This week we have a guest blogger. Patrick Taggart, long term supporter of Prostate Cancer UK and veteran Mo Bro who has a personal experience of prostate cancer, talks about his Movember journey.
After diagnosis, my treatment consisted of a radical prostatectomy in 2009 followed by salvage radiotherapy in early 2011. The treatments were successful, but I did not emerge unscathed. It’s wonderful to be alive but, given the choice, I would - of course - prefer not to have been left with urinary, bowel and sexual problems. There are novel treatments promising fewer side-effects, but more research is needed to confirm their long-term efficacy. Better diagnostics and finding effective treatments with fewer side-effects are just two of many priority research areas.
My moustache is almost in full bloom but, sadly, I look nothing like Tom Selleck and women are not throwing themselves at me. I knew I would look completely ridiculous, having taken part in Movember last year. But looking ridiculous is a small price to pay for being able to participate in such a worthwhile campaign.