22 April 2013
Bill in action with Hot Wyred
Bill Dodwell turned 60 and went to see his GP in November 2011 as he had been experiencing what he thought was a minor urinary problem, a bit of dribbling after he had urinated. The doctor sent Bill for a blood test and called him the next day to say his PSA level was very high (138) and was arranging for him to see a consultant urologist at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bromsgrove.
Bill explains what followed:
'I saw the urologist just before New Year and he carried out a DRE (digital rectal examination) and said my prostate gland was very hard and lumpy and it was likely I had cancer.
I was sent for a biopsy, which confirmed the consultant’s suspicions and my Gleason score was 7/8, which is high and it was possible my cancer had spread to my bones or surrounding organs.
I was put on a hormone treatment called Zoladex, which is an implant injected into the skin of the abdomen and prevents the production of testosterone as this causes the cancer to grow. Within a couple of months my PSA was down to 7 and is currently at 3 so the condition is stable.
A bone scan showed a suspect area on my pelvis but subsequent tests showed this was likely to be a benign condition called Pagett’s Disease. So I have advanced prostate cancer that is not operable and my life expectancy has been assessed by my oncologist at 5 years. I intend to prove him wrong.
I enjoy playing the guitar and am currently lead guitarist with my band Hot Wyred http://hotwyred.co.uk . Being on Zoladex has a variety of side effects including hot flushes, fatigue, lack of sleep, impotence and lack of sex drive. I have continued to play with my band as it is important to have something good to focus on and this has so far been one of our busiest years. I plan to continue to gig with the band for as long as I am well enough to do so.'