Y&T’s DAVE MENIKETTI Begins Last Phase Of Radiation Therapy Treatment In Prostate Cancer Battle

Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti, who went public along with his prostate most cancers battle in February, is constant to bear radiation remedy therapy. In keeping with an replace despatched out to the Y&T e-newsletter subscribers, “After an unlucky delay from the therapy middle, Dave lastly started the final part of his radiation therapy for prostate most cancers simply this morning (June 1). He is feeling properly and is trying ahead to returning to the stage subsequent month.”

Y&T is scheduled to carry out subsequent on July 15 at Uptown Theatre in Napa, California.

The 68-year-old guitarist/vocalist mentioned his prognosis and therapy throughout an look on the April 20 episode of SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”. Relating to how he came upon that he had most cancers, he mentioned: “Again in 2018, I harm my again and was utterly out; I imply, I couldn’t play. We needed to cancel a complete European tour within the fall, which we do religiously yearly. And I am laying on my again and I am in superb ache and it was the primary time something like that had ever occurred. However one of many issues that I used to be occupied with whereas I used to be laying there’s, ‘Wow, I have not had a PSA check,’ which is the blood check that it’s a must to display your self for presumably having prostate most cancers. And I am actually good about getting my yearly exams and the whole lot else, and I noticed that I might skipped a yr or two; I believe it was the longest I might ever gone with out getting my yearly bodily or one thing. So I believed, ‘Okay, properly, I might higher get again on [track] right here.’ And I went and I had my PSA check and it got here again excessive. It was over the common… It is like zero to 4, something in that vary you are okay, and I used to be over that by slightly bit; I used to be like 5.3 or one thing. So I went in to see my urologist, and he mentioned, ‘All proper, we’re gonna should take a biopsy. And we’ll simply do a easy one within the workplace and we’ll principally ship that biopsy off and see what’s occurring.’ Properly, it got here again detrimental. However then he mentioned… A few weeks later, I used to be all, ‘Okay. Nice.’ After which a few weeks later, he goes, ‘Properly, I despatched that very same biopsy to this different lab that does one of these factor…’ And I can not keep in mind what it’s, however principally they take a look at the biopsy and so they work out whether or not or not possibly he simply missed the world the place it actually was. I imply, the prostate’s not very large, however when you’re taking 12 little samples of it, snippets of it, you might very properly miss the precise space the place if there was most cancers, if it was there or not. And in order that got here again as a 47 p.c likelihood or extra that I did nonetheless have most cancers however they simply missed it. So he mentioned, ‘So this is what we’re gonna do. We’re simply gonna watch. We’re gonna have you ever take a PSA check each six months, and we’re gonna watch it.’ And it went down slightly bit the following time, after which it went up, nevertheless it wasn’t rather more totally different than the place it was the primary time it was up. And so we simply watched it and watched it. And I saved asking, I’m going, ‘Properly, I am nonetheless over.’ He goes, ‘Properly, there’s lots of people that may be over that quantity 4 and nonetheless be okay. It is only a unusual factor; some folks simply dwell with the next quantity. However we’re simply gonna watch it.’ And he goes, ‘If it spikes up a few numbers or one thing like that, then we’re gonna do the following step.’ Properly, simply after December of final yr — on the finish of the vacation — I went in about December thirtieth or so and had my PSA and it was 6.25. And I mentioned, ‘Okay, that is getting scary.’ And I went again to him and he mentioned, ‘All proper. We’re gonna do the following step,’ which is take an MRI, a prostate MRI, which accurately takes 1000’s of slices of images of your prostate, to allow them to actually inform whether or not there’s one thing in there. And positive sufficient, there was. So he mentioned, ‘Okay, you have got prostate most cancers. So now we’re gonna take you into the hospital and do one other biopsy which is gonna be guided rather more clearly, ‘trigger we all know now the place this factor is.’ And they also took the biopsy, and he mentioned, ‘You are fortunate.’ He goes, ‘We have gotten it fairly early right here, and your scores are actually good.'”

