing but good vibes your way.

  • I’m really sorry to read this but encouraged by your positive attitude. You can surely beat this! Crowdsource the constant effort to keep your spirits up. We can help with that!

    – Natali

  • Though I have no direct experience of my own to offer as support, I will say that with my mother currently going through treatment for breast cancer, it has been refreshing to have people seemingly come out of the woodwork to tell me that their mother, their sister, their aunt, or they themselves had the same thing 5, 10, or 20 years ago, and are still doing fine. Hopefully you will find the same sort of encouragement. Best of luck beating it.

  • Peter Daou

    Jeff- wishing you the best.


  • Hi Jeff,
    My dad had a similar diagnosis, and he’s also been a patient at Sloan Kettering, including their facility in Basking Ridge. They’ve been wonderful. Wishing you the the best for successful treatment and recovery!

    Annie (banannie)

    • Great to hear. I am going to Basking Ridge as well. Impressive, it is.

  • Good luck, kid.

  • Sorry to hear it, Jeff. You’ll fight and win this, too.

  • Good luck and I good choice on the robotics surgery too. I have done many posts myself on the DaVinci procedure and it certainly seems to be the best for the patient as far as the entire procedure and recovery time too.

  • Jeff – My best wishes for a speedy recovery. Glad you went to Sloan – they’ve been so good with many of my loved ones.

  • Oh, damn. Sorry to hear this Jeff.

  • Thoughts are with you. Sounds like you will be in the very best hands.

  • Jeff, please give me a ring if you have a moment to talk – (623)BLAMEIT

    I wish you nothing but the best in your fight. We’re with you.

  • Best wishes for a speedy recovery, and very impressed with you for sharing this. I’m already looking at having more diagnostic tests.

  • Sounds like you’re pretty young (50s?), so I hope it’s not an aggressive prostate cancer – good question to ask your doctor.

    My father passed last year from prostate, and he was 62 with a very aggressive strain, following testicular cancer. Buffett and Giuliani did the radioactive seeds; but with the surgery, I recall it being very important to launch into a very healthy diet, exercise, etc. when you recover (or in advance of surgery). Sounds obvious, but makes recovery in gen easier.

    Thoughts are with you and your family – Adrian

  • Oy!

  • lyle

    Oh I hope it leaves quick

  • Uff, all the best. And get well soon. Please.

  • All the best wishes from Germany!

    A good friend of mine is a surgeon. He said if he had to choose one type of cancer, it would be prostate cancer. It’s the one you get rid off the best.

  • Good luck, Jeff. I hope you’re well soon.

  • Jeff,

    Now I understand why you were passing on our invitation to come to Montreal. Surgery is never a walk in the park especially when it’s for cancer but let me hope that all goes well and that your doctor, one of the best like you wrote, will eliminate all traces.
    Wishing you best of luck and a quick recevory Jeff!

  • Very sorry to hear of your troubles. For what it’s worth, my mother survived prostate cancer and 2 lung cancers, despite already being ill with COPD for many years.

    “They” say this so often it becomes cliché, but it’s true:
    Attitude is a HUGE part of recovery. Keep your spirits up, and don’t think you’ll prevail – KNOW you are going to beat this.
    Doubt can be as harmful and destructive as the cancer, itself.

    So beat it. Period.

  • Prayers are coming your way, Jeff.

    Oh, and, everyone else is being too nice to say it, but you misspelled “prostate” in the first sentence. My dad is at high risk for prostate cancer, so he regularly has screenings, and he always always calls it “prostRate” cancer, which is why I probably noticed it ;-) Drives me NUTS … No pun intended … OK maybe intended, slightly …

  • Good luck Jeff. My thoughts are with you. Keep a positive attitude.

  • All the best to you. Once a doctor told me, that he would not do any PSA-Testing for himself, because there is a very loose connection between PSA and malignant growth inside the prostata. Even if it is the case, usually it grows very slow. My stepfather on the other hand had a prostata surgery and played tennis some weeks later and didn’t bother at all. He said, that one should find security on to the doctor’s face. If he has obviously no doubts that surgery does any harm, than go for it soon and afterwards do all the training stuff: pelvic floor training etc…

  • All the best, Jeff. It’s never easy.

  • Molly Block (@mollyblock)

    Glad to hear it was caught early, Jeff. Your sharing of your story may help others decide to get checked — sooner, rather than later.

    Looking forward to hearing about your progress.

  • Sorry to hear this, Jeff. “Caught very early” is about the only encouraging thing anyone can say when delivering that diagnosis, so here’s to the good news. I hope all goes as well as can be hoped.

  • Russ Walker

    I know it doesn’t feel like it now, but you won the cancer lottery. You’re dealing with a highly treatable/curable form. You will get through this, I know it.

    Cancer is truly humbling. I didn’t know I was mortal until I was diagnosed with lymphoma 5 years ago. In the end, it was the best and worst thing that ever happened to me.

    Good luck. I’ll be thinking of you.

  • Get well soon !!

    All the best !

  • May the internet rally to your side. You have touched too many people for it not to.

  • Mike Manitoba

    Get well soon, Jeff.

  • Jeff you will be fine attitude is important I am 73 years old have a form of Lymphoma-I was diagnosed with it at 64 – in 2000 I was treated and stayed in remission until this year-I am getting treated again have two more cycles and am in remission again-my Cancer is treatable not curable it is chronic-yours Is probably curable-The problem with Cancer is hearing a Doctor say you have it ! When I was told I went to a good Psychiatrist and it worked Doctors are busy treating the disease it is hard for them to treat the little man who runs around in our head! Yes once a year to a Urologist is good medicine-I had a Gizmo on my Bladder my Urologist took it out using Robotic Surgery-it is painless but then I am a walking medical walking miracle just make sure they oil the robot with a new can of WD40 Marshal ” In Love and Laughter !”

  • Jeff,

    shared pain is half the pain! We’re at your side!

  • Get well soon Jeff, sounds like you’re in very good hands. My dad’s now nearly a decade free of his “little c”. Caught early and treated well.

  • Jeff,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • Howard Spanogle

    Totally support idea of making situation public. Not for glory but for info so more people can know how wonderful the advances are for treating cancer. More than 7 years ago, doctors (began at Sanibel) discovered Juanita had cancer. Turned out to be ovarian stage 4. First described as stage 3E (my mind: how far do they go in the alph.) Great results. Not one bedfast day from chemo effect. Being teachers, we followed directions precisely for pre-days (small pills, etc. to make all smooth). Normal scores: 1-35. Halfway through first chemo, her scores when down to 14 and below. Terrific. In Feb., oncologist described her to intern as “small walking miracle.” “Should have died 5 years ago.” J people, like you, are determined. Always active. Always planning. Always succeeding. Think Jarvis at noon. That’s what all kinds of friends did. Instant Internet updates to the world. Must be one reason God created someone w/links that led to this fantastic communication. Howard S.

  • Prayers and warm thoughts winding your way, Jeff. You’ll beat the hell out of this.

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  • Jim Coyle

    Jeff, the good part of the news is that you caught it early. When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer, I had several treatment options available. Surgery sounded too old-fashioned, but adding the word “Robotic” and saying it tended to have the shortest recovery time made it my choice. Had the DaVinci robotic surgery last September and was back at work full-time 4 weeks later – doing some work online a couple of weeks after the surgery. Prayers heading your way.

  • Eric Gauvin

    That’s scary and shocking news.

    Take care and get well soon.

  • Bad news, but your openess could be encouraging for many who are affected (or will be in the future). Get well soon.

  • RESPECT, dude. respect. We’re with you on this (and most of everything else).

  • Best of luck… but just to add a little help, I put in a prayer request for you at It’s good for a month of 24/7 praying…

  • The line about the Dell? Darn funny.

    Good luck esteemed colleague. Beat this thing into submission. My prayers are with you.

