A Hyde father of four is supporting a Tameside Hospital campaign to encourage more patients to volunteer for clinical trials after undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.
Stephen Wilson (54) has himself been included on several trials after the disease was discovered thanks to the vigilance of his doctor.
He explains; “ I went to my GP for a routine check up and was expecting to be given a clean bill of health. But, because my dad had died of prostate cancer the doctor insisted on more checks and referred me to consultants at Tameside.”
Hospital specialists confirmed that despite no symptoms or pain Stephen had inherited the disease from his father and successfully operated to remove the diseased organ.
That was three years ago, but sadly a later hernia operation has left him with complications, which has meant he can’t yet return to his job as a joiner.
Stephen adds: “ Clinical trials are important and help doctors and nurses find ways to help more people. The more they understand about hereditary cancers like mine, the more they can find new ways to treat and support patients like me. I would certainly urge anyone thinking of volunteering to do it.”
Tameside’s Chief Executive Karen James believes it’s only through the efforts of people like Stephen that the medical profession is able to develop and share the research evidence to support new treatments and protocols.
Her words are echoed by Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health who says: “Clinical trials are a vital element of the work supported and funded by the National Institute for Health research (NIHR). We can only do this when people like Stephen volunteer to help us and we need more people like him to step forward.”
Stephen shares his experiences with others at the Droylsden Prostate Cancer Group where he is Chairman. “I have three sons myself and I understand that it’s sometimes hard for we men to open up about our feelings. But we encourage members to bring along their families to our monthly meetings at Droylsden Football Club, and we support each other. We meet the first Thursday of every month and new members are always welcome.”
Anyone interested in learning more about the Group can call Stephen on 07940 566604.
Notes to Editors
Prostate cancer incidence
In 2011 in the UK around 41,700 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, that's more than 110 every day.
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