John Grundy

As I was approaching retirement from a career in education in 2010 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The diagnosis came out of the blue: there were no symptoms that I recognised in advance. I am therefore interested in helping to raise awareness among other men and encouraging them to get checked in case they too have developed this cancer without knowing it. After consultations with the oncology teams at The Churchill I elected to have a radical prostatectomy (November 2010) and now once more lead a full and active life.  In the summer of 2015 my PSA scores, which had been undetectable after the operation, began to rise again, and following advice from the professionals I underwent a course of radiotherapy at the end of the year.  As a result the PSA score went right down again and we are now monitoring it every three months.  At the time of my diagnosis and faced with decisions about treatment, I felt that I would have benefited from talking to men who had experienced a variety of treatments. This support group did not exist then and I recognise its enormous value, especially if it can reach out to men who are making decisions about treatment.  I was honoured to serve as Chairman from March 2015 to March 2019.