  • You’ve got a world of well wishers who will be thinking about you & pulling for you through this!

    I’m in the age bracket but so far PSA continues at normal levels. In the case that changes, I’m glad to know I can reference what Jeff would do.

  • Matthias Luefkens

    Hoping you get through this asap and looking forward to seeing you in Dubai or Davos.

  • Sandy Azzollini

    My best wishes for a quick recovery are with you Jeff. I’m taking my dad in for his second prostate biopsy this year on August 24th. He was also told if you have cancer, this is the one to have and before his first biopsy was overwhelmed with stories of men who are doing just fine after treatment. I hope both you and my dad get through it just fine.

  • Jeff, I was diagnosed in 2000. Same way as you. Early. I had surgery. And here I am nine years later to talk about it.

    It is beatable. I did . You will too.

    Hang in there.

  • Good luck with the surgery Jeff.

    That robotic surgery demo video on their site looks like something out of a Hollywood movie. Do they send a robotic nurse home with you too?

  • Hang tough Mr. Jarvis. I have a feeling that’s the only way you know how to be. I will keep you in my prayers.

  • If anyone can kick the little c’s ass, you can. Best of luck with the op and a speedy recovery. Becky

  • I’m so sorry to hear this, Jeff, but glad to know it was caught early. Good luck–you’ll be in my thoughts.


  • Vicki

    Stay strong and good luck. You have a world of people thinking of you!!!

  • Kevin

    Sorry to hear this Jeff and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    Are you going to use free websites, free doctors and free hospitals to ensure the best care possible?

    I didn’t think so…

  • Get well soon Jeff. I am sure modern medicine and surgery are going to have you on top of this very quickly. Very best of luck with treatment and wishing a very full and speedy recovery

  • Sue Densmore

    Jeff –

    Best regards for wise doctors, smooth procedures, and quick recovery. Thanks for sharing!


  • Hey Jeff
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, with hope and expecations that you’ll get through this succesfully, as so many have
    all the best

  • Think positive, keep moving, glad they caught it early — you are definitely in good hands at Sloan-Kettering. We look forward to many more books from you.

  • My dad has been in remission from prostate cancer for six years now, and his wasn’t caught as early as yours. God speed, God bless, and ignore the @evgenymorozov types of this world.

  • Best of luck with the procedure and I wish you a speedy recovery!

    Don’t get bogged down by the cynics and the trolls. There’s no point living that way. Just go on doing what you’ve been doing.

  • Sorry to hear that you’ve got cancer, glad to hear that it was caught early and should be treatable. Hang in there and beat this thing.

  • Best wishes and luck to you Jeff. Hopefully, your first class flight on Cancer Air will land soon.


  • Jeff – In case hearing other people’s stories is helpful… my father went through a very similar situation and had the surgery (at UCSF); it went incredibly smoothly, he had zero issues, and he is now cured. It was pretty stunning really. They have made huge strides with these surgical techniques in recent years — I have no doubt that your outcome will be even better than my father’s! Very best wishes to you for a speedy recovery.

  • Get well soon!

    Reading WWGD now and really enjoying and learning!

  • Hi Jeff, Sure has been many years since I’ve seen you, but wanted to let you know that Marlin and I are wishing you the best…speedy recovery!

  • Good luck and get well soon!
    -Steven, Belgium

  • azeem

    Hi jeff

    Sorry to hear this news, and grateful that you have an early diagnosis and such great prospects of a speedy recovery.
    With our best wished

  • Jim Bankoff

    Best to you, Jeff. You’ll beat it.

  • Laid Off Too

    All the best Mr Jarvis. Here’s to a succesful procedure and recovery.

  • Can the Robot Tweet while preforming the surgery?

    Has a Prostate Cam been tried before?

    As we are having a National debate on Health Care Reform it could add to our understanding if you did publish the costs and the adequacy of your health insurance coverage.

    I sure do hope the nurses aren’t robots, good luck Jeff.

  • Good luck. Prostate cancer has a very high survival rate.

  • Robert Levine

    Very sorry to hear this. I’m sure you’ll be feeling well soon.

  • Good luck Mr. J. Here’s to your recovery.

  • Good thing we don’t have healthcare reform yet, because I hear Obama wants to euthanize bloggers.

    All the best, Jeff. Good luck and be well quickly.

  • Jeff – I married one of the few beautiful female urologists in the world, so my wife’s busy schedule is a daily reminder to get the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test.

    I look forward to following your PSAs (Public Service Announcements) on their importance … all the way through recovery.

    Much luck for a speedy recovery.


  • Muchos ánimos, esperamos que estés bien dentro de muy poco tiempo. Mucha fuerza y coraje para superarlo.

  • Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Even without magic pills, there is lots of other medical magic going on.


  • Jason Rapp

    Best wishes, Jeff, for a speedy recovery!

  • I’m sorry to hear the news as well Jeff. Good luck on a fast recovery. We’re all rooting for you.


  • I’m sorry to hear of your cancer but I’m at least relieved that it’s a very treatable form of it. I enjoy watching you on twig and I just ordered your book What would google do? I look forward to reading it and whatever else you put out in your many hopefully healthy years to come.

  • Wasn’t expecting this bad news, but gives an extra dimension when I will check back tomorrow for more news on the transition from old to new media.

  • Robin Wolaner


    My breast cancer was found — like your cancer, very early, and in my case (and I believe yours) not-life-threatening — in the year my book was published. I hope we will share one more thing in common: cancer that is schedule-threatening but not well-being-threatening. Best wishes, Robin

  • scottRcrawford

    What? You’re not going to crowdsource the procedure? Prayers and good wishes going out your way, Jeff.

  • Eliot Caroom

    Jeff, I have complete confidence that you will demonstrate continued mental toughness and get rid of this illness.

  • Eli E.

    Is it bad your post made me giggle a bit? Just the parts that seemed appropriate to giggle at …

    Seriously … wishing you the best, sir. Much success on the treatment and hope you get well rapidly and as easily as you can …

  • kevin

    Best of luck Jeff, you’re going to pull through this just fine. We’re all in your corner.

  • Jeff,

    Be well and, for goodness sake, do what you doctor says!

  • I know what you’re going through — I am 44 years old and diagnosed with cancer (lymphoma) in April. Only health issue I’ve ever had! About to finish 6th round of chemo. Would be more than happy to talk to you. Encouraged by your blog to get into blogging and Twittering.

  • Get well soon! May God bless you, looking forward to continue to read your articles, I love them!

  • Jeff,

    Sad to hear the news and inspired by
    your optimism and sense of humor.
    Sending you positive thoughts.
    Hope all goes as you wish.
    Get well soon!


  • Craig A. Ruark, LEED AP

    I had testicular carcinoma at the age of 17 (1972), and was admitted to Sloan Kettering. At that time I was an experimental patient and Dr. Whitmore was a pioneer in cancer treatment. Here I am 37 years later and healthy as ever. Good luck to you.

  • Rob K

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Jeff. God Bless.

  • Ich drücke die Daumen.

  • JHZ

    My grandfather had this, caught it early, and is just fine. No killing that guy, nor you I reckon. Get well & keep fighting your various good fights.

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  • Best of luck in your battle, Jeff. Here’s to a successful procedure and speedy recovery.

  • Keep positive, Jeff. And good luck. Best wishes, Julie

  • Ben Rooney

    Best of luck. Love TWiG – and look forward to hearing your sagacious contributions for many years to come

  • As I said on Twitter, my friend: We’re with you, Jeff. We’re with you all the way.

    Knowing you as I do (pretty well) I am completely confident you will come out the other side stronger, better and ready to take on new challenges. Like others here, I support your decision to be public about it.

    As your cancer is treatable so are the problems you blog about treatable, and they will be waiting for you when you are fully recovered. Those who love the public way you go about things will I am sure love this, too, and they know how to root for a fellow.

    Our thoughts are with you, and we’ll be reading Buzzmachine for updates.

