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

 
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    Martin

    Age: 54 | Penile cancer

    When and where did you first notice signs of your cancer? Was there something out of the ordinary that prompted you to see your GP? I first noticed a white fleck on the glans of my penis when having a shower. Having suffered Crohns Disease I was told that it was likely to be side […]

  • Lisa

    Penile cancer

    Please explain your relationship and briefly explain when your partner / family member / friend was diagnosed with cancer? My husband Steven this year. How did you learn he was unwell? Did it come as a surprise? Going to clinics, yes. As women, we are very conscious of the importance of regular breast checks and […]

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    Steven

    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 noticed a sore on my penis. Did you check yourself regularly or were you aware of the signs and symptoms of male cancer before you were diagnosed? […]

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    Robert

    Age: 62 | 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 noticed what looked like a small wart on my glans about May 2013. This suddenly doubled in size and began to look nasty while I was out […]

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    Steve Prout

    Age: 40 | Testicular cancer

    Steve Prout, 40, runs a property rental company and lives in Berkshire with his partner Lizzie and son William, 10. I was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 36. I’d been feeling in good health and was in the shower at the gym when I first noticed the lump. Cancer wasn’t something I […]

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    Colin Osborne

    Testicular cancer

    Colin’s battle with cancer began in August 1994. Ironically, he discovered his lump at the same time as his wife discovered she was pregnant with their second child.  An ultrasound scan showed the lump was malignant and he underwent surgery – orchidectomy (removal of the affected testis). Following this surgery, blood tests and CT scans […]

  • Peter Withey

    Peter Withey

    Testicular cancer

    It was in 1987, at the relatively late age of 44, that I went to the doctor the first time and said I thought my left testicle was larger and ‘harder’ than the other. He dismissed it as probably just a temporary thing. Shortly after that the GP practice took on a new doctor and […]

  • Simon Bond

    Simon Bond

    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 August 2009 I felt general discomfort in my scrotum. It wasn’t specific, there was no lump, just ‘discomfort’. Went to GP as just felt something was not […]

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    Chris Dunkley

    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? I felt a small hard lump on my right testicle in bed, as most men do in private (some in public), I was casually rearranging. At first I […]

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    Paul Maidment

    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? Whilst in the shower – lucky really. I had always checked myself on an irregular basis. I got out, checked again, asked my wife to check and immediately […]