Phil Lesh had surgery on Tuesday, December 5th at the Vattikuti Urology Institute at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, the leading center for prostate cancer and urology health in the US. The Vattikuti Institute developed the robotic surgery method used for Phil's surgery, treats people from all over the world, and teaches the
methodologies they have developed to many other doctors.
His surgery went very well, although he did require blood transfusions. He is already out of the hospital and is healing well.
The Unbroken Chain Foundation is asking phans to donate blood this month in honor of Phil. In honor of your commitment, UBC will donate $10.00 to the Vattikuti Urology Institute for every pint donated through December 31st, 2006 (to a maximum of $50,000).
After you have donated, please send an email to email@example.com with the subject "I Gave Blood". Please include your name, blood bank name, city, and state.
Thank you for your love and support.
Phil looks forward to being back making music with you soon.
For more information please head over to www.phillesh.com.
Message from Phil Lesh on 10.26.2006:
What do I have in common with Rudy Giuliani, John Kerry, Bob Dole, Joe Torre, Nelson Mandela, Sean Connery, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Emperor Akihito of Japan, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell, Quincy Jones, Roger Moore, Sydney Poitier, and Robert De Niro?
Like them, and along with thousands of other men, I have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Since my liver transplant, my health has been monitored by a crack team of doctors; in the course of this program, I have periodic blood tests and clinic visits. At my last clinic, my doctor noticed that my PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) levels had increased over the last period. He recommended that I see a urologist, and a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis. I have decided to have it removed in early December with da Vinci robotic surgery. Since we've caught it very early, and it's small and slow-growing, I fully expect to have a rapid and complete recovery.
I am feeling energetic as always, and all my scheduled appearances will occur as planned.
As you know, I urge everyone to become an organ donor to help save lives. Now, I am also urging all men: speak to your doctor about having periodic regular PSA screening for early detection of prostate cancer- you may save your own life.