Pi­o­neer­ing treat­ment helps John beat can­cer

Oun­dle man trav­elled to Prague for cut­ting edge prostate ther­apy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

When John O’Kelly was hit with the dev­as­tat­ing news he had prostate can­cer, his world was turned up­side down. Asafi­tan­dac­tive­form­erser­vice­man, the di­ag­no­sis cameas a bolt out of the blue.

Sur­prised by the re­sults and de­ter­mined to carry on liv­ing life to the full John, 66, went against the ad­vice of NHS­doc­tor­swho­sug­gest­edhe should do noth­ing but watch and wait.

In­stead, the grand­fa­therof-three headed to Prague where­he­wastreat­ed­with­cut­ting-edge pro­ton beam ther­apy, which is not avail­able in the UK.

John was ini­tially di­ag­nosed af­ter a med­i­cal check re­vealed ab­nor­mal­i­ties in his prostate, a small gland just be­low the blad­der. He had re­quested the checks af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a fre­quent need to visit the bath­room.

John, from Oun­dle, said: “I was aware where this sort of thing might lead so I asked to go and have a full med­i­cal. They ended up look­ing at my prostate fur­ther andaftertwo weeks they con­firmed I had can­cer.”

Around45,000menare­di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer in the UKeachyear, ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics from Can­cer Re­search UK, makin­git­the­most com­mon male can­cer.

John re­searched pro­ton beam ther­apy af­ter re­mem­ber­ing the case of Ashya King, who made head­lines across the world back in 2014 when he trav­elled to Prague to re­ceive treat­ment for a brain tu­mour.

He­said: “I went­backto the spe­cial­ist with 25 ques­tions and then made a de­ci­sion for me. Over Christ­mas I de­cided to go to Prague and I trav­elled out in Fe­bru­ary.

“They were ex­cep­tional. I had an ex­am­i­na­tion and thought there might be a six month wait­ing list. I came straight back to the UK to ar­range things and I was­back in Prague within a week.”

John was treated with five hy­per frac­tions over a twoweekpe­riod, going­in­fortreat­ment ev­ery other day.

He is now free of can­cer and has reg­u­lar PSA tests to mon­i­tor his prostate.

John has been given the all clear

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