On Bonding Around a Common Enemy

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A few weeks ago, nine men, including me, were invited by Dan Zenka, VP of communications at the Prostate Cancer Foundation (and author of the blog My New York Minute), to join him in Washington, DC on a one-day retreat.  All of ten of us are living in either the presence or aftermath of prostate […]

Thomas Cole’s Allegory of Cancer

Thomas Cole: "The Voyage of Life: Manhood" (American, 1840)

Last week, as I was wandering through the American paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., I entered a room with four large paintings, each more than four feet high and six feet wide—all painted in 1842 by the same artist, Thomas Cole.  Collectively called “The Voyage of Life,” the four paintings […]

The Mythology of Prostate Cancer

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Like most varieties of cancer, prostate cancer has a complicated mythology surrounding its prevention and treatment. Perhaps the cruelest myth about prostate cancer is that it is not really very serious, and no one dies from it.  In fact, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death by cancer among men, exceeded only by […]