I am hoping that two or three more posts will conclude my cancer saga. It is not a subject that I want to write about. It hardly makes for an attractive blog. However, as I have explained previously, I am keen to encourage other men to take more interest in their health (even when all seems well) and to get themselves checked at suitable intervals by their general practitioner. There is nothing rare about the incidence of prostate cancer (among others) and there are no obvious symptoms either. My Father used to say that there are two sorts of drivers in London, the quick and the dead (obviously this was decades ago before traffic congestion became the norm). It’s a bit like that with many cancers including prostate. Catch it early and it can be sorted. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.
There have been two further appointments with my family doctor since the ECG test. At the first of these I forgot to ask her about the results of the test (absent minded or what?) but they were normal. Those mild but mysterious chest pains are still there and I conclude that they are caused by the Prostap injections that I am having every 28 days.
A high cholesterol level and rising blood pressure are the current diversions and this is disappointing because I have been trying to eat a more healthy diet since last July and (with some success) to lose a bit of weight. The doctor has now prescribed pills for both problems and further tests will take place in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, I will be microwaved shortly, that is, the radiotherapy will start on March 26th and continue – five days per week, excluding bank holidays – for at least 4-5 weeks. I will be describing this experience in the next post.