Prostate cancer keyhole surgery testimonial – Brian Kingett

Brian Kingett had pioneering keyhole surgery at the Priory Hospital in Birmingham to remove his prostate after developing cancer.

Mr Kingett explains why it is so important that men are aware of the warning signs for prostate cancer – and understand the different treatments available. The 68-year-old retired Head of Management Development for an International Automotive company lives in Salford-Priors, Worcestershire.

“The first sign that something was wrong was just before Christmas 2004. I suddenly found that I wasn’t able to pass water. I had some hospital tests and was told that I had an infection. It seemed to clear up after I took some antibiotics, but in January, the problem came back. When I went to see my GP he found my prostate was slightly enlarged and suggested I had a PSA test.

“It was pretty worrying, but I knew cancer was only one of several possibilities. My PSA was high and I was told I would need a biopsy, which was done in May 2005. The biopsy confirmed I had cancer and it seemed to be quite aggressive. I read about the different options and immediately felt it was best to get rid of it if I could. However, I was concerned that an operation to remove my prostate – called a radical prostatectomy – could cause incontinence.

“I had read about Alan Doherty, a surgeon who was able to take out the prostate using keyhole surgery and met him in June at the Priory Hospital in Birmingham. I felt confident that it would be the right operation for me.

“The operation itself wasn’t that onerous and the nurses at the Priory were superb – really supportive and also open and honest with me. Within two days, I was out of bed and walking about. I remember, when I left hospital and went home, a neighbour told me I looked great. You don’t have very much scarring at all. I had been most worried about incontinence but found after three months, I was completely dry. Everything has been great.

“I come from the generation who have tended to shove anything embarrassing under the table and not talk about it. This experience has shown how important it is for men to talk about anything which is of concern – and to see their GP. There are many different treatment options available and there are no guarantees.

“Men need to understand the different treatments – the best way is to read about other patients’ experiences – and decide what is best for them. It is a very personal decision and it is very important that you are well informed in order to make the right decision for yourself.”