Before he created TheActiveSurveillor.com, Howard Wolinsky was a medical writer for the Chicago Sun-Times for nearly thirty years and a regular contributor to MedPage Today and Medscape. When he was diagnosed with Gleason 6 (now also called GG1) prostate he said no thanks as he was being rushed to take on a radical treatment option. Thirteen years down the road from his cancer diagnosis he is one of the country’s most passionate advocates for active surveillance as a first (and possibly forever) step to indolent/favorable diagnoses of prostate cancer.
Links for Howard Wolinsky
- Howard Wolinsky on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/howardwolinsky
- Subscribe to The Active Surveillor: https://howardwolinsky.substack.com/
- Howard’s story in STAT News: https://www.statnews.com/2022/01/11/active-surveillance-for-prostate-cancer-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving/
- How Wolinsky became an advocate: https://www.medpagetoday.com/hematologyoncology/prostatecancer/63251
Links for Active Surveillance
- Feature on Active Surveillance in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/02/well/live/before-prostate-surgery-consider-active-surveillance.html
- Most men with low-risk prostate cancer now opt for acttive surveillance. or monitoring: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974009
- More than 60% of U.S. men with low-risk prostate cancer are now opting for active surveillance or monitoring: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974009
Additional Links for Prostate Cancer
- Understanding why Secretary Austin wanted to keep his cancer a secret, but how he can help other patients by opening up: https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/apatientsjourney/108309
- The risks of transrectal biopsies: https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/apatientsjourney/92201
- The debate between transrectal and transperineal prostate biopsy methods: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/991496
- Is low-risk disease really prostate cancer? https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/apatientsjourney/90601
The Stay in the Game podcast is sponsored by Cancer Health – online at cancerhealth.com.
Cancer Health empowers people living with prostate cancer and other cancers to actively manage and advocate for their care and improve their overall health. Launched in 2017, cancerhealth.com provides accessible information about treatment and quality of life for people with cancer and their loved ones, along with information about cancer prevention and health policy.
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