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Hall not shy on prostate cancer

SALVATORE CAPUTO | Assistant Managing Editor | Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 10:00 am

If you want a frank depiction of what it’s like to receive a prostate cancer diagnosis, read Derrick Hall’s story at pro-state.org. The Arizona Diamondbacks president, diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 42 in September 2011, depicts his dazed post-diagnosis state, including his inability to dial his wife’s number to let her know the news. 

He describes the needle biopsy in painstaking detail: “I had to substitute having lunch with giving myself my first ever enema. After proper ‘evacuation,’ as the instructions on the back of the box reference, it was off to merely 15 minutes of high anxiety. Leaning over a padded medical bed, undressed and on my knees, the procedure felt like an eternity.” The cancer turned out to be aggressive, and he made the decision to have his prostate removed. He has been cancer-free since then. 

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