I’m a 42-year old detective for the Tempe Police Department. On June 29, 2009, I was diagnosed with advanced stage prostate cancer. The cancer had spread beyond my prostate and after a 6 ½ hour surgery on July 14; the doctor was unable to remove all of the cancer. After being on hormone therapy for almost two years, completing five months of chemotherapy and 45 treatments of radiation, the cancer has now returned stronger than ever. The doctors said that my cancer was so advanced that it had probably been inside me for 3-5 years. The scary part was that there were virtually NO symptoms.
Prostate cancer is practically 100 percent curable if caught early enough to be contained within the prostate. Early detection through an annual prostate exam will save lives and since my diagnosis I’ve tried to spread the word so that no one has to endure what I’m going through right now.
“Please get tested. It’ll be the best 15 minutes you ever invested in your future.”
We are very saddened to report that POP Board Member and Tempe Police Detective, Tim Barber passed away on Saturday, August 27th, 2011, after his 2-year struggle with prostate cancer.