Hardball host Chris Matthews has been talking about his prostate cancer since the first time since his diagnosis in a Wednesday interview with Men's health.
Loyal viewers noticed that the notoriously brash talk show anchor was missing in his night program last month, an almost unprecedented absence in this 20-year tenure in the show, without explanation.
On October 15, fill-in host Steve Kornacki announced that Matthews had undergone prostate cancer surgery, which had gone well, and that he would recover for a few more days after that Monday evening episode.
He said on Wednesday that surgeons & # 39; were able to fully solve the problem & # 39 ;, and revealed that he classically regarded that diagnosis as & # 39; just … another deadline to deal with in life & # 39 ;.
Hardball host, Chris Matthews, 73, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year. He was operated on October 7 to remove the tumor and claimed that doctors could get it all
Matthews is one of the approximately 174,650 men who is expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.
About one in nine men develops the disease over the course of their lives, usually after the age of 65.
Matthews, 73, was fully engaged in his diagnosis, but prostate cancer is one of the more feared sentences men hear from their doctors.
The disease is the second most deadly cancer for men, outdated by lung cancer alone.
It is not clear at what stage Matthews was cancer, but he revealed that & # 39; if I had done nothing, I would encounter a five-year situation & # 39 ;.
Earlier this fall, Matthews doctors noted that his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were slightly higher than normal.
Matthews has been organizing Hardball for 20 years and says he would consider cancer operations as & # 39; just another deadline & # 39;
Both healthy prostate cells and cancer cells produce the protein, but more of them can usually be higher in the blood of men with prostate cancer.
Doctors have discovered in recent years that there is no single score or range of scores that indicate a normal prostate, but relative height can be a precursor to cancer.
The PSA levels of Matthews had remained stable at a five, but suddenly came out at a seven.
He said the result was not alarming, but significant enough that his doctors did a physical, MRI, and biopsy.
By covering the results, they found a worrying place in his prostate, but it seemed that the cancer was isolated for the organ.
Doctors told him to start treatment to ensure that he would have been in existence for more than five years.
When Men & # 39; s Health suggested that that potential prognosis could place things in a new prospect, Matthews said his answer was more obvious.
& # 39; I've never thought of it that way. I just saw it as a new deadline to deal with in life, "Matthews said.
Without surgery, Matthews said he might have seen only five years to live, but he & # 39; no other problems & # 39; has now had surgery. Pictured: at the funeral of former President George HW Bush
& # 39; And you just have to make a decision. Like watching TV every night. You have to do it. & # 39;
In the case of Matthews, it became & # 39; the & # 39; treated, via surgery, instead of radiation.
He was booked for surgery to have the tumor removed on October 7 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and made the whole test like a breeze in his interview with Men & # 39; s Health.
& # 39; I had no stress. I got up that morning. Kathleen, my wife, drove me there, went with me. It was one of those things in life, such as taking the SAT & GRE & # 39; s, & # 39; said Matthews.
& # 39; It's something you have to go through. I didn't see it as frightening. & # 39;
The timing of the diagnosis and the operation were lucky. The surgeons discovered that the cancer was moving toward the & # 39; periphery & # 39; of his prostate demolition – which meant it could have spread rapidly to other organs, a step that makes cancer much more dangerous.
But the NIH surgeons were able to remove all tumors, Matthews said.
After being only two weeks off to undergo and recover from surgery, Matthews is ready to be back in the anchor chair, he told Men & # 39; s Health
& # 39; They said I was free from all other problems, & # 39; he said to Men & # 39; s Health.
He only left Hardball for two weeks while undergoing surgery and recovering – insisting it was more than enough.
& # 39; It is a long time to work in this industry, & # 39; said Matthews.
But he says that his short free time is not about pressure to return, but about passion politics.
& # 39; I'm not crazy, I can take off. I love Saturday morning. It is my favorite time of the week. And one of the things that I like is reading the newspaper. Because I don't have to read it. But I read it because I love it. & # 39;
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