Two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was a terrible shock despite the fact that two of my brothers had previously had prostate cancer, one four years older and the other five years younger than me. I had a good idea of what was ahead but I wanted to get the most up to date information on the treatment options out there, so I turned to the Internet. I found excellent information on the www.cancer.ie website which was a good starting point. I had to weed through a lot of dubious sites and only researched trustworthy medical websites to inform myself. Most of the information provided was from the medical expert’s perception with little from a patient’s viewpoint. With that in mind, I decided to set up this website from an Irish patient’s perspective. I hope you find it helpful.
My name is Mark, I was 67 years old when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2016. I will take you through my experiences in the different stages from diagnosis to recovery. Some of the treatment options available to men range from radiation therapy to radical prostatectomy, I chose the latter.
The incidence of prostate cancer is now greater in Ireland than breast cancer (see chart below). If caught early enough, it can be successfully treated and men, like me, can continue to live a full and active life.
Various organisations have made great efforts to highlight men’s health issues, in particular, prostate cancer. Clearly these efforts are not enough as there are still too many men dying from a curable cancer. Irish men tend to neglect the early signs, e.g. difficulty or frequency urinating. I hope this site will dispel a lot of fears and misinformation out there. I have had a happy and successful outcome and am cancer free three years later.
This website is based on my own personal journey through prostate cancer. A lot of men are put off going to their doctor because of embarrassment and fear. Fortunately for me, I do not embarrass easily, my main concern was to get rid of the cancer. I wanted to be well informed before deciding which medical procedure was the best option for me. To this end, I carried out a lot of research weighing up the pros and cons with the help and support of my partner. I am not recommending any particular medical procedure I am simply presenting the facts based on my research and my own experience. I am also aware that many Consultants use different techniques and some may be restricted by access to resources in the Hospitals where they work. Basically, it is up to you to query everything regarding your future treatment so that your outcome will be the desired one. Only you and your partner, if you have one, in consultation with your doctor can make the final decision regarding your treatment.