  • It’s quite impressive that you were able to write so WELL about this topic. In addition to the sharing and intimacy that a post like this enables, it’s also just interesting to the reader, with humor, and commentary and history. Great post that I wish you never had to write.

    Best wishes in this process.

  • Wow, Jeff. Good luck and best wishes, Toni.

  • Karin Hoegh

    Thank you for sharing – glad you discovered so soon – and good luck with the surgery.

  • Jeff

    First and foremost best wishes with this process and treatment.

    You’ll recall when we met that you didnt need a flack jacket…sounds like the armor is on in a good way as you head into this. You know our sincerest wishes are with you for a fast recovery, getting through this little turn in the road.

    Your geek tendencies serve you well…and if it is powered by Dell, well you know we “learned to listen,” so speak up. We are there. You know that you’ll come out the other side of this better and sronger

    On a more serious note, thanks for continuing to live the public life that you advocate….and challenging thinking and traditional perspectives.

    best wishes from all of us at Dell

  • Hali Weiss

    Love the way you’ve brought us all in to share this with you — and broken down the isolation and stigma that usually comes with illness.

    And thanks for your generosity in sharing the decision making process–it is bound to help others on a similar journey.

    We’re with you.

  • Luca De Fiore

    Dear Jeff, great lesson: thank you for sharing your “bad news”.
    There is a little bit of Italy in the “da Vinci” robot surgery (probably just the name); but I’m waiting for you: a journey to Italy would be perfect to complete your recovery. Best wishes from Rome, Luca De Fiore

  • Gretchen Scheiman


    We met at Advance while I was helping them build out the marketing side of their email program. I enjoyed our (few but enlightening) conversations then and have followed your blog on and off since.

    I’m sorry to hear about the little c catching up to you. Here’s hoping that you can run from it as fast as you can talk. :) With that standard, you’ll be far from it in no time.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.


  • David Eyre

    Your post has all the good things about you Jeff – open, eager to be part of a community, fearless about sharing information with others in that community, thoughtful, articulate and passionate. Hope all these good wishes have given you a lift. I just wanted to add mine to them and to wish you all the best.

  • steve

    “except now, i’ll be in a worse mood.”

    good to see it hasn’t messed with your sense of humor.

    keep up the great work!

  • michkon

    Good luck and best wishes. Keep on thinking beyond your illness. Michael

  • Makes me remember when my dad told me he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Pretty close to the worst possible news anyone could tell me, is what I thought.

    But my father had a different view. Like most pre-Baby Boomers, he’s tougher than most of us born after WWII. To him, his cancer was just some punk that was about to be put in his place. That, combined with early detection and great advances in treatment, were all he needed to beat cancer.

    Jeff, take care and know there’s a global community of support. And like my Dad’s, know your cancer is that bully waiting to be smacked off his stool.

  • Take care of yourself and get well soon.

  • With you Jeff, give it hell!

  • Ted

    Best wishes – and your doctor was right. It is something manageable – which isn’t always the case. Good luck and have a speedy recovery.

  • Edward Roussel

    Jeff – You are in great shape and the cancer has been caught early. You’ll shake it off. Your many fans are willing you a speedy recovery. Edward

  • Positive thoughts.Beat it and get back on track. Attitude is everything.

  • Long list of “Best of Luck” preceeds me. But just the same, this is a small world with many followers. Take care and keep us abreast of whatever is on your mind…

  • Aaron Dyer

    Best of luck with your upcoming treatment and recovery, we’re all in your corner.

  • Best wishes for a full recovery Jeff.

  • A characteristically brave and open announcement, Jeff, that I wish you never had to make. I’m confident you’ll get through this as smoothly as possible (stubbornness must surely be a huge advantage here!) and I’m thankful that you have the right coverage to make sure you are well taken care of. (Your friends and family, of course, have a comprehensive plan for looking after you as well. :))

  • Kay

    Jeff – you are one of the strongest people I got the chance to talk to. Best wishes for a complete recovery – und alles Gute!!

  • Andy Beeching

    +1 Well wisher Jeff. Best of luck with the treatment and hope it all goes well!

  • Just recently started reading WWGD and thank you for the new direction for my business.

    I had advanced (metastasized) breast cancer and didn’t do surgery or radiation and only had 3 chemo treatments — and it’s gone. My doctor said I should be written up in medical books and that she’d never seen anything like it. I used TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique) to reduce the stress and give my body new information that helped it heal. Using TAT just to get over the shock of the diagnosis is really helpful. I quit sugar — cancer lives off sugar — took vitamins, and did other natural approaches. If you would like more info, please get in touch with me. You may want to try natural approaches and then get tested and see if your body is healing itself…then reschedule the surgery for a little later… and repeat. That’s what I did and it worked.

    Wishing you good health.

  • Best of luck, my friend.

  • all the best!

  • Hi Jeff,

    I’m the guy who saw you on the street (on 42nd street) – black guy with shaved head? Just wanted to wish you the best…


  • One thing’s for sure: Jeff Jarvis will never bury the lede.

    Good luck to you, sir.

  • “It could always be worse” is exactly what my father says about his ailment (M.S.). I think that phrase is one of the reasons why he has done so well with it over the years. Amazing what a positive attitude can do. Forcing yourself to be open about it is brave and probably puts things in perspective so that you stay positive. A smart and courageous move all around.

    What the cancer didn’t know: You are a fighter. Probably one of the best fighters there is.

    Wishing you all the best and strength.

  • All my thoughts are with you, Jeff, from Paris, France;
    Don’t know if there’s a google way to escape to cancer, but I’m sure that hope, courage and love from your beloved ones will help you to go through that.

  • Patty Hartwell

    It is remarkable to me that you are sharing this with the whole wide world, even if you are an apostle for the public life. But now that you have, I look forward to your insights about what will be happening to you. Good luck with the surgery. There are so many rooting for you.

  • Best wishes for a prompt and full recovery. My father beat it at a much more advanced age – you can too.

  • All the best Jeff. Good luck with the treatment and all credit to you for sharing – if it prompts more men to get themselves checked then you’ve done us a real good turn.

  • Good Luck Jeff. We will try to keep your mind pre-occupied during your recovery! Hang in there.

    Katherine Kern

  • For what it’s worth, seven of my friends have had prostate cancer in the last few years, including one whose cancer was diagnosed as “stage 2, aggressive.” All of them are fine. Same goes for the friend with leukemia, a couple with breast cancer, and one with lymphoma AND brain cancer. I have nothing but respect for what medical science has been able to accomplish. I’d have every confidence it’ll do the same for you, particularly given the prognosis you’ve received.

    Thoughts and prayers are coming from the left coast anyway.

  • Best wishes, Jeff. Hope you have an easy time dealing with it and beating it.


  • Jeff:

    Adding my prayers and positive thoughts into the mix!! Kick cancer’s ass – you can do it!!


    Looking forward to the “after” post. And you know what? Pushing my husband into making sure he’s getting those PSA levels tested… So yeah, you’re having an impact.


  • Two medical research searches – for Prostate Cancer news on Eurekalert; and in particular for Pomegranate as preventive and/or treatment.

    Eurekalert news is just medical research press releases, so the only editorial filtering comes from the initial peer review, and it’s larded with industry-funded research, so do take with salt.

    Best of luck, and thank heavens it wasn’t something worse.

  • Jeff, my heart goes out to you. At the risk of sounding like I can’t empathize, it surprises me that you aren’t going to talk about your cancer much. I mean, What Would Jeff Jarvis Do in this situation? I think that you will find that you have lots of people online who want to support you — and that you already know everything you need to know about how to have us rally around you. Perhaps we can help you, if you “lean in” to this. Here’s to a speedy recovery, and yes, being in the Northeast is a blessing.

    • I’ll talk about it as much as I think is relevant to people.

  • That’s terrible news, Jeff. Best wishes and good luck in your fight.

