John O’Kelly, 66, from Northamptonshire was distinguished with prostate cancer two years ago.
Rather than being offered surgery he was as opposed to advised to wait to see how the tumour progressed by his NHS doctors.
John, a former serviceman, waited for 18 months as the steadies of PSA — a protein associated with prostate cancer — in his body continued to stir up.
However, he decided to do his own research — and opted to travel to the Czech Republic for Proton Beam Cure, a type of treatment not yet offered on the NHS.
Prostate cancer newscast: John was diagnosed with prostate cancer
He is now cancer-free, said he has ‘no mourns’ about seeking treatment outside the UK, and is urging other men to do the same.
John was named after doctors found abnormalities in his prostate, a small gland exactly below the bladder.
He had requested the checks after experiencing a sudden and reiterative need to visit the bathroom.
“I was aware where this sort of affair might lead so I asked to go and have a full medical,” said John. “They ended up looking at my prostate at and after two weeks they confirmed I had cancer.”
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They purposeless up looking at my prostate further and after two weeks they confirmed I had cancer.
Roughly 45,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK each year, according to Cancer Study UK, making it the most common male cancer.
Each year, numberless than 10,000 British men die from the disease.
John’s tumour was in the prematurely stages and it had not spread outside the prostate, so consultants advised active watch.
John said: “I wasn’t happy. I just thought ‘this isn’t me’, I’m not tempered to to sitting and doing nothing. I thought it was only going to go one way, and by then I influence have no option but to have fairly aggressive treatments, which I did not thirst to do.
“I had already read about how surgery could leave you with incontinence.”
Prostate cancer: John was dedicated the green light to travel to the Czech Republic
Surgery and conventional radiotherapy can commonly leave men with bowel and urinary problems, as well as sexual dysfunction.
John stipulate: “It leaves you in an uncomfortable area and you don’t know which way to turn.
“If I was 80-odd it effect have been different but I still consider myself healthy and hyperactive. I used to do a lot of sports like marathon running and cycling.”
John come out to doctors in the UK who gave him the green light to travel to the Proton Therapy Core in the Czech Republic for treatment.
“I went back to the specialist with 25 questions and then accomplished a decision for me,” said John. “Over Christmas I decided to go to Prague and I moved out in February.
“They were exceptional. I had an examination and thought there capability be a six month waiting list. I came straight back to the UK to arrange utensils and I was back in Prague within a week.”
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Proton therapy is a type of radiotherapy, and uses an accelerated girder of positively-charged particles to attack cancerous cells.
John was treated on the other side of a two-week period, going in for treatment every other day. He is now free of cancer and has fixed PSA tests to monitor his prostate.
He said: “I think with the NHS, they don’t craving to spend large funds on prostate cancer in older men. They do proposition other treatments but it’s a sort of ‘take it or leave it’ approach.
“They present oneself a number of options but not proton beam therapy.
“Proton beam psychoanalysis will be over here in 2018 but I think the plan is to focus on puberty cancers, rather than prostate cancer which generally effects older men.”
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The Department of Health has invested £250 million into two new naves, one at Manchester’s Christie Hospital and one in London which are expected to open their doors in 2018.
Dr Jiri Kubes, medical top dog of the Proton Therapy Centre, said: “One of the major benefits of proton cure is that higher doses can be used to target the tumour, increasing the effectiveness and minimising hurt to the surrounding tissue.
“In the early stage of prostate cancer, the Proton Psychoanalysis Centre has a 97 per cent curability rate and it can be treated in just five conferences.
“Proton therapy also has lower risk of side effects of and fewer of the involvements associated with the high toxicity of conventional radiation.
“We are seeing a goodly number of patients from the UK who do not want to pay for treatment in the US, which can stretch into hundreds of thousands of bludgeons, but who are determined not to watch and wait.
“Our Czech centre offers the best accommodation quality and mean that prostate cancer patients can continue to derive pleasure the same quality of life as they did before.”