November 18, 2020
"Today" co-host and beloved weather forecaster Al Roker recently gave an update on how his prostate cancer surgery went and how he has been feeling post-surgery.
Beloved weather forecaster and "Today" show host Al Roker is in high spirits after a successful prostate cancer surgery, and he shared his joy and good news with viewers of the show.
On Tuesday's episode of the "Today" show, Roker revealed that he had received some good news after he underwent surgery in the past week. He expressed that the pathology report he got after the surgery proves that there is no evidence of cancer beyond the prostate region.
He added that the report was a great relief to him and his family, as this was something they feared. Roker further mentioned that he was going to be up for lifelong testing to make sure cancer does not return.
The 66-year-old weatherman had to undergo a five-hour surgery done by Dr. Vincent Laudone at New York City's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and speaking of his surgery, he said:
"I feel good. The technology has gotten so good - they did it with a robot - that I felt much better after the surgery than I did with any of my joint replacements."
Roker added that he did not feel like he had undergone major surgery, and the only disturbing thing for him post-surgery was the swelling around his stomach. According to him, the swelling makes it difficult for clothes to fit right now.
Roker has chosen to share his journey with prostate cancer with the public because most African American men are naive when it comes to the topic.
He further intimated that he would have to return to the doctor in January for a blood test to determine the levels of his prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and if all check out properly, he will not have to get tested for another six months.
Roker would, however, have to undergo testing every six months for the next five years. Speaking on the surgery and how everything turned out, his doctor expressed:
"We would say that Al has no evidence of any cancer, but we'll continue to monitor him for several years."
Roker has chosen to share his journey with prostate cancer with the public because he believes most African American men are naive when it comes to the topic, and they need to be aware as they tend to be affected more by prostate cancer.
Through these trying times, Roker has been surrounded by the love of his wife, Deborah Roberts, his children: Courtney, Leila, and Nick. He has also gotten lots of love from his colleagues, friends, and fans, who always send him encouraging messages.
According to his wife, Roker is one of the strongest people she has ever come across, and his indomitable spirit has helped him brave this cancer surgery with all the needed motivation without breaking his spirit or dulling his cheer.
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