Andrew Lloyd Webber, famous composer and the brains behind no less than 13 successful musicals including Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Starlight Express, is celebrated worldwide and his stageshows are revered across the globe.
The British-born composer and producer, who penned his first piece at the age of nine, has received countless awards, including an Oscar, seven Tony Awards and three Grammy Awards for works such as ‘Jesus Christ: Superstar’.
But in 2010 Llloyd Webber’s spokespeople released a written statement confirming the producer was suffering from prostate cancer which read as follows: “The condition is in its very early stages. Andrew is now undergoing treatment and expects to be fully back at work before the end of the year.”
At the time, Lloyd Webber was releasing the long-awaited sequel to ‘Phantom of the Opera’, entitled ‘Phantom: Love Never Dies’ 2010. He began writing the story in 1990 but it wasn’t until 2007 that he started working on the music for the show.
The composer, born 22nd March, 1948, had a short stay in hospital, receiving initial treatment for prostate cancer but complications arose over time. Webber was keen to explore alternative therapies to treat the cancer but succumbed to doctor’s wishes after they advised that a prostatectomy would almost guarantee a 100% success.
The surgery was successful and Webber made a full recovery but has since resigned himself to a life without sex due to impotence caused by the operation.
The prostate is a gland located in the male reproductive system, in between the bladder and the rectum. Prostate literally stands for “the guardian” and its primary function is to help make and store seminal fluid in addition to producing an alkaline secretion that is ejaculated with semen.
Prostate cancer is when the cells of the prostate begin to grow uncontrollably, and typically affects men over the age of 50.