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In 'Mr. 80 Percent,' An Intimate Portrayal Of Surviving Prostate Cancer 

Shanahan rings the “Good Luck Bell” to celebrate the last day of treatment. (MARK SHANAHAN)
Shanahan rings the “Good Luck Bell” to celebrate the last day of treatment. (MARK SHANAHAN)

The story of a Boston Globe reporter who decided to document his life with prostate cancer via a new — and very personal — podcast.  


Mark Shanahan, entertainment reporter at the Boston Globe. Host of the podcast “Mr. 80 Percent.” (@MarkAShanahan)

Dr. Mark Pomerantz, oncologist at The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Tom Farrington, president and founder of The Prostate Health Education Network.

From The Reading List

Boston Globe: “I knew getting prostate cancer at 48 would change me. I had no idea how much.” — “It’s a Sunday afternoon in June 2012. I need a hot shower and a handful of Advil. I’d been drinking bourbon and dancing at a friend’s wedding until the wee hours, and I’m feeling ragged as I seesaw up to my front door.”

Change Together: “Daddy’s Boys – a new play tackling prostate cancer disparity in African-American men” — “Thought provoking and emotive – a new play is offering up an entertaining way to break the silence surrounding black America’s prostate cancer crisis.”

Today Show: “Prostate cancer warning signs: What doctors say you need to know” — “What are the symptoms for prostate cancer? Here’s the thing — you probably won’t notice any.”

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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