I had been going to my GP for several years. He did regular blood tests to monitor my PSA and when he saw it rising, he referred me to a specialist.
The specialist diagnosed me with prostate cancer and recommended I have radiation therapy. I got a second opinion from a surgeon who offered to do a radical prostatectomy. I didn’t want to have radiation – a couple of friends recommended surgery and I decided I wanted to get the cancer out.
I suffered from incontinence after my operation. My surgeon gave me some exercises to improve my continence, but they weren’t effective.
Some friends recommended I see a physiotherapist who specialises in pelvic floor exercises and I started to see her about 12 weeks after the operation.
The physio gave me some exercises to do. They’re straightforward – you can even sit and watch TV when you do them – but they’ve seemed to work. I’ve been doing them for over a year and my continence has improved at least 90%. On reflection, I wish I had seen the physio before my operation or very soon afterwards.
I’m in a prostate cancer support group run by the hospital. I joined after treatment, but I would recommend that men join a group as early as possible after diagnosis.
It’s great information, and it’s good to be with other people who have been through the same experience and can talk about it.
It’s magic to get help and support from other people. I’ve gone every month since joining and it’s been of great benefit to me.