Prostate cancer survivor promotes screening exams

As an executive at an oil and gas service company, Andy Moriarty often shares safety messages with his employees. Lately, these messages have become a lot more personal and health-centered. “I’m not bashful about this disease,” says Andy, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 57. “I caught it so early because every October, I pick up the phone and schedule my annual physical.” During his last checkup, a blood test showed Andy had an elevated PSA level. A biopsy confirmed his prostate cancer diagnosis. “My biggest concern was, is it mild or did it spread to other parts?” he recalls. Choosing MD Anderson in The Woodlands for prostate cancer treatment A colleague encouraged Andy to seek treatment at MD Anderson in The Woodlands, which is only 3 miles from their office. Sean McGuire, M.D., and Marc Delclos, M.D., told him he’d caught the disease early. “This meant I had all these options: active observation, surgery, brachytherapy, radiation,” says Andy, who chose radiation therapy. Andy is scheduled to complete the last of his 39 radiation treatments in early April. Having his treatments at MD Anderson in The Woodlands has been a great convenience. “I take one hour off of work every morning,” he says. “I can keep going on with my life. I don’t need to take a 2-month leave of absence for treatment.” He hasn’t had any major side effects — just a little prostate inflammation. Still, he’s counting the days to the end. “I am so looking forward to ringing the bell because it’ll be behind me, and there’s a very good chance that I’ll never have...

Prostate cancer survivor promotes screening exams

As an executive at an oil and gas service company, Andy Moriarty often shares safety messages with his employees. Lately, these messages have become a lot more personal and health-centered. “I’m not bashful about this disease,” says Andy, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 57. “I caught it so early because every October, I pick up the phone and schedule my annual physical.” During his last checkup, a blood test showed Andy had an elevated PSA level. A biopsy confirmed his prostate cancer diagnosis. “My biggest concern was, is it mild or did it spread to other parts?” he recalls. Choosing MD Anderson in The Woodlands for prostate cancer treatment A colleague encouraged Andy to seek treatment at MD Anderson in The Woodlands, which is only 3 miles from their office. Sean McGuire, M.D., and Marc Delclos, M.D., told him he’d caught the disease early. “This meant I had all these options: active observation, surgery, brachytherapy, radiation,” says Andy, who chose radiation therapy. Andy is scheduled to complete the last of his 39 radiation treatments in early April. Having his treatments at MD Anderson in The Woodlands has been a great convenience. “I take one hour off of work every morning,” he says. “I can keep going on with my life. I don’t need to take a 2-month leave of absence for treatment.” He hasn’t had any major side effects — just a little prostate inflammation. Still, he’s counting the days to the end. “I am so looking forward to ringing the bell because it’ll be behind me, and there’s a very good chance that I’ll never have...