Prostate cancer - how Bob Spink coped with it

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MARCH is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Councillor R.R. (Bob) Spink tells us that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and 2,700 are diagnosed with the condition every year in Scotland.

Bob knows only too well that early diagnosis is hugely important and the earlier the condition is identified and the earlier treatment begun, the greater the chance of recovery.

He said: “I was diagnosed with prostate cancer just over four years ago and well remember the feelings of shock, disbelief, and denial I felt, as did the close members of my family, for any serious illness amongst any of us affects us all.

“Once over the shock I put myself completely under the care of those who know best and who deal with this, day-by-day.

“Of course I had my bad days, when I would be awake at three in the morning feeling a bit sorry for myself, or when the daily trip to Ninewells for treatment became onerous, but never for long.”

He told himself he was too busy to be ill, and just to get on with it. He convinced himself that it was just an inconvenience, and once he could accept that, he could live with it.

Bob continued: “I thus appreciate exactly what Mr Nabi, consultant urological surgeon at Ninewells Hospital, is seeking to do, to address the fear and facts quickly of prostate and other urological cancers, and in a better and more controlled manner.

“Early discovery of cancer is vital and knowledge and understanding of your condition and treatment important in the road to recovery, and hence my donation to the Urology Research Fund as a token of thanks for what was done for me.”

He thanked Mr Byrne and the nurses of the urological ward, and Dr Windsor and her team in the radiotherapy unit at the Alexandra Centre for their caring and professional attention.

Bob concluded: “I always felt safe in their hands, a state of mind I also believe to be of great importance in illness treatment and recovery.”