Just an update on my husband John's prostate cancer. He had his prostate removed in 2010, had radiotherapy in 2012 then had to go on hormone treatment 4 years ago. His PSA started going up again at the end of last year, and in July, when it had reached a certain level, he went for a PET scan which showed that his prostate cancer had gone into his spine.
However, he couldn't have treatment straight away as he had a suspected tumour in his appendix. They had to remove that before they could treat his prostate cancer. This was taken out in September and, fortunately, the tumour was contained within the appendix.
Once he had recovered from that operation, he was sent to the Royal Marsden in London to assess the prostate cancer in his spine. They have a radiotherapy machine called a cyber knife and it is the very latest in technology. I believe that there are only two of these machines in the NHS.
We are staying at the Royal Marsden in hospital accommodation this week and John had his first treatment yesterday. He is due another one tomorrow and one on Friday. We are over the moon that he has been offered this specialist treatment. He has felt no I'll effects from this new treatment, I am pleased to say.
Whilst John was having treatment yesterday, I was chatting to one of the other patients. He also had prostate cancer that had gone to his spine and the cyber knife treatment had cured it. Unfortunately it had now come back elsewhere in his body, but he had every confidence that the machine would get rid of it.
John has been on morphine for the past two weeks as the pain has been unbearable but once they have got rid of the cancer and everything has healed, John has been told that he will not have any pain.