My wife's expecting our first daughter in August this year, and I can't wait. I'm so excited about being a dad. But rewind just a few short years, and I could never have imagined this would be happening to me. Because my cancer surgeon had just uttered the words "the treatment will almost certainly leave you infertile".
People expect that anything as serious as cancer will have obvious symptoms which will warn them to get a check up. But early stage prostate cancer doesn't usually have any: no visible lumps to look out for, no funny pains to get checked out.
Life can be cruel at times but at least I have been able to support others as a result of what I have been through and I just hope that one day a cure for this dreadful disease will be found. In the meantime I intend to keep smiling!
With the help of an incredible friend I have now healed these wounds. I have 'come to terms' with the news and I have now reached the point where I can write about this in the hope of helping others to understand what it feels like, and supporting those who are walking the same journey.
What I sometimes witness is that this fighting language turns into something else when cancer progresses; people tell me they feel like they are losers in this war, and search for reasons why they did not win, often blaming themselves or some action they did or did not take at an earlier point.
I wouldn't recommend it but if you are looking to lose a bit of weight quickly it definitely works. Of course when I manage a glass of water it will n...
There are days when I feel so ill from treatment that I want to just lie on the sofa, but I still force myself to get up and dressed and take our lovely rescue dog for a walk because it is so important that there is joy (and nature!) in every day.
As a non-scientist but a lifelong music advocate, it was a hugely exciting adventure for me to be talking to choir members about lab research and finding out whether the obvious power of the choirs that I saw every day could actually be having an impact on their biology, too.
When he was four years old, my grandson, Jack, began having headaches and vomiting, Doctors ran neurological tests, including one for meningitis, but couldn't find any cause. They prescribed painkillers but they had no effect. Eventually Jack was sent for a CAT scan, which found bleeding on the brain, and an MRI scan, which revealed the brain tumour. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer... yet over the past decade just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. This is unacceptable.
I know this is a contentious area. Lots of doctors don't like using the PSA test because it's unreliable and can lead to over-diagnosis and over treatment. But at present it is the best thing men have got. And our clinical consensus will help GPs to use it more effectively.
A shocking new study has revealed that the world's largest pharmaceutical companies...
The bond between humans and animals is amazing. In many households, pets are an important part of the family dynamic, but in others they are have an even more important role.
Cancer is a marathon. You have to be positive to get through it. You'll probably start feeling a lot of pain around mile 20, but you know if you reach the finish line, you'll feel so elated, so full of joy and pride and sense of achievement, that it'll all be worth it.
Here's my beef with the changes I see in cancer research funding: I worry that many funding bodies now seem to require increasing levels of certainty before investing. They want a mountain of preliminary data, alongside the usual research proposal and they want predictions of how the research will make a difference.
When a dog food is low in carbohydrate it is usually exchanged for fat and not all dogs can tolerate too much fat. It's really important to consider the entire picture and the whole dog - not just the condition.
Our research shows that bowel cancer can be a dark cloud and that its shadow is never far away, both for patients and their family and friends. For every person diagnosed with bowel cancer there are perhaps at least four more people who are also affected.