WKYT anchor Sam Dick is finishing seven weeks of radiation therapy to continue to fight his prostate cancer, which was diagnosed 31/2 years ago.
Dick, who had his prostate removed in 2010 and had hoped he was done fighting the disease, said his doctor had noticed a continuing increase in his prostate specific antigen, or PSA, levels. The Prostate Cancer Foundation estimates that about 25 percent to 33 percent of men with prostate cancer will experience a reappearance of their cancer after surgery or radiation.
Dick said the cancer for which he has been most recently treated is what remained after his 2010 surgery.
Dick's father, former CBS newsman and Kentucky author David Dick, also had prostate cancer. He died in 2010.
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Sam Dick, who has been at WKYT-TV since 1987, said he will find out in two months how effective the latest round of radiation has been. From there, he said, he and his wife Noelle Dick are prepared for whatever information they are given.
He urges men, even those who have had their prostates removed, to continue to be advocates for their health and to keep updated with whatever diagnostic tests are necessary.
Dick, 58, who has continued to work on air throughout his radiation treatment, said treatment "really hasn't been bad. ... Essentially, it's 15 minutes on a table. ... I've continued to exercise and try to maintain the level of fitness I have had for some time."
In fact, Dick said, he will participate in an Iron Man Half-Triathlon on Saturday at Laurel Lake. The event entails swimming, biking and running a total of 70.3 miles.
He said he and his family initially felt disappointment with the need for additional treatment because after his initial bout with prostate cancer, "I thought I was home free."
Now, he said, "I will be having my PSA monitored for the rest of my life."
With cancer, Dick said, "There never seems to be a definitive, 'We're done.'"
Still, he said, "I'm thinking that I'm going to be OK. I'm pretty optimistic, a glass half-full kind of guy. ... The message is to take care of your health. You need to monitor it and not stop."