Rob is aged 73, and began PSA testing after several friends and neighbours were diagnosed with prostate cancer.

For several years his readings were around 3, but in 2006 it had jumped to 6.9. Rob was referred to a urologist, and because of the low reading he agreed to proceed with brachytherapy.

The initial planning was done in Ballarat, and the operation – only the fifth to be carried out in Geelong – proceeded at SJOG. PSA readings have continued to decline, except for one slight rise after 12 months. PSA is now undetectable.

Whilst making decisions in 2006 about how to respond to the prostate cancer, Rob also had to deal with the total replacement of his left shoulder. His right shoulder was replaced last year.

Rob was convinced to join the Geelong PSG by his wife Wendy, and he is very pleased that he did so. He describes how he has gained immeasurable information and formed valuable and lasting friendships. In particular Rob has met fellow Geelong group member Alan who had brachytherapy 12 months prior. Alan provided Rob with very helpful information as to what to expect.

There is an expectation that bleeding can occur approximately 6 years after radiation treatment and Rob experienced this last year with some bleeding from the bladder. This was controlled with 6 weekly treatments of a live TB culture inserted by catheter, the body fighting off the TB and any other ‘nasties’ at the same time. The procedure may have to be repeated, should the bleeding return.

Recently Rob undertook a bowel test, which unfortunately returned a positive result. He has had a top- and-tail inspection and is currently under treatment from a specialist.

Rob is currently treasurer of the Geelong PSG. He enjoys participating, and is grateful for the advice, assistance and friendships from members of our Group. In his spare time Rob enjoys gardening, tinkering with old cars and watching his grandchildren participate in various sports. As his shoulders improve, Rob hopes to resume his previous keen interests in golf and surfing.