Category: Patients’ viewpoint

Severe incontinence has a devastating impact upon quality of life. One treatment, the artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) is producing excellent results.

BPC patient David Abel, aged 62, describes how having an AUS fitted has changed his life. “I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. We knew the cancer had spread into some lymph nodes and I was warned that if prostate cancer is understood as “tigers” and “pussycats,” I had got the tiger. My PSA […]

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Not too young for prostate cancer. Richard Rollings describes his experience of developing prostate cancer in his forties.

When Richard Rollings had an elevated PSA result in his forties, he was initially told he was too young to get prostate cancer. Yet further tests revealed he did have the disease and five years later, Richard speaks about the need for prompt action and early diagnosis. “I noticed something wasn’t right: I’d get the […]

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Keith Padbury’s experience of the PCA3 test, a new genetics based assessment of prostate cancer risk

Keith Padbury was one of the first patients to have a PCA3 test, a new genetics based assessment of prostate cancer risk five years ago. He has benefitted from advanced assessments which mean unnecessary biopsies are avoided. Keith describes his own experience and how an elevated PSA result does not inevitably lead to a biopsy […]

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Prostate cancer treatment and the kindness of strangers

Robert Sayer discovered he had prostate cancer in the middle of a relocation from the Midlands to Cornwall. He describes how a friend suggested he went to BPC and how Robert and his wife Yvonne received vital support from another couple they had not met before, but who had a shared experience of prostate cancer and wanted to help. […]

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Overactive bladder and Urge Incontinence – My Story

Overactive bladder and urge incontinence do not just affect older people. Caroline Mills was only 25 when this distressing condition started. It would take many years – and a huge amount of determination – before Caroline had effective treatment with specialist bladder surgery. “I was 25 when it all started. An urge to go to […]

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GreenLight laser treatment testimonial – Glyn Wootton

Glyn Wootton had GreenLight laser treatment in September 2006. The operation successfully treated a painful infection which Mr Wootton had endured for two years. “I developed an infection while being treated for a lymphoma. I was then left for a full two year period on antibiotics Ciprofloxacin, which kept the infection, Pseudomonas, at bay but […]

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GreenLight laser treatment testimonial – John Williams

John Williams had GreenLight laser treatment in July 2006. Mr Williams is a 61-year-old carpenter from Bournville, Birmingham. “I had to have a catheter in for four months following radiotherapy. As a result of the radiotherapy, my urethra closed completely and I became very ill. Living for so long with a catheter was very distressing. […]

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