Farrah Fawcett's longtime love interest Ryan O'Neal was recently diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer, and while he claims his outlook is good a close family member says 'grim' is a better word for describing the actor's prognosis.
According to a report from RadarOnline, O'Neal's prostate cancer has already spread, and that's certainly not a sign of early detection as he stated in his press release last week.
The cancer has spread to the Love Story actor's "bones, and other areas of his body. Ryan has been told that the odds of him being alive in five years are very bleak. Most men that are diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer rarely make it to three years. Ryan's overall prognosis is very grim," the family source explains.
It was just three years ago that Ryan O'Neal lost the love of his life, Farrah Fawcett, to anal cancer. Is he in denial about his condition because he witnessed how horribly Farrah suffered from her cancer?
"Ryan will most likely begin to suffer from excruciating bone pain, and will need to be treated aggressively with the proper medication when it gets to that point. Ryan's cancer sadly isn't curable, but his symptoms will be treated. He could choose to undergo chemotherapy if the cancer continues to grow and spread," the family source adds.
O'Neal is the father of Tatum O'Neal--a daughter with whom he had an estranged relationship for many years. The two have since sort-of reconciled and appear on a reality TV show called Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals on Oprah's OWN network.
O'Neal's son Redmond is in prison on various drug charges. He was released in shackles to visit his mother Farrah Fawcett prior to her death.
Prostate cancer is easy to detect and with regular yearly checkups rarely gets to stage 4. Do you think Ryan O'Neal had avoided having regular exams and now is paying the price for that neglect? Hopefully he will be able to win this battle against this horrible illness.
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