Graham W’s Story

Graham was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2006 at age 59. He visited his doctor for a general check-up, but also reported increased frequency of the need to urinate. “It had been two and a half years since my previous DRE, when the gland felt ‘nice and smooth’ - that’s what she said”! A blood test showed Graham had [...]

October 25th, 2016|

John L’s Story

John is 69 years old. He was working for BHP from 1994 to 1998 as a technical expert on road and rail transport, and based in Melbourne. After leaving BHP John set up his own consultancy business, specializing in the areas of road, agricultural and industrial safety. This can involve up to 70 hours of work a week. John has [...]

May 22nd, 2016|

John P’s Story

Most of the members of the Geelong Prostate Support Group have or have had prostate cancer. Our Group exists to support men who have any concerns about their prostate, not cancer alone. John is 75 years old. He is retired, but had worked for Telstra as a radio technician. When he was 70 he became concerned at the number of [...]

January 29th, 2016|

Steve R’s Story

Steve is 54 years old. In May 2005, when he had just turned 44, he felt that he was looking unusually pale, and unusually tired. Steve visited his GP, and asked him to run some blood tests. Despite not being at the at-risk age, Steve was happy to also have his PSA tested as he was getting up at night [...]

November 25th, 2015|

Bill’s Story

Bill is sixty years old, and self-employed as an electrical engineer. He has been having an annual PSA test since 1996 (age 42), when his then 76 year-old father died from prostate cancer. At 50 years, in 2004, Bill’s PSA score went from 2 to 3. Even though it was within the allowed range of up to 3.5, for his [...]

June 27th, 2015|

Charles’ Story

Charles is 68 years old. In 2007 his GP identified that his annual PSA reading had risen significantly from the one taken 12 months earlier. A repeat PSA test was ordered for 3 months’ time. That subsequent reading was slightly elevated from the previous one. Charles was then directed to visit a urologist for further investigation. Another PSA test confirmed [...]

May 23rd, 2015|

Charlie’s Story

Charlie is 72. In his early 50’s on the advice of his GP Charlie had his first PSA test, with a reading of about three. On-going testing saw that PSA reading gradually rise, and a referral to a urologist followed. The advice was for a radical prostatectomy. Charlie rejected that advice, believing that intervention then was unnecessary. He believed that [...]

April 22nd, 2015|

Graeme’s Story

In 2000 whilst travelling in Spain, Morocco and the UK, Graeme realized that something was wrong. He had developed a constant need to urinate. He jokes that he developed a new interest in botany on this trip, as he constantly snuck away behind trees and scrub for a pee! When Graeme and his wife, Wilma, returned from that trip an appointment was [...]

March 30th, 2015|

Ern’s Story

Ern is 79 years old. In 2001, when he was 60, he spoke with his doctor and requested that his PSA be graphed. Six years later Ern’s PSA reading began to spike, and he was referred to a urologist. A biopsy detected no evidence of cancer. PSA graphing continued, and another spike occurred when he was 72. This time [...]

October 26th, 2014|

Ron E’s Story

Ron will be 74 in September. After retiring at the age of 67, a general health check-up which included blood tests revealed an elevated PSA of 17.1. Biopsy tests later revealed 10 of the 12 samples were positive, with a Gleason score of 7. A radical prostatectomy was advised as soon as possible At this point Ron felt that he [...]

August 25th, 2014|