I’ve done a lot of thinking about cancer. My first brush with cancer occurred in 1992, when I was diagnosed with and survived non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It was about 10 years later when I found out I had prostate cancer. I underwent radiation therapy, which successfully treated the cancer. Just a year later, the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma resurfaced. So, as you can imagine, I know what it’s like to be diagnosed, treated, and re-treated. When a publisher asked me to write The First Year: Prostate Cancer, I leapt at the opportunity.
As a patient expert for HealthCentral, I may be able to shed some light on various aspects of the disease and its diagnosis, treatment and psychological aftermath. I’m not a physician, and nothing I say is to be taken as anything more than the opinion of a man who has gone through some of the same things you’re going through. It’s from that point of view that I’ll be writing in the months to come.
In addition to writing The First Year: Prostate Cancer, Christopher has written other publications, including Staying in Charge, a handbook of information on end-of-life care. He has also produced, written and directed program material for public and commercial television, cable, and the educational/industrial markets. His career, which began in Hollywood, continued in NYC, where he was a producer of over 200 hours of programs for WNET over a nine year period, as well as Director of Programming for that outlet. His productions include The World Of Abnormal Psychology, programs for PBS, and Whose Death is it Anyway?, a PBS program on end-of-life decision-making. He has made a reputation for himself in the field of hospice and palliative care videos.