Personal stories

It is only by talking about male cancer that other men and women will be made aware of and notice the signs and symptoms.  As with all cancers, early diagnosis can often lead to less complicated treatment and ultimately saves lives.

Some of our Orchid supporters have kindly agreed to share their personal experiences with us.  As you will see each of these guys has had a very different experience of male cancer.  We hope these inspirational stories will help others to understand their experiences and provide support for those in a similar situation.

Orchid understands that this is a sensitive topic to discuss so is extremely grateful to those who are willing to share their personal stories with us.

If you would like to be a case study for us please e-mail admin@orchid-cancer.org.uk

 
  • Pauls Story (diagnosed 54)

    Testicular cancer

    When and where did you first notice signs of your cancer?  Was there something out of the ordinary that prompted you to check yourself/ see your GP? In 2009 I felt that one testicle had changed and felt different to the other. There was also a few twinges of pain. I saw a locum GP […]

  • Ethans Story

    Age: 21 | Testicular cancer

    My name is Ethan McLaughlin, I am a final year 21 year old International Politics and Conflict Studies Student. I am originally from Birmingham but for the last couple of years I have happily spent a lot of my time in Belfast in addition to s short 6 month stint in Warsaw as an Erasmus […]

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    Alan Colton

    Prostate cancer

    I had my first PSA test in December 2000, when I was 52, as part of a medical check-up via my company private health scheme. I was warned that the test was not 100% accurate and could lead to unnecessary tests in the future if the result was a false positive. I went ahead anyway […]

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    Danny

    Penile cancer

    When and where did you first notice signs of your cancer? Was there something out of the ordinary that prompted you to check yourself/ see your GP? I remember I had originally gone to my GP about four years ago now with what had looked like a boil or wart like growth near the end […]

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    Sandy Brown

    Penile cancer

    The following gives a valuable insight into an incredibly rare journey of a very inspirational man and highlights the challenges the NHS faces when dealing with such a rare form of cancer.  Orchid is working hard to increase awareness and education of this disease amongst the public and healthcare professionals. In 2007 I was diagnosed with penile cancer – […]

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    Denis Taylor

    Penile cancer

    Our Chief Executive, Rebecca Porta meets professional artist Denis Taylor, who was diagnosed and treated for a malignant tumour on his penis. Denis – tell us about your experience of penile cancer. First I thought I may have had a slight infection. I attended a Sex Clinic who diagnosed Cancer. After amputation and (experimental) plastic surgery. […]

  • Janet

    Penile cancer

    Please explain your relationship and briefly explain when your husband was diagnosed with cancer? Wife, my husband was diagnosed in June 2008. How did you learn he was unwell? Did it come as a surprise? He had little ulcers on the head of his penis, they bled when he passed urine. As women we are […]

  • Caroline Ratcliff

    Penile cancer

    Please explain your relationship and briefly explain when your husband was diagnosed with cancer? My husband, Mick Ratcliff, was diagnosed with penile cancer on 3rd October 2008. It was diagnosed when he went into hospital for a circumcision. After 3 operations in 12 weeks he had a clear scan in March 2009. He started a […]

  • Maureen

    Penile cancer

    I am very pleased Orchid is working to establish an information and support service for men and their families affected by penile cancer. When my husband was diagnosed with penile cancer last year we had never heard of this rare cancer.  So few people do. Like a lot of men my husband was very hesitant to go to the doctor. I thought at […]

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    Nigel

    Penile cancer

    In 2009 I noticed a small red blotch on the glans of my penis and thought it was just a spot,but it started to turn into a lump and I started to get concerned so after much thought I saw my Dr who on examination didn’t know what it was and referred me to a […]