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Had regular checks but in 2004 at the age of 58 and no symptoms, the count raised from 4 to 5. Biopsy proved positive even at a low count. I opted for a radical prostatectomy and all went well. I have regular 6 monthly PSA checks and I am one of the longest survivors from our group! So thankful
No symptoms but a routine blood test in late 2005 showed that I had a raised PSA. A biopsy indicated that I had Prostate Cancer and I underwent a radical prostatectomy in March 2006. I now have regular blood tests to check my PSA. All is well so far
Was persuaded to have PSA test as I was over 65 but had no symptoms. Had biopsy which was negative. A year later PSA had raised again, had another biopsy which proved positive. Opted for radical prostatectomy in 2004 and since then have had annual PSA tests but all is clear.
No symptoms but had checked PSA annually from age 50 owing to family history and a very persuasive wife. After several years of low PSA it raised to 5.6 at age 60, had biopsy, and opted for radical prostatectomy in 2005. Three years later PSA raised slightly again and had salvage radiotherapy treatment. Now a survivor!
Rose Southby BSc RN
Has worked as a Macmillan Uro Oncology Nurse Specialist in the Urology Department at Wycombe Hospital since 2014 when she was appointed Team leader. Previously at The Churchill Hospital in Oxford where she helped create the Oxfordshire Prostate Cancer Support Group
Krystyna Caine BSc RN
Has worked as Macmillan Uro Oncology Nurse Specialist since 2007. Based at Wycombe Hospital but also spends time at Stoke Mandeville. Is actively involved with CPCSG providing advice and support..
Joe Kearney BA RN
Based at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Although works closely with Aylesbury Vale Prostate Cancer Support Group he also maintains his links with CPCSG
Pam is the Prostate Specialist Nurse at Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust. Involved in the creation of CPCSG in 2005 and has acted as Secretary of the group since its inception until 2015. Whilst principally dealing with men who have benign prostate disease she works closely with the Uro Oncology Nurses providing support and expertise to members
Initially had raised PSA, opted for 4 years Active Surveillance with regular PSA checks and biopsies. As PSA continued to increase started hormone therapy in late 2011 and had HDR Brachytherapy at Mount Vernon in early 2012. Good recovery, PSA level now “undetectable” but is still taking Doxazosin.
In 2004, at the age of 58, I was blissfully ignorant of my prostate, what it was and what it did. A work colleague in Australia phoned to tell me he had just been treated for the disease, which prompted my wife to nag me to go for a test. I had no symptoms, and the physical examination revealed nothing unusual. I am eternally grateful that I had an enlightened GP, who sent me for a simple blood test "as a precaution". I had a raised PSA, and the subsequent biopsy revealed I had prostate cancer. I immediately opted for a radical prostatectomy through my private insurance, in early 2005. It went very well, but with hindsight I would have opted for NHS treatment because of the excellent post-op advice and support available locally. It was just caught in time, as the cancer had started to spread beyond the prostate gland. My PSA is now going up again slowly, and at some stage I may need salvage radiotherapy, but I am alive and well thanks to my friend, my wife, my GP and my consultant - I am a prostate cancer survivor
Annual company medical revealed an enlarged prostate. Therefore on retirement was advised to have annual PSA test. Slightly raised PSA in June 2003. No symptoms but PSA went up to 18 in 2011. Opted for radical prostatectomy in July 2011. So far so good.