Rob Freitas doesn’t let his prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment stop him from living his life.
Diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago at age 60, Rob elected to start radiation and hormone therapy to treat his disease. Just last year – four years after his initial treatment – his cancer was back with a vengeance. His doctor performed a radical prostatectomy and then a course of chemotherapy. Although Rob did experience life-changing side effects from this treatment, he didn’t let that stop him.
Though he’d initially been diagnosed with a low PSA, his PSA after treatment has continued to rise slowly. There is currently no evidence of his cancer spreading, but a rising PSA indicates that it is likely to do so in the near future.
You don’t need to be a hero – it’s just about living your life. If there is any hero in this house, it’s my wife.
After receiving a prognosis of three to eight years to live, Rob is living his life to the fullest. Alongside his wife, they’re doing all of the things they’ve always wanted to do. He’s learning to downhill ski, traveling the world one country and adventure at a time, and taking a birthday trip to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
Rob also recently attended the ZERO Summit in Washington, DC to advocate for increased prostate cancer research funding. He is a vocal proponent of two important things: living your life the way you want to, and advocating for yourself and your health.
This [Summit] experience taught me that I need to advocate for myself, and to make noise when I don’t agree with a decision regarding my health. That’s one thing I’d tell other men: take charge of your health. Be your OWN advocate.