Clark Bartram shares all about his recent prostate cancer diagnosis and how he plans to stay motivated throughout treatment

In a recent episode of Generation Iron and Barbend’s The Mike O’Hearn Show, host Mike O’Hearn had the privilege of sitting down with fitness expert and inspirational figure Clark Bartram. In a candid conversation, Clark shared his recent diagnosis of prostate cancer and his determination to face this unexpected battle head-on. In this recap, we delve into Clark’s journey, his approach to treatment, and his newfound mission to raise awareness about prostate health.

Clark Bartram is no stranger to podcast. He’s been on numerous past episodes to help share his message of fitness, strength, and health for men past 50 years old. But now his message is taking a different turn after receiving life-changing news. He’s been diagnosed with stage-2 prostate cancer and he is now readying for a future battle against the disease.

However, Clark Bartram is remaining level-headed. He sees the upcoming battle as another fight like many throughout his life. He has always been a man who loves a challenge and loves competition. While this is a whole new kind of challenge, he is facing it the same way he’s learned to face any challenge – head-on with a level head and unlimited reserves of motivation.

Clark Bartram details the moment he received the diagnosis and goes into detail about the kinds of options men face when being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Let’s dive into this enlightening and inspiring conversation below.


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Clark Bartram’s Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Clark’s prostate cancer diagnosis came as a shock, considering his remarkable fitness and health. Upon first receiving concerns from his doctor after testing – he was told that he likely has prostate cancer unless he is an “anomaly.” Clark, perhaps somewhat in denial, initially believed he might be an exception to the statistics. His lifelong exceptional health and fitness made him, in his mind, qualify as an anomaly.

However, after after a biopsy and further testing, he was confronted with the reality that confirmed his fears, revealing the presence of a tumor.

Stage-2 Cancer

Clark’s diagnosis was classified as stage-2 cancer, an intermediate to aggressive form. The news was undoubtedly daunting, but Clark’s resilience and determination to overcome this challenge shine through as he shares his plan for treatment.

When faced with a challenge, Clark Bartram has always faced it head on. In fact, challenges often inspire him to become more motivated and more active. Due to this, while a cancer diagnosis is nothing to brush off, Clark’s mind triggered the same competitive response he always has had. At this stage in the diagnosis, he’s ready to fight. And facing challenges has always been a core of his lifestyle.

Holistic Approach

Rather than rushing into radiation therapy or surgery, Clark has chosen a holistic approach to his recovery. He believes in running a comprehensive diagnostic on his body to identify potential areas for improvement that could aid in reducing the cancer’s impact. This approach aligns with his desire to maintain a high quality of life, avoiding the potential complications that surgery can entail, such as loss of erections and urinary function.

Clark Bartram’s entire life has been dedicated to strength, health, and fitness. He isn’t willing to sacrifice that lifestyle due to the side effects caused by certain treatments.

Clark Bartram’s Choice About Androgen Deprivation Therapy

One treatment option presented to Clark was Androgen Deprivation Therapy, which would lower his testosterone levels significantly. Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is a treatment for prostate cancer that uses surgery or medicines to lower the levels of androgens made by the testicles. ADT is part of the standard of care for advanced metastatic prostate cancer.

ADT can cause mood changes, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Tension
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of vigor

Clark Bartram points out that this kind of therapy is actually very similar to what transgender individuals use when transitioning from a man to a woman. It essentially strips testosterone from the male body. Typically, a transgender person will go through years of counseling in order to determine if this treatment is right for them. However, when faced with a prostate cancer diagnosis – a man may be expected to make a decision about ADT within a day.

Clark, whose life revolves around fitness, is hesitant to sacrifice his quality of life with low testosterone. He is willing to explore other options with slightly lower success rates to maintain his vitality.


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Maintaining Perspective

Throughout the interview, Clark emphasizes the importance of not letting anxiety dictate one’s treatment decisions. He believes that maintaining a level head is crucial when facing such a life-altering diagnosis. Every individual’s circumstances and priorities are unique, and Clark encourages patients to make the choices that align with their personal values and goals.

“Don’t let your anxiety dictate your treatment.”

– Clark Bartram

A New Mission

In the face of adversity, Clark has discovered a new purpose. He has always been dedicated to helping men over 50 in the fitness and nutrition space, and now, he intends to extend his support to those battling prostate cancer. Clark’s determination to share his experiences and provide guidance to men going through a similar journey is truly inspiring.

Clark’s Nonprofit Organization: Bend Over And Check It Like A Man

Clark Bartram ends the discussion by announcing that he has founded a nonprofit organization called “Bend Over And Check It Like A Man” with the goal of raising half a million dollars to promote prostate exams and PSA level checks for men across America. The organization aims to provide access to blood test results, eliminating excuses for men to avoid vital screenings.

For more information about the nonprofit and how you can donate, visit the official website right here. (UPDATE!!!!)

Wrap Up

Clark Bartram’s journey through prostate cancer is a testament to the power of resilience, hope, and a holistic approach to health. His determination to maintain a high quality of life while battling this disease is an inspiration to many. As he embarks on this new mission to raise awareness and support other men facing prostate cancer, Clark’s story reminds us of the importance of proactive healthcare and the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

You can watch the full episode of The Mike O’Hearn Show above. Make sure to check back every Friday for new episodes only on the Generation Iron Fitness Network or wherever podcasts are downloaded.

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