Listen to men talk about their experiences - being diagnosed with prostate cancer, making treatment decisions and facing the changes which occurred after treatment.
Diagnosed in 2000 at 49 years, Alan was on active surveillance for 10 years before having surgery to remove his prostate, and he talks about how this was not an easy decision to arrive at. He was recently married at the time and keeping his partner involved in his decisions was important so they could support each other and work together on intimacy and relationship issues. Support groups were also an important part of Alan’s recovery, helping him feel less alone.
Paul was 49 years old when he was diagnosed back in 2018 due to an elevated PSA level. Six months later, he was treated with brachytherapy, a form of radiation treatment. He talks about his journey through diagnosis, treatment and coping with the physical, mental and emotional changes brought about by treatment, as well as the impact on his partner. Paul highlights the importance of having regular PSA tests, and keeping physically and mentally fit after treatment.
Colin had his prostate removed by surgery after diagnosis
at the age of 58 years
in 2005. He talks about the importance of a second opinion and finding out as much as possible about available treatment options. Colin shares how he manages ongoing urinary issues and maintains sexual intimacy with his partner. He also highlights the importance of regular PSA testing and sharing your experience with other people, especially your partner and close friends.
Diagnosed with prostate cancer at 67 years, due to difficulties with urinating and erection, Andy had a radical prostatectomy. He describes his recovery after surgery and the importance of pelvic floor exercises (Kegels) for controlling urine leaks. He also talks about the impact of treatment on sexual wellbeing and intimacy with his partner.
A sharp increase in prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels following four years of regular PSA monitoring saw Colin being diagnosed with a mild form of prostate cancer at 60 years. Colin describes his experience on active surveillance, and how he is monitored with regular reviews and a range of tests.
Iain had a radical prostatectomy to remove prostate cancer soon after diagnosis at the age of 59 years. He describes his recovery from surgery, managing the side effects and subsequently going through 7 weeks of radiation therapy. He says the support of his partner of 35 years through this whole experience has resulted in a stronger relationship.
Robert was diagnosed with prostate cancer at 68 years. He had a radical prostatectomy followed by 13 weeks of radiation therapy and one year of hormone therapy. Robert describes the side effects he experienced and the impact of treatment on the relationship with his wife.
Volker was diagnosed with prostate cancer at 77 years during an annual health check which revealed increased levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA). He recounts the decision to have a radical prostatectomy and managing his recovery after surgery. Volker describes how the relationship with his partner has been strengthened by involving her in his prostate cancer journey.
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