Living well after a diagnosis of prostate cancer

Living well after a diagnosis of prostate cancer

Living well with prostate cancer is all about getting the best quality of life the man could possibly achieve following on after deciding his best treatment options.
I don’t often talk about myself and my cancer on facebook although I do refer to it sometimes this morning (Thursday) is one of those reflective times for me. The day started with a cafe breakfast shared with a good friend Cat S always inspirational. Mid morning and I was in a meeting that lasted almost 4 hours with one of the UKs leading cancer research companies looking at what patients see as priorities in the several areas of funding for research. The patients view (given an arbitrary £350M to spend ) was that research into early diagnosis should receive the biggest portion of their funding with research funding into new treatments as a close but second priority. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to stretch the mind.
Will funding into research that looks for diagnosing cancer at a stage when a cure is possible ever overtake the funding that goes into treatments without reducing the funding for treatments?,
Yesterday I heard of a friend who has had a “skirmish” with cancer that was caught in time and removed so now is the sit and wait time that could possibly be a couple of years to receive the all clear.
Today my mind was focussed on another dear friend currently in Velindre and having a really tough time with bony metastatic prostate cancer.
This evening I had a call from the daughter of yet another friend Kaz in Peterborough who over the last 5 years has had first a single mastectomy followed by the removal of the second breast sometime later before going through reconstruction all of which was a long and painful process all completed just 3 months ago and with the hope and real promise of being able to live a cancer free life.
The message from her daughter was that Kaz has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer and now awaiting results of a brain scan. I will do what i can over the telephone or by email and hope that she gets the very best of care at such a difficult time.
Cancer is just like that and I realise the more I look into cancer the more people I will meet who are affected by cancer but this is what I have chosen to do and it is what I love doing and will continue to do I am not afraid of cancer I just want to help other people attain the best quality of life that matches their aspirations whatever stage their cancer is at..
Later I will write about something that has been a part of my life for the past 8 years.Intermittent Androgen Deprivation (IADT) which is a method whereby some men can take a ‘holiday’ from hormone therapy treatment (examples Prostap or Zoladex) .

  • James Brian Thurlow
    Posted at 17:30h, 09 December

    I have had hormone treatment for best part of two years and it is keeping my psa down below 2. Where i have been as high as 83.
    I would love to have a holiday from the hormone treatment as i am quite irritable at times and upset those nearest and dearest without thinking. I used to be a “nice ” guy so they say.!!But i could do with a break. So could my family.
    Any help i would be grateful for.
    regards …………Brian

  • admin
    Posted at 13:56h, 18 December

    Thank you for the message James it is always good to receive encouraging posts when treatments for prostate cancer are working

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