OK, got a phone call on Tuesday afternoon offering an appointment today (Thursday afternoon), so off we toddle to King's Mill hospital.
Saw the Consultant who had a little chat & then played his joker. The biopsies on the right side of my Prostate were clear but... unfortunately those from the left side were not so good. I have a Gleeson of 5+4 & the cancer is "extremely aggressive". As I am 67, he can offer 3 choices, a) do nothing & monitor-not recommended! b) high level brachiotherpy/targeted radiotherapy or c) surgery - his preference. Which course did I want as he wanted to start as soon as possible and in the meantime he would arrange a bone scan to see if it had spread.
I think I shocked him by saying I would like to discuss to options with my wife as it affects her as well but I would probably opt for surgery.
His next bombshell was that the treatment would be at Nottingham Hospital (I guess the City hospital but not sure) at which point I asked if it was possible to have it done at the Royal Derby Hospital which is actually nearer to our home & as my wife doesn't drive would be easier for her in respect of Taxis. He didn't se a problem with this other than he would be unable to arrange this as Nottinghamshire hospitals have no direct link to Derbyshire ones & I would need a referral from my GP. ( talk about complicated) but he would gladly make all my notes available.To put it into context our "main" residence is about 35 miles away from both King's Mill & Nottingham hospitals & 6 miles from Royal Derby, we have another property near King's Mill which we use as a base for when I have appointments at King's Mill for ongoing treatment for my neck & back - I have a long term spinal disorder & I could actually get a quicker initial urology appointment than at Derby - it was actually on the same day bas my Pain management appointment.
So, we left King's Mill at 4.30 pm & got back home at about an hour later, as we were driving into the village, Julie suggested we go to the Surgery straight away rather than phoning,so we did. I asked the receptionist if it was possible to speak to a doctor urgently,only to be told there were no appointments available & to attend our local drop in centre, at which point Julie got involved & we explained that I had just been diagnosed with aggressive PC and needed surgery quickly but would like to change hospital & needed a doctor's referral. She asked us to have a seat for a few minutes & she would try to talk to the duty doctor between appointments. 10 mins later she sat with us & had managed to arrange an appointment for 10 am in the morning. I felt really sorry for her as she looked really upset when she found out why we wanted to speak to the GP.
Anyway, apologies for the rambling, but somehow it feels good to see it in print. Stand by for the next thrilling episode.
Cheers for now. Steve