William Shatner has had a successful career and has been successful. The actor, best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek television series, even had the opportunity to travel to space. Shatner had a deadly condition, therefore it was challenging for him to live to be 90 years old.
William Shatner, the Star Trek actor, has eight albums to his name and has made a name for himself both in the acting and music industries. Despite all of his accomplishments, the star’s life tragically fell apart after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. In an article for NBC, Shatner discussed how he had lived a very fortunate life but had also experienced death in a number of different ways. However, the superstar understandably started to fear that his days were numbered when he was given a dismal prognosis.
“I was told by a doctor that I had a deadly condition. That I was going to die,” Shatner reportedly told NBC.
“I didn’t know how to react to this news. Actually, we were discussing my funeral.
The doctor informed me that I had cancer. I assumed there must be an error. Others encounter this as well.
Because prostate cancer frequently develops slowly, symptoms won’t show up until the prostate is large enough to obstruct the tube that urinates from the bladder into the penis.
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing was done by Shatner’s doctor to identify the specific type of cancer he has. These tests can determine whether a person has a high chance of dying from cancer and whether other non-cancerous diseases are to blame for their elevated PSA levels.
“He took my PSA, a marker for this disease, to figure out which sort it was,” Shatner said when describing his diagnosis.
It was at one or two up to that moment, which is well within acceptable levels. He stated that it was ten. “That is an aggressive form of cancer.” Ten! My own body had deceived me.
Shatner was stunned, horrified and somewhat enraged by the prognosis, and his thoughts instantly turned to the idea of dying.
He acknowledged that, intellectually, “I understood my prognosis; I had written my will, which stated that, upon my death, this person would receive this and that person would receive that.”
However, I had a more intense emotional belief that I would live forever. I objected to it. It meant that before I could enjoy a lovely slice of strudel, I had to make up my will. Death didn’t matter to me.
After trying to accept life while carrying the weight of a death sentence, Shatner discovered that testosterone supplements—the very supplements he was taking—might in some instances have anything to do with prostate cancer.
“I questioned if I should stop taking the supplements. He said, “Yeah, that would be a great idea.”
In their investigation, scientists in Baltimore, USA, collected blood samples from 759 men, 111 of whom had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Incontestable evidence that a rise in testosterone levels is connected to a higher chance of having the disease was found in the results, which showed that men over 55 were more likely to develop prostate cancer.
Contrarily, further research from the University of Oxford found that low testosterone levels were associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer whereas high testosterone levels were not.
The amount of testosterone in the body is irrelevant after the body’s limited supply of androgen receptors is “full up,” as it is impossible for a receptor to connect to a testosterone molecule. About 19,000 men’s blood samples were used to get this data, and 6,900 of those guys went on to acquire prostate cancer.
This study demonstrates that, even when high testosterone levels do not, low testosterone levels can reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. Shatner also had similar experience.
Three months later, I underwent another PSA test. It was now down to one. One. Shatner claims that the doctor hypothesized that testosterone was the blame for the elevated PSA reading.
“Cancer is regularly acquired and eliminated by the body, but that test’s sensitivity allowed it to spot even the smallest indication of it, which, when coupled with the PSA reading, led me to feel I was close to passing away. I was ecstatic to learn that I didn’t have cancer. I’m back to not dying. at least right now.
The NHS explains that “false-positive” PSA test results are common and that more reliable prostate cancer screening techniques include blood tests, physical examinations, MRI scans, and biopsies.
People with the following signs and symptoms should see a doctor, who will probably perform the above-mentioned testing:
increased frequency and regularity of overnight urine, difficulty starting to urinate (hesitancy), straining or taking their time to urinate, and an unexpected urge to use the restroom.
Poor flow, feeling as though your bladder is still partially full
Blood in the sperm or urine.
If someone is diagnosed with prostate cancer, guidance on the best treatment options will be given. If the cancer is curable, treatment options could include radiotherapy and surgery later on, or “watchful waiting” in the early stages.