Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Boise Radio: Mike Kasper of KCIX Off-Air For Cancer Treatment

Mike Kasper
Best wishes to longtime Boise radio personality Mike Kasper who will be off air for at least several weeks, following surgery and other treatment for prostate cancer.

Kasper, who has been in local radio for about three decades, is a host of the Mix Morning Show on KCIX 105.9 FM MIX 106.

“I talked to him yesterday,” said Kate McGwire, who co-hosted the Mix Morning Show with Kasper for 15 years until taking a job with Ada County in January. “Mike is a very optimistic person. He’s got an awesome attitude for things like this ... He’s not doom and gloom.”

In a video and blog post on the radio station website, Kasper said he’s been having annual prostate exams and getting blood tests for about the last four or five years. A year and a half ago, his doctors told him tests indicated he needed a biopsy to test for cancer.

The Idaho Statesman reports he said he felt blindsided by a positive diagnosis for cancer.

“Unfortunately for me, it ended up being a high grade cancer and a fairly aggressive form of cancer,” Kasper said in the video. “So I have to do something about it fairly quickly. And over the last month and a half, I’ve been seeing doctors and radiologists.”

“Truthfully I’ve seen more doctors in the last two months than I’ve seen in my entire life, and I don’t mean that figuratively,” he said.

Kasper was scheduled to have surgery Tuesday to remove his prostate and the lymph nodes in his hips. He said many have asked what his symptoms were. He did not notice anything out of the ordinary.

“I feel as good now as I’ve ever felt. If I hadn’t been getting yearly checkups and having bloodwork done I wouldn’t have any idea that anything was going on,” he said.

Kasper said his prognosis is good because they caught his cancer early. He encouraged other men over 50 to start getting checked.

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