Pioneering treatment helps John beat cancer
Oundle man travelled to Prague for cutting edge prostate therapy
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