For years, Chris Matthews has been a mainstay in the news industry. But now he has the battle to fight that put all of that in jeopardy. In a recent stint, Matthews was missing from Hardball, which shocked loyal viewers. Matthew hardly ever went missing from the show, which he has hosted for twenty years in MSNBC. And on October 15, the mystery was resolved when fill-in host Steve Kornacki told viewers that Matthews had undergone surgery for prostate cancer.
Fortunately, the surgery went well. Kornacki told the audience at home. It was also said that Matthews would have to remain home for recovery for several more days following the surgery to make sure he was good.
On Wednesday, it was announced that surgeons “were able to remove the problem fully.”
According to the reports, Matthews saw his prostate cancer diagnosis as just another deadline that he had to beat. They said it was “another deadline to deal with in life” for the Hardball host.
Matthews is not alone in his battle with prostate cancer. Some 174,000 men are diagnosed with the disease every single year in the United States. And it affects about one in nine men who develop the disease during their lifetime. It usually comes on after the age of sixty-five. It is the second most deadly cancer among men. Only lung cancer takes more lives among men than prostate cancer.
73-year-old Matthews was ready to fight as soon as he heard that he was stricken with prostate cancer. However, prostate cancer is a dreaded diagnosis that most men fear when they reach their golden years.
Although it was unsaid what stage of prostate cancer Chris Matthews has been diagnosed with, it was said that “if I hadn’t done anything, I’d be facing a five-year situation.”
Matthews wants many more years than five on planet Earth. He was willing to do whatever it took to get rid of the disease that threatened his life and his career.
Although both healthy and cancerous prostate cells produce the protein called prostate-specific antigen or PSA, cancerous cells usually produce more of it. Because Matthews’s levels were high, doctors ordered him to undergo more tests to see if he had cancer or not.
Doctors have discovered recently that there isn’t a specific score level for PSA that indicates whether a man has a healthy prostate or not. Because Matthews had higher than normal levels, he got the MRI and a biopsy. They overlaid the results and found the alarming spot in his prostate. He needed surgery to remove it before it spread to other parts of his body. If he didn’t undergo treatments, then he’d probably not survive more than five years. That’s why he decided to jump headfirst into treatment.
“I never thought of it that way,” Matthews said about his cancer diagnosis and how it didn’t change his outlook on life. “I just thought of it as another deadline to deal with in life.”
Despite prostate cancer, Chris Matthews is as tough as ever.
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