A Prostate Cancer Survival Story from a Valued Customer

Posted on March 12, 2019

We recently received a wonderful letter from Mrs Joannah Redmond regarding her husband’s health screening. Mr and Mrs Redmond have kindly allowed us to share the letter here.

Mr Redmond was alerted to a potential problem with his prostate following a health screening with Bluecrest in late 2016.  His test results on the whole were very normal. But one blood test, our Prostate Cancer Risk (PSA) test, showed elevated levels of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in his blood.

An elevated PSA level does not necessarily mean a man has prostate cancer.  But it does suggest there may be a problem with the prostate. Following his health screening, Mr Redmond’s GP investigated his raised PSA level further. Read Mrs Redmond’s experience of his journey from diagnosis to recovery from prostate cancer below.

Mrs Redmond’s letter:

“In October 2016 I was sent an invitation to take part in one of your health screenings by post.  I did not take up your offer as I had recently visited my GP.  However my husband aged 61, who rarely visited his GP and considered himself fit and well booked himself in with Bluecrest at our local Marriott Hotel in early November that year. He added an extra test for PSA, bragging he would sail through the test as he was fit and well! Not overweight, no family history of the disease, active, never smoked and ate/drank sensibly.

A few weeks later the results were delivered by mail in an easily interpreted document.

His PSA level was grossly elevated.

But all the other results were extremely normal, in fact very good for his age. With these results in hand, he booked an appointment with our GP to see a urologist, and then after discussed options with a surgeon.

A couple of weeks after further tests and investigation, a laparoscopic radical prostatectomy was performed by a Giovinchi robot and surgeon Mr Johnathan Beattie.  My husband had an aggressive fast-growing form of prostate cancer.

My husband did not have any of the usual symptoms of urgency nocturia (excessive urination during the night) or blood in urine/semen prior to this diagnosis. He would not have gone to his GP and his life would have been cut short due to the type of aggressive fast-growing cancer.

We have just celebrated 2 years since surgery.

My husband is fit and well with no lasting side-effects from the surgery.  Thankfully, the prostate cancer had not spread. I have a husband who is alive and well. He is working full time and enjoying life with family and friends. We are holidaying and planning our future retirement.

I wish to praise you and your company for saving his life and probably many more of the clients you have screened.”

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Mr and Mrs Redmond enjoying a trip to Singapore in March 2018

Attending a relative’s wedding

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And celebrating their daughter’s wedding, 18 months after Mr Redmond’s surgery