7 episodes

Host Mark Shanahan shares a deeply personal, sometimes harrowing, often funny, always true story about prostate cancer, a disease that affects him and millions of other men. With bracing candor and an eye for the absurd, Mark confronts cultural attitudes about masculinity, controversies surrounding screening and treatment, and his own biggest fear: that his diagnosis would wreck the healthy sex life he enjoyed with his wife. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Mr. 80 Percent is a heartfelt, hilarious, and helpful resource for men (and their families) touched by this disease.

Mr. 80 Percent The Boston Globe

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    • 4.0 • 308 Ratings

Host Mark Shanahan shares a deeply personal, sometimes harrowing, often funny, always true story about prostate cancer, a disease that affects him and millions of other men. With bracing candor and an eye for the absurd, Mark confronts cultural attitudes about masculinity, controversies surrounding screening and treatment, and his own biggest fear: that his diagnosis would wreck the healthy sex life he enjoyed with his wife. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Mr. 80 Percent is a heartfelt, hilarious, and helpful resource for men (and their families) touched by this disease.

    Episode 6: That Old Feeling

    Episode 6: That Old Feeling

    When Mark comes out the other side, he’s decidedly not the man he used to be. But he has dodged the two outcomes he feared most: death and life without sex. Post-treatment, Mark reaches an uneasy peace with his status as a cancer survivor -- relieved, but dreading the prospect of the cancer’s return. For more, visit bostonglobe.com/prostate. Email us at prostate@globe.com.

    • 30 min
    Episode 5: The Manopause

    Episode 5: The Manopause

    Mark confronts a disturbing reality: His surgery didn't get all the cancer. Which means he must undergo hormone therapy and radiation, a course of treatment that produces hot flashes, temper tantrums, and wild mood swings. The bonds of family and friends are severely tested, and it's their turn to testify. For more, visit bostonglobe.com/prostate. Email us at prostate@globe.com.

    • 36 min
    Episode 4: Our Prostates, Ourselves

    Episode 4: Our Prostates, Ourselves

    If you're Black and prostate cancer runs in your family, well, that's a lottery ticket nobody wants. Tom Farrington was holding one, and he's made it his mission ever since to educate Black men about their elevated risk for getting the disease. Tom talks to Mark about losing his father and both grandfathers to it. Mark also introduces us to Bill Tinney, whose impotence following a prostatectomy turned him into an evangelist for penile implants. For more, visit bostonglobe.com/prostate. Email us at prostate@globe.com.

    • 31 min
    Episode 3: Hands of God

    Episode 3: Hands of God

    Mark makes his fateful decision: He will have his prostate removed. So he hunts for the best surgeon he can find. The trail begins with Dr. Patrick Walsh, a guru in the field of urology who revolutionized prostate cancer treatment by preserving men's sexual function. For more, visit bostonglobe.com/prostate. Email us at prostate@globe.com.

    • 27 min
    Episode 2: Chasing Hutch

    Episode 2: Chasing Hutch

    As Mark begins to contemplate life as a cancer patient, he's got two major worries: dying, and wrecking the sexual renaissance he's enjoying with his wife, Michelle. And not necessarily in that order. What will treatment mean for his marriage, and for his identity as a man? For more, visit bostonglobe.com/prostate. Email us at prostate@globe.com.

    • 25 min
    Episode 1: Twelve Uneasy Pieces

    Episode 1: Twelve Uneasy Pieces

    One day, Mark thinks he's Peter Pan. The next, he's diagnosed with prostate cancer and forced to confront his mortality. At 48. With a wife and two young kids. As Mark considers his treatment options, he pauses to wonder: If prostate cancer is so prevalent, why don't men talk about it? For more, visit bostonglobe.com/prostate. Email us at prostate@globe.com.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
308 Ratings

308 Ratings

GiG TellmeMore ,

Excellent Podcast - very candid

I really enjoyed your podcast series describing your long and eventful cancer story. I think this is the norm for prostate cancer. I am also a prostate cancer survivor but I have experienced a relapse with metastases. My myriad of treatments have been constant since 2017. The side effects are more severe than your description, unfortunately. Thank you for sharing your journey! And I wish you continued health! Your podcast was very well done with both humor and medical information. It gave me a a few chuckles. It also gave me some thoughts about how to talk to my children about my condition. Thank you again.

Stevef58 ,

He told my own story and journey

Listening to this was almost like listening to someone telling my journey, as I went through every single event and process Mark went through. Prostatectomy, hormone shot, radiation. Thanks for getting this topic “out there” for guys who either don’t know about it or are too scared to listen. It’s real bit there is life after prostate cancer.

Art MM ,

Prostate cancer is not funny!

Jovial music. Light hearted discussion with funny twists. Isn't prostate cancer just hilarious!

This podcaster apparently thinks so.

I was recently diagnosed and this morning had a bone biopsy because it may have spread.

I might die from metastasized prostate cancer b/c my doctor was not giving me regular PSA tests.

What could possibly be funnier than that.

Best case I am looking at a year of incontinence, 50/50 likely lifetime impotence and a curtailed life span. Thats if I am lucky.

I was so looking forward to a serious discussion and set of anecdotes that might inspire and educate.

Instead we get a comedy routine.

Suggestion to the podcaster. Do a fresh edit. Lose the jovial music. Take the disease seriously. It mains and kills.

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