Alabama’s Randy Owen Treated for Prostate Cancer
A statement from Randy's publicist reveals that during a check-up, the singer's doctor in Birmingham noticed an elevated level of a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in a routine blood test and referred him to Dr. Ronald Wheeler, M.D., a world expert in High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) and medical director of the Diagnostic Center for Disease in Sarasota, Fla. Randy, 60, chose the HIFU procedure as his form of cancer treatment which was performed by Dr. Wheeler the beginning of May and has been deemed a complete success.
"I feel very good and positive about my future," says Randy. "I look forward to seeing the fans and doing what I do."
"Randy did everything right by having his PSA checked regularly, avoiding random biopsy, and educating himself about his treatment options," says Dr. Wheeler. "He has set an example all men should follow to beat prostate cancer and live an excellent quality of life."
Randy's physician, Dr. Fritz, adds, "We are happy with the successful outcome of the treatment. Randy is doing great and is just about fully recovered."
Randy and his bandmates in Alabama have sold more than 73 million albums and were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2008, Randy released his debut solo album, 'One on One,' and a memoir titled 'Born Country.' The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon program which he co-founded in 1989 has raised over $365 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Randy will be tending to his cattle business in Ft. Payne, Ala., this summer and is expected to resume touring in mid-September.
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