  • Wow Jeff this is scary news but lucky to find it so early and lucky to be well-positioned for the best care possible. Also lucky to have the support of this entire community. Save travels through this. Be well.


  • wow, Jeff…good thing it was found! you’re right about the PSA…

    best to you for a very speedy recovery :)

  • Giselle Benatar

    You read news like this – and suddenly the medium you read it in seems utterly unimportant. All best. And hope to follow your speedy recovery on this blog as well.

  • Thanks for sharing. You say you may be more often in a bad mood? What if we like you crank?

  • Damian

    Dell. Ha.

  • All the best Jeff. Love your book and I think you are brilliant. Great Dell joke, will have to use :-)

  • Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Your equanimity today is to be admired. :)

  • Better a robot than a citizen surgeon. Prostate is no big deal, you’ll be fine.

  • Rosental Alves

    Get well soon, Jeff. Keep up this admirable upbeat spirit. It certainly helps a lot. And take good care of yourself. We desperately need you back here as soon as possible. All the best.

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  • Pallavi

    Hi Jeff,
    I found your blog after I skimmed through your entire book “What Would Google Do?” yesterday in 45 mins. I’m not going to say “Get well soon” or offer my sympathies. I’m going to tell you what you can eat to overcome prostrate cancer or at least reduce it since I’m a nutritionist. Consume tomatoes in any form particularly cooked form every day. Tomato ketchup, tomato sauce or cooked tomatoes in recipes are particularly great for you!
    I’m not sure if you know this already but I’d like to share it with you anyways.
    Goodluck & Your book was good!

  • Wow Jeff, what can one say?

    You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers. Your positive attitude will yield a positive outcome.

    Best to you,

  • Hal Lawton

    In case others haven’t already shared this:

    1) Pomegranate juice should be a major part of your diet from now on

    2) Tomatoes with their lycopene need to be as well. Add to that pumpkin seeds.

    3) Cookies and Cake…say goodbye. Replace with more pomegranates

  • Hal Lawton

    Just noticed that the first and only comment to mention tomatoes came just a few before mine.

    That is bad because tomatoes really are considered by scientists to be the prostate’s best friend. It should have been mentioned in every comment from everyone.

    Just last night my wife and I were about to head into our apartment building when I said “Woops, forgot to buy tomatoes when I was at the store”. We walked across a field to a vegetable stand and bought the freshest tomatoes ever sold and they were the highlight of the tuna salad meal.

    It didn’t occur to us to say “Oh well, no big deal. So we forgot tomatoes. We’ll just make do with pickles”.

    That is because lycopene is supposedly cancer’s #1 enemy. It needs to be a major part of a man’s diet.

    Cauliflower is another good food. I haven’t gotten into the habit of eating that every day…yet.

    Another big piece of advice: Buy an electromagnetic field analyzer and be sure you are not sleeping in a field of any significance at all. That sends cells into confusion.

    This means no higher than 0.02 Milligauss.

    No TV or other electrical device, especially a plug-in alarm clock, needs to be near your bed or BEHIND the wall. Do not keep your TV on standby. It must be shut off and unplugged when not in use. Your cell phone charger should not be plugged in next to you as you sleep.

    Don’t live on the ground floor of an apartment building where the distributor or feeder cable for the entire building could be located under your floor. That can kill off a family slowly.

    Also, if you want to, please do answer what insurance you may have had to pay for all this. What about those of us with VA benefits. Would we get lesser care in a VA hospital?

  • Janne

    Best of luck, Jeff.

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  • Bill Thompson

    Jeff, I’m sorry to hear your news, but know that you’ll face this as you face other challenges and come through. Sharing it is brave, but you will have support from me and all the others who have come to know and respect you and your work.

    Thinking of you

  • Lost my schoolfriend and first business partner to cancer earlier this year (and my aunty on Monday).

    All the best Jeff, I am sure that you will get the best possible treatment.

  • Jeff: As usual, your openness and courage and resilience will win. Thanks for posting to us, and keep us informed of your progress. Godspeed & fast recovery.

  • All the best Jeff,
    Hope you will recover soon.
    Reminds me of a small video I did as an amateur actor to show docs how to inform patients and how not. Bottom line: communicate open and with respect. Hope you got the right type of doc.

  • Wishing you the best Jeff and admiring your fabulous sense of humor in imagining what if your robot surgeon is made by Dell. We will be thinking of your and sending all good karma your way.

  • Hugh Winters

    Jeff – Live your life as you always have. I had Hodgkins…what else can you do?

  • You’re in my thoughts, Jeff x

  • Drew Weilage

    Wishing you the best. Thanks for sharing.

  • Great to see such an outporing of goodwill towards you, Jeff. Hope the wisdom of the crowd prevails, because if you try all of things being recommended here it might set back your recovery! Best wishes and hope to see you in glowing health very soon.

  • All our thought and prayer with you.
    Lisa and Michael

  • Alaninantwerp

    Been through it — and have hopefully kept a sense of humour. At the first prostate exam, the doctor, trying to keep me at ease while carrying out the process, asked me if I enjoyed my work just as he inserted his finger in my , well, you know where. I asked him if he enjoyed his. I have since also lost a testicle to cancer, and have now adopted the motto: ‘In the land of the eunuchs, the one-balled man is king’. Keep smiling — Tumorout will be available in all pharmacists one day (probably sponsored by the tobacco industry)

  • You’re a star of our generation Jeff and we look forward to following you as you recover from your operation.

  • Sorry to hear the bad news. But you will be fine. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  • Tom

    Sorry to hear that. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  • David Prever

    For what it’s worth, you made me laugh out loud just now with the line about Dell!

    Thinking of you Jeff, love your rants and razor sharp focus on our world. Get well soon and keep them coming for many years.

    Stay strong

  • Dear Jeff,

    I greatly respect the openness with which you write about your health challenge.

    Alysa and I send you our best wishes and thoughts. Knowing what a fighter you are and knowing your good sense of humor, we trust that you will regain your full health soon.

    Warm Regards from Germany,


  • Jeff: Sorry to hear the bad news, but glad you found it early. Obviously, you have lots of support and well-wishes from folks in the comments. Add me to that list.

    May you continue to do what you do for a long time coming.


  • Mike

    Just read your book and first visit to your site and see this posting. Smacks home how life can be. Hope all goes well.

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  • Oh no! Indeed, early detection is the best thing that can happen. If you are gonna join the health care debate, those of whom that do not not have health coverage, they won’t be so lucky to get screenings. Glad you caught it soon and I hope for a non-Dell operated robot!

  • I’m so sorry to read this, and wish you well.

  • Tom Cosgrove

    Try to avoid hormones – zolodex, casodex Side effects are horrendous. Consider watchful waiting if Gleason is reasonably low. YOU ARE NOT CURED IF PSA GOES UP AFTER SURGERY. If PSA goes up in first year you probably have metastatic prostate cancer. Radiation can have bad side effects. You are lucky; you will probably be fine!! It’s a long haul. Be good and more lucky!! I and my friends will pray for you.

  • Simon Waldman

    Jeff – so sorry to read about this. Hope everything goes well in the run up to surgery..and beyond. All the best. S.

  • Jeff

    Best wishes. Glad you caught it early. Thank you for reminding us to get screened.

    Alex VanScoy

  • Jeff,
    All the best wishes for you to rid you of this. I’ll pray for you.

  • Heather Borden Herve

    Jeff, from an old TVGuide friend, I wish you all the best in your fight against the little c cancer. Fondly, Heather

  • Paul

    Dear Jeff:

    Surgery is the way to go (been there, done that) but be sure they do the nerve sparing version. That’ll hopefully result in no lose of functionality.
    I had mine removed 6 years ago and I have been cancer free since then, and have been fully functional in ALL areas since.
    Good luck.

