This isn’t exactly what you normally hear coming from a man that just found out he has prostate cancer. You’d expect a little bit of confusion, depression, anger or at least news about a temporary leave of absence. But at 81, Warren Buffett can’t even afford to take time away from its raving business to handle the prostate cancer treatment. According to the billionaire, despite having prostate cancer, he’s feeling great.
According to the American Cancer Society, in 2011 there were 240,890 diagnosed with prostate cancer. 33,720 of the cases resulted in death. So, it’s obvious that prostate cancer is a condition that doesn’t necessary have to end in death. In the early stages, the cancer usually affects half of one lobe or even lesser of the prostate lobe.
According to Warren Buffett, the health conditions was discovered in routine blood tests that showed his PSA level was out of the charts. Shareholders have been informed that Buffett is going to undertake a two months treatment plan set to begin this summer, sometime in mid July. The choice of treatment is radiation, and the 81 year old billionaire will undergo the treatment five days a week for about two months.
The letter sent to shareholders reads: “The good news is that I’ve been told by my doctors that my condition is not remotely life-threatening or even debilitating in any meaningful way”. Buffett later said: “I feel great – as if I were in my normal excellent health. And my energy level is 100 percent”.
But undergoing the radiation therapy might change things down the line. Radiation therapy in prostate cancer results in side effects that aren’t exactly welcomed. During such a treatment, patients often feel very tired, develop bowel problems, skin reactions in the exposed area, erectile dysfunction, incontinence or urinary bleeding.
So, retirement is out of the question. In August, Warren Buffett will be 82 and at the end of the prostate cancer treatment. Dr. Ralph deVere White, director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, Davis, told Associated Press: “The chance of dying of prostate cancer for Mr. Buffett in the next 10 years is probably 2 or 3 percent, so the prognosis is great”.