Alan's Story

White British
Other (please specify)
Sexual Orientation
East Midlands
Relationship status
In a relationship

Tips and advice for any sexual side effects of treatment

I was very lucky as I was referred to Macmillan who booked me into a sexual problem online clinic. They were brilliant and I was finally given a pump. This has enabled me to have as close to a normal sexual experience as I might ever have

Tips and advice for any physical side effects of treatment

The hot flushes were expected to leave my body within 6 months of my final hormone injection. It is now 10 months and they are just as strong. The hospital has offered acupuncture which I am awaiting an appointment

Tips and advice for any mental and emotional side effects of treatment

I joined a gym and have worked hard. Its not easy as I am not as physically fit as I was. I do go out for a walk which helps. Last year I coached a Ladies Football team. It was tough with them being much fitter than myself.

How this treatment impacted my life the most

The loss of masculinity and sexual function was the hardest part. Its a feeling thats with you all the time and ended with quite bad depression. Macmillan were a huge help with their sexual clinic, and the pump has given me hope. However the lack of spontaneity is the hardest part. I am lucky that my partner is the most understanding person imaginable. She has given me huge support, and helped lift me. I also went to my GP and am on medication which is brilliant

If I had to do it all over again, would I choose the same treatment?


Why did I give this answer?

I had no pain from the Brachytherapy, and it was smooth and quick. Only an overnight stay in hospital. I then had 23 sessions of Tomotherapy which meant a longish drive every day. But my 3 month PSA tests have moved to 6 monthly, so I feel it has worked. My score was 12.7 and it was aggressive. I feel very lucky to still be here

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