  • get rid of this bastard! best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  • bob

    i went through prostate cancer robotic surgery two years ago, and would suggest the following:

    1) find a prostate cancer support group and attend some of their meetings;

    2) read about and contemplate the most-prevalent side-effects, incontinence and impotence (which, of course, can happen with other treatment options as well; i just recommend you be prepared for what might happen)

    i’m 1.5+ years cancer free now (or, at least, with PSA=0.0). after surgery, i was using 12 diapers per day. that’s now down to 1 diaper per day. tolerable. i also have moderate impotence, but still have the ability to enjoy that part of life too, thanks to an understanding and caring partner. my status in these areas is probably partly related to my having encouraged my surgeon to be agressive in harvesting tissue outside the prostate, because i had what i believed to be an agressive cancer (more on that, if you’re interested, via email). all data implies, to me, that today’s “nerve sparing” surgical techniques are very successful in minimizing these kinds of problems. clearly, the talent of the surgeon is key here.

    it sounds to me like you’re on a good path. i imagine you have evaluated your surgeon (# of surgeries of this type, satisfied patients). i wish you all success with this. from my experience and reading, i think you’ve made a good choice.

    please write me if you’d like to dialogue more.

  • Hello Mr. Jarvis.

    I saw your blog link on HuffPo and just read it. I’m going to join our blog as i’m interested in following your future writings about “The small C and me”.

    Your story is so similar to that of my own this summer, however i’m about one month ahead of you. In April i learned my PSA level was on the raise. Being 46 yrs old i didn’t think it was possible that i’d have prostate cancer, i thought thats for old men. However the biopsy (which i described on Facebook as having a staple gun firing off in my ass) showed 5 out 10 samples tested positive for cancer.

    Like you, I was told surgery was my best opinion for being cancer free again. I was also told i need to lose about 12 lbs of belly fat before the surgery which i did. And on Thurs. July 30th I had my prostate removed by a surgeon using the DiVinci surgical robotic at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. If interested i’m happy to share with you my experience, thoughts and advise.

    I was you all the best as you battle your prostate cancer.

  • Christine

    You’re going to learn so much… You will survive and thrive again. My husband was diagnosed with Stage 2A Prostate cancer in April of last year. He was 52 at the time, but his PSA was normal. A smart doctor noticed a lump during a routine checkup. He had a robotic prostratectomy in May and was cancer free immediately. Here’s some things we wish we knew ahead of the surgery:

    The surgery is very hard, but it’s the correct course. Studies show that if you choose radiation and you are young, you will have good initial results, but terrible side effects 10 years later. Have the surgery if robotics is available to you.

    Don’t try to be a hero after surgery. Most men try to ditch the pain meds as soon as possible. The best thing you can do for your wife is to take your pain meds for longer than you think you will need them. You will not get addicted or be less of a man.

    Be prepared that this surgery will be a terrible strain on your marriage. You will feel terrible and your hormones will be all over the place (my spouse who is very sweet natured was very angry most of the time).

    Besides the pain of surgery, you will have to relearn how to go #1 (a 6-10 month process, so be prepared) and your sex life will change dramatically for a while (although in some ways it will be better, more intimate and intense). After a year, I promise that the problems will diminish or be normal. My husband’s issues are mostly resolved after a year. He wears bladdar pads now only as a precaution and is able to have a complete sex life again (thanks to the nerve-sparing surgery).

    Be prepared for terrible depression about 4 or 5 months after surgery. The feelings of being out of control will be overwhelming… but again, everything will get better. After all of this, I want you to know there is a silver lining… In a year, you will feel blessed to have gone through the experience.

    What has surprised my husband and me is that prostate cancer has changed my husband for the better. He doesn’t take life or me for granted anymore. He has more joy now. Instead of thinking what a terrible year we had, we now think of how blessed we are that the cancer was found early and how good it is that we had each other. It took a long time to see the good side of this cancer, but I am guessing that there will be a good side for you, too.

    • Martin

      Thank you for your intelligent, thoughtful, and very humane comments. Your husband is very fortunate.

  • Nothing but all the best wishes from here too! take care & get well soon!

  • Jeff – sending all the healing energy we can muster in your direction. Be strong, you have many friends. Wishing you all the best.

  • You are in my thoughts, Jeff. Kick cancer’s ass!

  • Dear Jeff,

    My thoughts are with you. I think you may find Mike Milken’s cookbook of interest. There are many good recipes that relate to diet and health.

    Also – there is a wonderful book by Michael Korda called Man to Man, Surviving Prostate Cancer. I know you will beat this and I am here to listen if helpful.

    Prostate cancer will strike 1 in 3 men. Perhaps your story will inspire others.

    All best, Mary

  • Dear Jeff,

    My thoughts are with you. I think you may find Mike Milken’s cookbook of interest. There are many good recipes that relate to diet and health.

    Also – there is a wonderful book by Michael Korda called Man to Man, Surviving Prostate Cancer. I know you will beat this and I am here to listen if helpful.

    Prostate cancer will strike 1 in 3 men. Perhaps your story will inspire others.

    All best, Mary

  • Hanani Rapoport

    Dear Jeff, will have a special prayer for you in the Holyland. wishing you a speedy recovery. Will follow your blog for news.

  • falkirkbairn

    hi jeff all the best from your friends here in the uk.

  • linda mccutcheon

    jeff, you will be fine. i smacked down breast cancer in 2001 and the above posts have an great deal of useful info — and more importantly — give you a small glimpse into the universe of good will, strength, and love that support you here and now. ask for what you need and don’t question your instincts. while never turning my back on little c, i now think of it as getting a boob job and a more purposeful life. we are all with you. xxoo

  • Normally, I read a comment thread before posting, but I can imagine that all 213 before me have the same message: Good luck and get well soon.

    Unfortunately, I’ve had several family members with similar diagnoses. I’m happy to report to you that all were caught early and all were treated successfully. The emotional stress of having the disease turned out to be the worst part by far. I sincerely hope the same can be said for you…

    Rest easy…

  • audrey

    A good resources to start:

    With such low volume of cancer (and assuming your Gleason is 3,3 or less and your PSA less than 10) you may want to postpone surgery or any treatment. ALL treatments have side effects. We went with seeds and are glad of the decision but we had to act right away because Bob’s numbers were higher than yours. The above resource includes men’s experiences of all different kinds of treatments. The man who created it chose to postpone his treatment for quite a while.

  • arthur

    Get well soon, Jeff.

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  • Wish you best. Get well soon Jeff.

  • Matt Stiles

    Get well. Your family needs you — and so do “we” in the press.

  • Best wishes on getting that junk zapped, Jeff!

  • Gee Ekachai

    Be strong. You will make it.

  • Carter Whitson


    Before you allow your body to be mutilated and the quality of your life irreparably altered, please, please, please, visit an oncologist to discuss possible treatment options. My radioactive seeds were implanted when I was 49. There are remarkable tests that can be performed that will highlight the specific cancerous cells for the radiologist to target.

    My procedure took place in the morning and I painted 3 rooms in my house the next day! I have been cancer-free for 7 years with undetectable levels of PSA. Good luck with your journey.

  • May you have a full and speedy recovery.

  • Wow! My older brother just went through the surgery after some hormone treatment and is making a remarkable recovery. It wasn’t a snap but his sage advice was to follow the doctor’s orders as far as activity. I’ll ask him if he remembers who powers the robot!

    I went through thyroid cancer and my doctor said that having that or prostate cancer is like treating a cold! so if you have to have it – it is easy to treat.

  • Jeff, I will hit my 10th anniversary of successful surgery for colon cancer later this month. And my older brother just recovered from successful robotic surgery for prostate cancer. You’ll be amazed at all the cancer survivors you encounter. Millions of us are living healthy, productinve lives long after this diagnosis. All the best. I blogged about my family’s cancer experience here:

  • All the best Jeff. What’s curious is that a month ago when you first started bookmarking prostrate cancer webpages on Delicious either no one picked this up, or, more likely (certainly in my case), were sensitive enough not to make an issue of it.

