Rabbi Moshe Meirovich's experience with prostate cancer

It was October 2010. Four biopsies came back positive for prostate cancer. This was a real shock because I had vigilantly monitored my PSA count for several years.
 
In the summer of 2010 I had noticed that my urine stream was not ‘normal’. My wife Judith Weinroth, who is a physician, remarked that my PSA count had gradually increased and nearly doubled over the past three years, even though it was still within the normal range. She put me in touch with a urologist, her colleague, Dr. Robert Nam at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He performed the biopsies promptly and confirmed the diagnosis: Prostate Cancer! 
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I informed Dr. Nam that I have an identical twin brother, Harvey, who lives in Israel. Dr. Nam recommended that my brother also undergo biopsy. It revealed that four core samples showed a malignancy, with an even higher Gleason score than mine. This was totally unexpected!
 
On December 1, 2010 I underwent a radical prostatectomy. Since then my PSA count has registered as less than 0.01. Harvey underwent surgery in May 2011. He required radiation therapy post-operatively, and today he too is fine.
 
My vigilance saved my life and that of my twin brother. Go by your ‘gut’ instinct regarding your health. This life is not a dress rehearsal. Know your PSA count!
 
The average man has a one-in-seven lifetime risk of prostate cancer. Early detection saves lives!
 
Today in Ontario, men still have to pay for PSA screening. Prostate Cancer Canada is currently advocating for FREE PSA testing. In support of this advocacy, my wife and I have organized a fundraiser concert in Toronto on November 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Koerner Hall.
 
ONE-IN-SEVEN: a concert in support of Prostate Cancer Canada, will be a wonderful two hour mix of music from jazz to opera to Barbershop to Broadway featuring an all-male cast, including The Ron Davis Trio, Harbourtown Sound, Arbah B’Shir (The Four Voices), two tenors – myself and Dr. Albert Weisbrot, accompanied by Gordon Brown on piano – and will introduce two amazing young musicians, JP Saxe and Raphael Weinroth-Browne.
 
Please check out our website www.prostatecancerconcert.com to purchase tickets. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact my wife at weinroth@sympatico.ca. All proceeds will be donated to Prostate Cancer Canada.
 
I look forward to your support and hope to see you there.
 
Rabbi Moshe Meirovich


 

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