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"Prostate Cancer and treatment"

About: North Devon District Hospital / Cancer Services Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford) / Oncology

(as the patient),

I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in November 2019. The GP put me in for an emergency 2 week referral to the NDDH in Barnstaple - it was 3 weeks though before I saw the Consultant who immediately ordered scans to see if the cancer had spread to bones and soft tissues. Gleason score was 8 and PSA was 44. December was taken up with biopsies and the scans. Had a catheter fitted.

At the end of December 2019 we had the results meeting where I was told the results of my scans and what treatment was proposed. Great news, the cancer had not spread  and my treatment was Hormone Therapy and 37 sessions of Radiotherapy at RD&E in Exeter (later reduced to 20 sessions).  Corvid delayed the radiation starting by a month but I finished in early June 2020. My PSA is now <0.01. 

Throughout this the two departments (Urology at NDDH and Radiation at RD&E) have been brilliant. They have liaised with each other so well and I have always been made to feel that I was the only patient they had. Brilliant care and aftercare - so grateful to so many people. Thank you all.

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Response from Ansu Manoj, Urology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cancer Services, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust 15 months ago
Ansu Manoj
Urology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cancer Services,
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
Submitted on 25/08/2020 at 12:38
Published on Care Opinion at 15:47

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Dear Mr Fanatic,

Thank you for the lovely positive feedback and I am sure it will help other people who are worried about cancer diagnosis and having treatment in 2 hospitals.

We appreciate your kind words and pleased to hear that your PSA is <0.01.

Well done!

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Update posted by Daschund Fanatic (the patient)

Thank you Ansu - you were there for me in my darkest moments and you gave your time so freely and willingly. You made a real difference to my well-being and the NHS has a real hero in you.

Response from Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust 15 months ago
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Submitted on 26/08/2020 at 14:51
Published on Care Opinion at 14:51

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital and North Devon District Hospital. I am delighted that you are happy with the care you received & I would like to thank you very much for your positive feedback.

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