No evidence of disease
I used conventional and non-conventional treatments at the same time to overcome my challenge.
Biopsy or Pathology Report
Chemotherapy, Surgery, Radiation
I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer (PSA 50 and Gleason 4/4 at all 12 cores, and lymph node positive) on December 21, 2012, and given 6-12 months to live by the Phoenix VA (Veteran's Administration) and no treatments were offered. [He then sought out additional opinions, and found doctors who were willing to treat him].
Steve Cooper was diagnosed on December 21, 2012, with stage 4 prostate cancer (PSA of 50, Gleason 4/4 at all 12 biopsy sites, and lymph node positive) and given six to 12 months to live. Steveäó»s case was ruled inoperable by the Phoenix VA prompting him to seek out other options in the private sector. He had a radical prostatectomy on January 23, 2013, and soon after made a decision to fight his cancer with a äóìNever Quit!!äó attitude and has been going strong ever since. While on Lupron and undergoing radiation treatment, Steve was the first person in the world to complete an Ironman during radiation by finishing the 2013 Arizona Ironman on November 16, 2013, which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run, for a total of 140.6 miles.
One year later Steve underwent 18 weeks of chemotherapy at the advice of Dr. Vogelzang, one of the world's leading oncologist. On December 6, 2014, Steve made history once again, by becoming the first person to also complete a full 140.6 mile Iron distance triathlon during chemotherapy and while still on Lupron. During chemotherapy infusions, Steve would often peddle a stationary bike, and he ran 26.2 miles on the days of the first two chemo sessions, then completed a 70.3 mile triathlon on the day of his third chemo session, and did 16 mile triathlons on his 4th and 6th rounds. He skipped training on his 5th round since he completed a full 140.6 mile Iron distance triathlon two days prior. Steve set out to demonstrate that you can get stronger during chemotherapy, and his Ironman during chemo was indeed 15 minutes faster than the previous year. Also, Steve's trainer Kyle at Triplex Training conducted fitness assessments of Steve throughout chemo, and all of Steve's scores improved during chemotherapy.
Steveäó»s äóìNever Quit!!äó attitude can be traced back to his U.S. Army career, having completed a highly distinguished 18 year military career. Today, he is the CEO of Todayäó»s Campus media company, which publishes the largest feature magazine in higher education and is also a board member for Zero: The End of Prostate Cancer. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his dog Lexi, who has been by his side since the summer of 2013. You can connect with Steve at RadioactiveIronman.com or at Facebook.com/RadioactiveIronman
UPDATE: As of October 2020, Steve is thriving post-diagnosis.
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