In keeping with Meniketti, he was given “two or three” therapy choices for his prostate most cancers. “One in all them is to simply take out the prostate utterly, and the opposite one is to deal with it with radiation,” he mentioned. “And I opted for the second as a result of there are doubtlessly extra issues with taking it out at my age. While you’re youthful, it isn’t practically as large of a deal, however there’s extra issues doubtlessly, like I say. And the end result for each is strictly the identical. So it is, like, ‘I am gonna cope with this.’ So [my wife] Jill and I researched it intimately on-line, we talked to, after all, my urologist after which met the oncologist that may become involved with this determination. They usually all mentioned precisely the identical factor, that we had been researching and listening to from different most cancers survivors and such, that when you do that explicit two-stage course of, you’ve got received nearly as good of an end result as taking out the prostate utterly. So I certainly opted for that. And it is principally they insert these radioactive seeds known as brachytherapy, and so they put it straight into the prostate and so they put about 30 or 40 of them in there and so they do about 70 p.c of the work at killing the most cancers. They usually simply keep there endlessly, however they’ve a few six-month quantity of placing out full radiation after which after that they beautiful a lot die off. I had it about three weeks in the past, nearly, and I used to be form of involved, ‘trigger I had exhibits to play, and the primary one was the Fillmore one week after I had that surgical procedure. And I used to be, like, ‘Can I do that?’ And I used to be asking each medical doctors, and so they mentioned, ‘Yeah, you are most likely gonna be simply nice. You might need slightly little bit of ache,’ and so forth and so forth. However I made it by way of. After which the following week was final weekend, and each exhibits went off nice. And I had not that a lot ache total, so it was not too unhealthy.”

As for the following step in his therapy, Dave mentioned: “5 weeks after they insert these seeds, I’m going for exterior radiation, and that is 5 straight weeks of that 5 days per week. And it is very focused. They, I suppose, provide you with these little tattoos — which will likely be my first tattoos, by the best way. [Laughs]”

Meniketti went on to say that this was the most effective therapy choices for his age. “I am 68 years previous — I do not thoughts telling you that, as a result of I am pleased with the truth that I’ve nonetheless received it so far as my voice remains to be there, I can nonetheless play guitar, the band sounds nice, so I am not apprehensive about it,” he mentioned. “And [the radiation] begins about three weeks from now — someplace round there; possibly two and a half; I have not gotten the date but from the oncologist when that is gonna begin. However Jill, who’s my supervisor and my spouse, had set it up in order that I wasn’t gonna play any exhibits for at the least a month after the tip of that five-week therapy. As a result of despite the fact that I do not lose my hair or I do not get sick or something like that, you’ll doubtlessly lose some vitality halfway by way of the therapy since you’re getting doused with radiation. So it is sure to occur. But it surely’s not chemotherapy, so there’s nothing like that sort of factor.”

Dave concluded by saying that whereas prostate most cancers is the most typical sort of most cancers in males, with one in eight males getting it, it is usually probably the most treatable, with a survival price of over 90 p.c after 10 years. “That is a kind of cancers, when you catch ’em early, you will be 100% mounted — it is over; it is finished; you are sorted,” he mentioned. “I imply, positive, it may come again in some unspecified time in the future, however even when it does, they will deal with it once more. You normally outlive this most cancers, when you get it early sufficient. So, fortunately, I have gotten it early sufficient. And the urologist and the oncologist each really feel that on the finish of this five-week radiation remedy I ought to be finished. After which I’ll proceed to get PSA exams extra often to essentially double verify to be sure that the numbers go method down.”

Meniketti is the one surviving member of the Y&T lineup — then often called YESTERDAY AND TODAY — that recorded the band’s self-titled debut album.

Authentic Y&T rhythm guitarist Joey Alves died in March 2017 on the age of 63. Two founding Y&T musicians — Haze, 61, and Kennemore, 57, who each had left the lineup — died from problems of lung most cancers: Kennemore on January 7, 2011, and Haze on September 11, 2016.

Y&T‘s present lineup is rounded out by guitarist John Nymann, drummer Mike Vanderhule and bassist Aaron Leigh.

The long-lasting Bay Space rockers’ newest studio album, “Facemelter”, got here out in Might 2010 through Frontiers.

In 2019, Y&T launched its long-awaited documentary, “Y&T: On With The Present – The Documentary”, on DVD and on Blu-ray.

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