All things health wise!

Hello everyone 🙂

So, January is over and thank goodness for that but still no let up in the nasty wet weather. This blog is about some health issues.

Prostate Cancer

We had some bad news on the 31 January. My husband John has been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer! Luckily he has a great GP who tested him regularly and then got him referred (he’d had prostate trouble before but it wasn’t cancer). The hospital got him a quick appointment and following an uncomfortable afternoon having a biopsy we had to wait about 10 days for the results.

The hospital had him in to see the Consultant within a couple of days and we sat in the waiting room wondering what would be the outcome. We walked into the consultant’s office and there was a nurse in there too. She sat to the side with a folder of information – I knew then the result was cancer! The consultant was very good, explained what the prognosis is, which is good! Apparently, John has a low-grade cancer in 5% of his prostate. It’s so small they could’ve missed it, in fact the consultant explained that most men over 50 could have it and in autopsies on men who have died in accidents and had heart attacks etc, it is found the they all have prostate problems, if not cancer. It’s a worrying thought! However, he did explain very clearly that low-grade prostate cancer is usually treated with active monitoring which means that they take regular blood tests and after 2 years, if the levels stay the same (or before if they rise) they do more tests and take another biopsy to check.

There was to be a case conference at the main prostate cancer hospital (Guys) on 4/2/14 and the nurse should’ve rung us to let us know what they said. As of today (8/2/14) no call. Although, it is almost a forgone conclusion that they will recommend active monitoring as the side effects from an operation or radiotherapy are far worse than the actual cancer. Prostate Cancer is a slow-growing cancer and most men who have it don’t have any problem until they are into their late 70s early 80s and that’s when invasive treatment is recommended (unless it spreads beforehand – which is why the PSA levels are checked regularly).

John and I have discussed the pros and cons and we are going to stick with Active Monitoring for now and John is being proactive by changing his diet by drinking 6 cups of green tea a day and eating more of the things he already does plus some things that he’s not been too keen on in the past! He’s even started using Soya Milk on his cereal (I can’t stand the stuff!). He’s hoping it will help protect him from the cancer getting any worse, I’m just glad that he’s being positive and not letting things get him down. So, here we all go into the future with the C word in our heads but not in our hearts, we will not let it get to us!

Prostate cancer is in the news at the moment with the new Men United campaign headed by the comedian Bill Bailey it is a great campaign bringing awareness to all men. I’ve put the link to the Prostate Cancer website here for you to get more information.