    On another note, your post about the heart thing (which I never knew) has given me the courage to be more open about my own heart condition, Long QT Syndrome, which doctors had never heard of when I was a kid but now awareness is spreading, and I guess as you say the more visibility, the more they’ll know.

  • debs

    Jeff – sending healing thoughts. Glad it was caught early. As the saying goes – “refuah shlemah” and it is a mitzvah for you to share for the benefit of others!

  • Mark

    Yeah, and ???

    Of what interest or benefit is it to the American consumer to learn of your personal health issues?

    Will you next be telling us you have a hangnail? The gout? The clap?

    One reads this blog for information on technology.

    One does NOT read this blog to learn about your personal life.

  • Ellen Miller

    Hey Jeff. Get better real fast. We need you to shine the light to point the way for the rest of us. A virtual hug to you.

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  • Mark

    Capitalism lest we forget Mr. Jarvis, is no place for the weak and the infirm. You either survive or you do not.

    This is a website about capitalism. I don’t recall you announcing any sort of change to that effect. If you did, please specify exactly as to when.

    This is a website about kill or be killed, about survive or die, about attack, attack, attack, attack, attack.

    Will you now be offering clips of “Born Free”? Offering to buy your readers a Coke? Singing Kumbaya?

    This website is Harvard Business School, caveat empor, carnivorous, offshore banking, savage, lobbyist in your back pocket, raw, nasty, or oh so delightfully venal.

    This most certainly is not a website for the faint of spirit or weak of mind.

    This is not a website for personal issues.

  • Wishing you all the best and a very speedy recovery.

  • Jeff,

    Sending lots of love and prayers your way. My dad went through something similar, and because it was caught early, he was 100% fine after treatment.

    Still I know it’s got to be scary to think about the illness – so here’s a lot of love and hugs coming over from the west coast. I know you’re going to beat this thing!!!


  • Jeff: Be well, be strong, beat this thing.

  • Jeff, I’m grateful to be the 233rd person to give you a rather public bearhug, albeit from a windswept Edinburgh and not from just down the road. Morgane, Catriona and I (and, of course, I’m sure Neil et la famille) send our love from across the pond, and look forward to seeing you again asap for a chilly apéritif at a Tower Bridge pizzeria. Love

  • Be well Jeff. It’s wonderful that you caught it early and will be around to rile us up for a very long time.

  • Jeff,

    You remain an inspiration. I wish you a speedy recovery, and am so glad to see you keep your sense of humor. The healing power of laughter can be amazing. That dell joke cracked me up. Health and happiness my friend.


  • Thanks for writing so openly about this, Jeff. I hope your surgery goes well and I’m happy to lend my voice to the chorus of well wishers praying for your speedy recovery.

  • Best of luck, Jeff.

  • Nicole

    My father also had the surgery and is happy, healthy and prostate cancer free two years later. His recommendation…get a private room at the hospital if you can.

  • JWhittock

    Very sad news, Jeff, but an even more courageous thing to write about it.

    Good luck with the fight, and like many, many others have already said, there are literally millions of cancer survivors these days – including my mother, who has come through twice.

    Keep strong, here’s to a quick recovery.

  • Get well soon. Everyone at Sky News sends their best. Good luck, Jeff.

  • Scott Kurnit

    Good luck, pal. You’re way stronger than the small c!

  • Candice

    Let the battle begin. Best of luck to you and your family on this journey.

  • Jeff, wishing you and your family the best – and admiring your courage to share this with the world. I know that must seem like the obvious and only course, to eat your own cooking. But it’s not. I’m wishing you a full and most public recovery.

  • Howard Polskin

    “Upgrade on Cancer Air.”
    You got off a good, funny, profound line on an awful subject. Way to battle, buddy. Your humor and attitude will serve you well in the battle…your loyal readers are behind you as your army.

  • Aaron Krouse

    Good luck, Jeff! I’m 47 and had it diagnosed last year. I’m a year out and still cancer free. My PSA was under two so I was shocked as well. I had robotic surgery with a great doctor in the LA area (Garrett Matsunaga) and am now a big fan of the procedure! Well, as much as you can be. It was a long process to choose the right course though. I feel your pain. Most men die with it; not from it. Surgery was easy. One night in the hospital, and back at work in a week. A month later I was “padless” (you know what I mean!) and was happily sporting wood soon thereafter. Your story will be great for Howard and good lesson for men. My mantra is “get your PSA checked!” Piece of cake, Jeff.

  • Had my run in with the “C word” in 2000 — changed my life. Realized I couldn’t spend more than half my waking life working for nut jobs any more. Never been happier.

    And you are approaching your treatment exactly right – research the hell out of it, pick what suits you personality and temperament, and don’t question your judgement. As one doc said to me, “you will make the right decision — the right decision for you.”

    Good luck. — diane burley

  • Just heard… yikes. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to ping me. Best wishes.

  • Mike Sciannamea

    All the best to you, Jeff, and get well soon. You have a lot of friends out there, more than you will even know, and we’re all pulling for you.

  • Thanks for sharing – I hope everything goes as well as possible and that you’re back to full health quickly. Best wishes.

  • Tansley – addendum

    My own ordeals over the years with ulcerative colitis (and it’s inherent boosting of my odds of getting colonic cancer by some 30 times the average) have made me all too aware of the fragility of human life. All the best to you, Jeff, and the hopes that the early detection will lead to a quick remission.

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  • The fact that your grandfather died of prostate cancer puts you at a higher risk, and it’s good that you were screened early. My own husband was told to wait, and by the time his PSA had climbed to astronomical numbers and they finally found it in a biopsy, the cancer was already in a lymph node. Despite that, he had a great surgery and an almost complete recovery, followed by five more years of health.

    A lot depends on something called the Gleason score, which they have probably told you about. That tells you how easy the tumor is to contain, how quickly it will grow, etc.

    My former sister in law is an OR nurse at Sloan, so if you need anything, be sure to have someone alert me and I will alert her. Even the best hospitals sometimes need you to have an advocate:-)

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  • JVN

    Jeff, I was in your shoes a few months ago and am now 7 weeks post robotic assisted laproscopic radical prostetectomy (the Davinci robot had a cameo in an episode of last season’s “Grey’s Anatomy”).

    Given my early diagnosis and relatively young age (55), the surgery was the cleanest, simplest treatment and represents a cure. I can’t imagine having cancer and not getting rid of it if you have the chance and all the experts I consulted with at the Masschusetts General Hospital, including radiology oncologists and medical oncologists, agreed that the radical prostetectomy was the best choice.

    The recovery has proven to be more annoying than difficult and I do have to fight impatience, but considering how little I slept before the surgery and how well I have slept since the surgery, it’s sure been worth it.

  • Parry

    Very admirable of you to have come up with this post. Wish you the very best for your treatment.

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  • rob

    good luck jeff. pulling for you.


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  • Hey Jeff
    Welcome to the club, as they say.
    I’ve been a fan of your journalism blog for a long time. I was blogging on journalism for a while, but now all the blog energy goes into one on prostate cancer. Please take a look some time:
    Jim Tucker
    NZ journalism teacher

  • Marie-Clare Wickham


    I just read the piece you had in the Guardian and was impressed by your positive outlook, so I came to your blog and have been even more touched and impressed by the outpourings of the public. My father has been recieving treatment for cancer for the last two years, usually I think it doesn’t take this long but unforeseen complications have prolonged the healing process. And although I respect and admire the bravery that my Father has shown it is the strength that my Mother has given to him and to us all that has had the most significant impact on me. Whilst I in no way belittle the pain and difficulties that you are going through I do believe it is important to treasure, thank and recognise the sacrifices that your loved ones will make for you in the coming months.

    I suppose I am saying that though you are the only one who is sick, you are not the only one who now feels the effects of your cancer.

