Timon Colegrove

A local of Oxford and the shire, I was trundling along quite happily when all of a sudden a symptomless raised PSA appears (5.2 from an occasional medical check) in December 2017 – I was 56 years old. There followed a referral to The Churchill hospital; an MRI scan; a Perineum Biopsy (I didn’t fancy the default and wanted to be asleep whilst it happened) and then in April 2018 whilst my fiancée held my hand, these words were uttered to me: “I’m sorry to have to tell you Mr Colegrove that you have Prostate Cancer, with a Gleason Score of 3+4. We can whip it out using a nerve sparing technique but you will have a 40% chance of impotency and a 40% chance of incontinence. Brachytherapy may be an option for you with a similar risk of impotence and incontinence.”

‘What the blazes!’ as my father use to say. A dreadful choice to have to make… so I reached out to the Oxfordshire Prostate Cancer Support Group and was warmly welcomed at my first meeting in April 2018. Thank goodness the speaker was Professor Karol Sikora from The Rutherford Centre and so I learned about a possible third option of treatment for my cancer: Proton Beam Therapy.

I had a course of 20 treatments in November 2018 WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS.

It is impossible to quantify what OPCSG has done for me – saved my prostate from extraction for starters. It is such a worthy organisation, worthy of our time and effort to help each other. I’m delighted to take on the role of secretary and will do my best for the organisation in general and the committee in particular.

Timon Colegrove