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TV therapist Dr. Drew Pinsky is set to talk about his prostate cancer on his show tonight after revealing to People that he quietly underwent surgery in July and is now cancer free.
And enjoying a satisfying sex life, thank you very much. As a doctor who advises people about sex on TV, he has no trouble discussing his own medical issues in public, especially if it can help others.
"I'm cancer-free," the host of HLN's Dr. Drew on Call tells People. "The erectile function is normal, sex drive is normal, bladder works normally. And I don't have to worry about prostate cancer."
The magazine reported today that Pinsky's doctors removed his prostate in July. He told only a small circle of friends and colleagues and returned to work in 10 days.
He first noticed symptoms two years ago after he returned from a Caribbean vacation and felt sick enough to go to the hospital. That condition passed but his wife, Susan, pushed him to get a checkup. Eventually, he learned the bad news.
"Lo and behold, I have cancer," Pinsky, 55, says. "I was doing Lifechangers" - a daytime show on The CW - "and my HLN show was going. My wife and I had this great relationship, very active sexually. This could screw everything up. It was a terrible feeling."
On his show's website, Pinsky says "I am a cancer survivor" and reports in a long post about prostate cancer that more than half of all men, by age 80, will be diagnosed with it.
"The floor goes out from under you. It's like: Oh, crap, I don't want to deal with it," Pinsky says in People. "It took me about a year to get used to the diagnosis. But by the time I went to surgery after my third biopsy, I said, 'It's time. Let's get it going.' "
Pinsky also will discuss his diagnosis and how he dealt with it on the Dr. Oz Show on Wednesday.
And what about that illness after his vacation? "Probably a red herring," he says. "I just happened to be extra sick and it just happened to send me to the hospital and my wife happened to have the right instincts."