At the end of September 2014 I was offered a Health/Wellman check at my GP surgery. I have to confess, like many men I almost ignored it. This was partly because as far as I was aware I was fit and well. I was working as postman and walking 8 miles a day! Since my wife had died of ovarian cancer in 2008 I had promised my children and new partner I would look after myself. So I went.
My initial result was just low haemoglobin. Further tests showed that my PSA (the prostate-specific antigen) was high at 20. That’s when my GP referred me to the hospital. I met with a urology consultant who did a digital rectal examination that then led to me having a biopsy. After the biopsy I had to wait two or three weeks, which was not a pleasant time.
The consultant was very considerate in delivering the results, but I knew it wasn’t good news when someone else came into the room and sat behind us. Then he told me that I had prostate cancer.
Fortunately the cancer was very low grade and not aggressive, but the initial reaction was terror. My only experience of cancer up to that point was watching my wife die from the disease. I just lost it completely.
My situation changed again when scanning to check if my prostate cancer had spread. A suspicious lump was noticed on the back of one of my kidneys which proved to be a tumour.
I had my prostate removed in January 2015 and I have since received the news that I have a clear margin and my PSA is now 0.01. On the 2 of April I was back in hospital to have my kidney removed. As both cancers were caught early, I do not require and have not required any further treatment and my consultants don’t expect me to need any.