    I wish you and your family well on the journey that is ahead of you and I admire your positive attitude and humour especially regarding the robotic surgery. My Father also found amusement in telling us about being able to see what the camera was seeing during his colonoscopies, hardly dinnertime conversation but definitely a family bonding experience!

    All the best,


  • Jeff I have to admit to not even having heard of you although I am a student studying journalism. Even before embarked on journalism I researched alternative cancer therapies and I think it is something you should investigate yourself. When I say alternative I don’t mean crystals and all those sort of questionable remedies. One you might want to consider is laetrile which is obtained from the seeds of apricots. Rose Shapiro has wrote a book slagging off these therapies but I have found that she offers only one side of the argument and her book is not well researched. if you go to YouTube and search for Jason Vale you will see evidence that it did indeed work for him. Shapiro also slags off Gerson Therapy without mentioning the publicity given to an Edinburgh woman who beat her cancer using this method. The lady was featured on the Richard and Judy show and was also in the Evening Chronicle. I am not a gullible person and I demand some sort of proof before I make a decision on whether something has merit or not. After 16 years of research I can come to no other conclusion that alternative methods do have something going for them.

  • Barry Garfield

    Dear Jeff,
    saw the article in this mornings Guardian about your Prostate Cancer.

    Was operated for it, this November 3 years ago with Brachytherapy: not exactly 4 weeks holiday on a beach in Thailand, but alls well now -most functions are either back to normal or near enough: PSA is 1.2

    The very best of luck

    Barry Garfield

  • Although I do not always agree with you, I find you an intelligent, progressive, and amusing author on contemporary media. You are a great resource for information, discourse, and innovation.

    I wish you all the best in your treatment.

    Warm regards,


  • RB

    Good thoughts and good vibes coming your way. Hang tough and beat this sucker.

  • Dick Lloyd


    Good luck. I call mine Thatcher so I can curse again as I did in the 80’s

    Best wishes

  • All the best for the operation and i am with you and hope that Dell not supports your chosen Hospital!

    Best regards from sunny Berlin!

  • Jeff, get well soon! I promise you one thing: Your recovery will be quicker than the one of the media industry. Well… OK… that doesn’t help.

    Be well and be strong!

  • hi,
    my best wishes to you. I´m sure you win!

  • Va Dem Sandi

    My husband was diagnosed at age 56. We were applying for life insurance and they required a blood test. The test included PSA and his was 10! In the four weeks between tests it went to 16! He did not have the “robotic” surgery nor access to Sloan, but he did have a gifted and wonderful Urologist named Mark Schmidt who’s own father had also had the same cancer. He told my son to come see him when he turned 40 as genetics has a lot to do with this “early onset” and “aggressive” form of cancer. My hubby is fine a year later. There are a couple issues, but nothing that cannot be overcome with ingenuity and frankly there was a nice benefit for me. God Bless you, thanks for the attention you are giving the issue and we wish you a great outcome! (PS the insurance was denied, but it saved his life so we will call that even!). We have been married for 30 years so he is VERY important to me.

  • Most of just share when it’s good news – you make a great example to show us the value of sharing in every single situation. My thoughts are with you, all the best and get well soon!

  • Gene

    Wonderful description for the biopsy testing – keep that sense of humor. I had the DaVinci robotic surgery a little over three years ago – was back at ‘work from home’ in 4 days and have had negligible PSA readings since then. Catching it early before it spreads and leaves the prostate is key. With robotic surgery, skilled and experienced surgeons can minimize the damage from this surgery. Best of luck!

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  • Jeff, get well soon!

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  • Martin Pitts

    I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer nearly 4 years ago. I was immediately advised to have surgery, but I was lucky enough to have an oncologist sister-in- law who explained the four alternatives – surgery, radio-therapy, brachi-therapy (“radio active seeds”) and wait and see. I was too far gone for brachi-therapy so I opted for radio-therapy thinking that if I kept all my ‘bits’ I might retain something of a normal life. It has turned out to be so and coupled with my one Flomax tablet a day and a PSA reading and conversation with the hospital once every six months, I have been in remission for about two years….another three to go and I will be regarded as ‘cured’. I will then be about 74. Looking back, the initial diagnosis was a shock, but I quickly became strangely matter of fact about becoming a ‘cancerista’. I remain matter of fact largely, I suppose, because the cure rate is good (about 70%) and I am likely to die of ‘natural’ causes before the cancer gets me. I regard it as the easy cancer….it is not lung, bowel, bone, brain tumour and so on. I have enormous sympathy for those with the difficult cancers, so I think of myself as extremely lucky, in fact I am indeed very lucky. I don’t expect this to be posted on your blog – too many words. So, watch your diet, keep active and the all very best – you will be fine.

  • Robert Paterson

    All the best Jeff – all my pals who have had Prostate Cancer are in good shape now – thinking of you – Rob

  • Best of luck for a quick recovery.

    My father-in-law and a friend both had prostrate cancer, caught it early. Both are fine. Sure you will be, too.

    Thinking of you.

  • Hi

    First of all, I wish you all the best and hope you will get better soon. I read you chose for robotic surgery. Some time ago, I visited the Prostate surgery department of the Dutch Institute for Cancer Research. They use the exact same robot. Maybe you want to check it out
    This will hopefully reassure you DELL is not involved ;)
    Anyway, again, good luck

  • Hope you get well. And I second the idea of doing like Drew and blaming everything now on the cancer. Go beat that cancer!

    Best, and keep on blogging.

  • Lea Korsgaard

    All the best from Denmark, Jeff. I really hope you get well soon!!

  • Jeff- warm thoughts and best wishes on successful treatment and continued good health.–Susan

  • Jeff
    Wishing you nothing but the very best! You will do just fine. I was in the same spot 5 years ago and had surgery. Stage 1 and they did not advise me to opt for any other treatment due to my young age! Beats walking around wondering if I did the right thing! Recovery is fast and I was in the hospital only 48 hours! No other treatment required..Thank G-D!!!
    Guys do yourself a favor and just go in for a PSA blood test and do it once a year..if there’s no jump in the #’s not foolproof and really should have your MD/DO examine you.
    All the BEST!

  • Caroline Waxler

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  • Hi Jeff,

    I read about your blog, and its reference to your prostate, in the Guardian. I found your candour fascinating. (I might have described my biopsy in more detail, though ;-)

    I’ve was recently diagnosed with early prostate cancer and I’d thought I’d blog about it, probably for the same reasons as you. You may have saved me the trouble ;-)

    Anyway, my heartfelt good wishes to you.

    I’m just on the point of choosing my treatment and, given that I’m in the UK, I might yet write about it to let the World know that European medicine is OK: there are interesting new treatments undergoing clinical trials here.

    Meanwhile, the very best of luck. I hope everything goes well for you.

    Very best wishes,


  • Pedro (España)

    Hola vivo en Madrid, tengo 55 años, quiero contarte mi experiencia, en agosto del 2008 me detectaron un cancer de prostata, gleason (4+4), al principio es un golpe muy duro,.
    Me ofrecieron dos alternativas, radioterapia y prostatectomia radical laparoscopica, uno no sabe muy bien lo que hacer, buscas información en internet, amigos, conocidos y en todos los sitios que se te ocurren, ves los efectos colaterales de los distintos tratamientos y tienes que decidir…
    Al final me decanté por la prostatectomia radical laparoscopica asistida por ordenador pensando que era la mejor opción.
    El 14 de octubre del 2008 me operaron en La Fundación Puigvert de Barcelona, el doctor Villavicencio con “El D’avincci”, estuve 4 días en el hospital y 12 días con sonda urinaria, a los 7 días fui a trabajar y a los 20 días recuperé todas las funciones. La recuperación ha sido estupenda me encuentro fenomenal y el PSA está a 0,0.
    Mucho animo y decidas lo que decidas ponte en manos de doctores con experiencia demostrada.
    Un fuerte abrazo

  • Courage Jeff !

