First of all, if he had any type of medical problem it would change his perspective on things. From a marketing standpoint, Sheen has been brilliant. Maybe he has been held back by the traditional roles and media (movies and tv) and has been yearning for something new. I understand he has sold out a live show in New York at the Radio City Music Hall. I’d go to see what he’s about. Is he exploding, imploding or is he brilliant. He doesn’t really look well to me…maybe he is sick from something.
Anyway…Robert DeNiro chose to have his prostate removed. So did Arnold Palmer. Rudy chose seeds. The people writing books with titles like….cure without the knife or beware of a urologist taking your prostate from you etc…all used radiation of some sort. The really “smart” and informed patients who have the money to do it….might consider non FDA approved methods and go out of the country for a treatment. John Wayne? He’d have it out by the open method. James Brown…he chose cryotherapy.
Now hold on a minute….am I being sarcastic…well yes but don’t get me wrong. I think there is promise for HIFU and the NanoKnife and a role for proton therapy and I am not opposed to surveillance, robotic, open prostatectomy, external beam or seeds. I like them all………..
My point is this….the treatment a patient chooses often times has to do with the type of person they are and their financial resources. Having extra cash complicates things because you begin to think….”I can do anything and I can go anywhere to have it done.” So when a patient of mine scheduled an office visit in Miami with a urologist after I diagnosed his prostate cancer, then flew to the Bahama’s to have HIFU and came home with a suprapubic catheter in and had to wear it for five days, and then called me and told me that the suprapubic catheter was a “new way” to have a catheter and asked what would happen if there was a problem with the catheter and he was in Atlanta and his doctor was in Miami……..I thought of Charlie Sheen.
So what would ole Charlie do? He’d have Proton Radiation and he’d do it in California.
What do you think?