    J’espère que votre maladie ne vous empêchera pas de continuer à croquer le monde des médias avec votre talent et votre regard acéré !

    Je vous souhaite le meilleur et le plus rapide des rétablissements !

    Guillaume H.

  • Jeff,
    the best wishes from austria. all the positiv buzz will help you for sure!

    Warm regards,

  • Jeff,
    the best wishes from Croatia. Hope You’ll get well soon!

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  • Jeff, all the best and thanks for your courage and transparency…

  • Been there, done that. Non robotic surgery – by a guy with nice, steady hands. (Make sure there is a real good backup generation set-up in your chosen theatre.) Like you, early detection (same MO, got an infection, got over it), no possibility of DRE ever finding it.

    Outcome very positive 2 1/2 years on. Nerves spared, over the worst at around the 9-month-on point, slow continued improvement ever since.

    Brace yourself – it all takes time to recover. Perhaps more than you will like. But attitude is everything: I was mad as hell that this little alien had taken up residence, and did a lot of mental zapping and Ridley Scott special effects.

    Seems to have worked.

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  • Nick

    “My only fear is that they’ll wheel me into the O.R. and I’ll see that the machine is powered by Dell.”

    This did make me laugh. Admire your continued energy and the work you’re doing which has been talked about in Aspen. Good luck with the treatment.

  • Dave

    If this blog has not done any good for you it sure has for me. My sister-in-law forwarded me this site. My biopsy showed cancer in 2 of 12 and when the doctor told me this, I was sure I would be told we would watch and wait. He told me since we had it confined to the prostate, now was the time to operate. After much research, prayer and thought, yesterday I finalized my operation date for September 4th. That will be four days after my 60th birthday. In 2001 I returned to light duty work three weeks after open heart surgery and have set high standards for my return to work after this surgery. My surgery will also be robotic and I am already planning on telling you about great results and quick recovery.

    • Best of luck, Dave. You’re going under 10 days before I am so you’ll be 10 days better.

      • Dave

        Have my surgery in the rear view mirror and I going on down
        the road. Everything has gone very to this point. They rolled
        me into surgery at 7:30 am Friday and I walked out of the
        hospital at 12 pm on Saturday. The only word I would have
        for you at this time is to make sure you have large baggy
        boxers or sweats available. My doctor told me I would have
        swelling but it has exceeded my expectations. I have had
        similar experiences in the past with other surgeries so maybe
        it is just me but anything tight is off limits at this time. I will be
        be wishing you the best next week and anxious to hear how
        it went.

  • Justin Bean

    Good luck, Jeff. I know you’ll let us know how it goes.

  • Jeff,
    all the best.
    It’s beatable, just set your mind in the right direction.
    I’m sure the surgery will go perfectly fine.

    Keep up your work and doing the thinks you love and you’ll be more than fine :)

    Great attitude sharing this BTW.

  • Kyle Cathie publish a range of healthy coookbook titles. ‘The Prostate Care Cookbook’ is an essential with those who want to eat the right things for their prostate. Absolutely yum recipes! Hope that you find it useful – it got to no.6 on Amazon Bestsellers when it first came out and is no.1 in prostate books. Here’s the link:

    All the best


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  • Carl

    This is the first time I read anyone’s blog… I’m in between biopsy and consultation (so have no sure news other than very high PSA). I’m concerned, but strengthened. I very much appreciate your writings as well as the good supportive comments made here. To add to all hope already wonderfully expressed – may I add that good mental outlook also requires new found appreciation and sincere gratitude of blessings we enjoy each day. I’m studying more and storing strength counting blessing prior to consultation. Your blog and it’s contributions are added support. My very best to you.

  • Tom Childress

    Thanks for sharing. I had robotic assisted prostatectomy 22 monthes ago…and very successful. My tumor tho, was trying to break out of the prostate itself, so now I am undergoing radiation, and I can tell isnt bad at all. Just a minor inconvenience. I am 54 y/o, and very healthy, so my purpose here is to let you know this treatment works!! And as far as sideeffects, dont let those worry you, with the Robot, its amazing!! Again, thanks for talking about this subject..its soo common, yet society doesnt seem to want to read about it, and I dont mean just prostate cancer, but cancer in general! And virtually every family has to deal with it?
    Relax, it’ll be fine, and good luck!!

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  • Just found out about your news. Made me very sad on this sunny Friday morning. I’ve just lost my mum to cancer because she found out way too late. She did not get the chance to fight the good fight, but you have. And you will win, because so many of us are thinking of you and sending you mega strength.

  • So remember, although it is stressful and life altering to receive a diagnosis of cancer, it may also be an opportunity to grow in new ways to develop new aspects of yourself that you might otherwise not have discovered.

  • Peter Sinclair

    Hallo Jeff, I read the article you did for the Guardian, so thought I’d add a comment to your well-visited blog to say that I opted for HIFU, which I’m sure your consultant will have told you about. It is being trialled nationally by the NHS in the UK, so don’t believe all the rubbish your media and Republicans spout about our health service. I’ve been offered all the most advanced prostate cancer therapies by some of the best hospitals and consultants in the world.

    Currently I am one of fewer than 50 people here who have had focal therapy to eliminate just the tumour, leaving the prostate intact (one day in hospital and one week with a catheter in May). The PSA dropped 60% but I’m due for another MRI and biopsy in November. If the PSA doesn’t continue to go down, the treatment can be repeated. Meanwhile sex and urinary functions haven’t been affected – except for getting older!

    All the best, Peter

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  • Keep strong, here’s to a quick recovery.
    The cure rate of many early stage cancer,like breast cancer,prostate cancer etc can reach more than 60%, in order to further enhance the probability of cure, the key is to achieve early stage detection, early stage diagnosis, and to take timely appropriate’s very important

  • My father just went through a battle with prostate cancer about 4 months ago – it was one of the most scary periods of my life! He emerged victorious after 2 surgeries in 3 days and is recovering nicely. He actually tried to opt for robotic but due to a history of blood clots he couldn’t find a doctor that would work with him. I heard a scary statistic the other day – if a man lives long enough he will get prostate cancer! I think its great you are posting your story to help educate the broader public on this impactful disease!

  • ron arias

    Jeff–I was the writer and tech-dummy writer down the hall who pestered you with questions about computers at People in the 80s. You were always patient and kind. Well, now you’ve done a kind thing with your prostate cancer blog. I’m having mine out next Wed. at UCLA, and though I was just alerted to your chronicle, I’ll now read it as if I’m still listening to your straight-forward, witty and helpful voice. Gracias.
    -Ron Arias

  • Jan Eide

    I have just read WWGD and enjoyed it immensely. I am sure you will beat this shit. Livestrong!

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  • It’s great for such a well-known journalist to share such a personal incident publicly, and thus raise awareness for better research and understanding of this disease.

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  • tim

    Jeff, how about a 2 year update on this?

  • dottie

    I heard you on CBC radio today doing an interview and decided to check your blog.
    Does your book have info on prostate cancer?
    Are there any other sources you’d recommend?
    Do you have any suggested readings for the partner?
    Thank you for talking publicly. There is a lot of fear and silence about this . Talking about it replaces the denial which helps no one.

    • Dottie,
      click on the “prostate” tag on this post and you’ll find everything I’ve written. (in the book, I write about the experience in terms of being public about it.) If you and your partner need anything, ask.

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  • Melody C. Cormier

    wow! jeff is such a strong person to tell the world about what he is going through. hat’s off to you jeff.

  • I had cancer my self. lucky for me the doctors found it at a very early stage, and i’m cancer free for 3 years now.
    I highly recommend to get checked on a regular basis and to be aware of the symptoms of the different types of cancer, early detection really saved my life.

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    I had no answer to this when I saw this. Even machines die like humans. We ain’t the only mortals. See this to believe:

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