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A question for motorbike riders

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Posted 25 Oct 2022 at 14:14

My husband has had motorbikes all his life. He's an all weather rider, and regular visitor to the TT. I was just wondering if he'll be able to continue riding through, and too treatment, which will be brachytherapy & radiotherapy, 30 miles away at The Christie in Manchester. Bikes have always been his passion, and recently, his sanity saver, as two weeks after he was given the diagnosis, he decided he wanted to go for a ride, get some air & something to eat. Ten hours later we were back home after riding 500 miles, and having had lunch in Edinburgh. If at some point he has to stop riding, I have everything crossed that it will only be for a short time.

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Posted 25 Oct 2022 at 14:36

I still ride my bike every day even rode to hospital and back for my radiotherapy not sure if he has a prosectomy he might have to refrain for a while it settles no reason to have to stop riding think Dave 64 still uses his bike on a regular basis 

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Posted 25 Oct 2022 at 15:32
Yes, I think the abdominal muscles would be an issue after a prostatectomy. Probably have to give it a rest for 2-3 months at least. Should be fine during RT, though.

Chris

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Posted 25 Oct 2022 at 16:43

Yes, I still ride my bike regularly, and I rode it to most of the radiotherapy sessions at the Christie (I am an all weather biker, but thunderstorms are a bit much). Traffic and parking is so much easier on a motorbike.

Assuming he is having HDR brachy, it will be an overnight stay, with general anaesthetic, he won't get much sleep, as hospital wards are not good. (BTW food is excellent, if I get a recurrence of cancer, I'd be happy just to get another portion of Key Lime Pie).

So if you can give him a lift home after the brachy that would be good, other than that it is motorbike all the way through.

As others have said with a prostatectomy you would need a good few weeks for muscles to heal. Not so much for general riding, but for when the bike falls over at the super market carpark, and with great embarrassment you try and pick it up before everyone has noticed, and give yourself a hernia.

Dave

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Posted 06 Nov 2022 at 12:20

Parking is easy on a motorcycle. Carpark D on Wilmslow road is about 300 yards from the hospital. I think it is £1 per day, but I was told to just drive my bike through the pedestrian entrance for free, and if it says carpark full ignore it. For radiotherapy I parked on Cotton Lane on the public road, restricted parking but could always squeeze a bike on the end. (Only 100 yards from the entrance to the RT suites).

Carpark C is a small multistory in the grounds of the hospital. I think I parked my car in there once, I can't remember if I parked my bike there though. I guess if I were in overnight I would want the bike in the multistorey for safety. I never chained my bike up, it's not like the centre of Manchester.

 

Dave

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Posted 16 Jan 2023 at 21:50

Glad he's on his bike, and by the time you read this he will be over half way through. Going to be cold next week though.

Dave

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Posted 04 Feb 2023 at 10:45

Riding a motorbike reduces your chance of dieing from prostate cancer.

Dave

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Posted 25 Oct 2022 at 14:36

I still ride my bike every day even rode to hospital and back for my radiotherapy not sure if he has a prosectomy he might have to refrain for a while it settles no reason to have to stop riding think Dave 64 still uses his bike on a regular basis 

User
Posted 25 Oct 2022 at 15:32
Yes, I think the abdominal muscles would be an issue after a prostatectomy. Probably have to give it a rest for 2-3 months at least. Should be fine during RT, though.

Chris

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Posted 25 Oct 2022 at 16:43

Yes, I still ride my bike regularly, and I rode it to most of the radiotherapy sessions at the Christie (I am an all weather biker, but thunderstorms are a bit much). Traffic and parking is so much easier on a motorbike.

Assuming he is having HDR brachy, it will be an overnight stay, with general anaesthetic, he won't get much sleep, as hospital wards are not good. (BTW food is excellent, if I get a recurrence of cancer, I'd be happy just to get another portion of Key Lime Pie).

So if you can give him a lift home after the brachy that would be good, other than that it is motorbike all the way through.

As others have said with a prostatectomy you would need a good few weeks for muscles to heal. Not so much for general riding, but for when the bike falls over at the super market carpark, and with great embarrassment you try and pick it up before everyone has noticed, and give yourself a hernia.

Dave

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Posted 06 Nov 2022 at 11:16

Hi Dave, can I just ask if there is parking for motorcycles at The Christie?

User
Posted 06 Nov 2022 at 12:20

Parking is easy on a motorcycle. Carpark D on Wilmslow road is about 300 yards from the hospital. I think it is £1 per day, but I was told to just drive my bike through the pedestrian entrance for free, and if it says carpark full ignore it. For radiotherapy I parked on Cotton Lane on the public road, restricted parking but could always squeeze a bike on the end. (Only 100 yards from the entrance to the RT suites).

Carpark C is a small multistory in the grounds of the hospital. I think I parked my car in there once, I can't remember if I parked my bike there though. I guess if I were in overnight I would want the bike in the multistorey for safety. I never chained my bike up, it's not like the centre of Manchester.

 

Dave

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Posted 16 Jan 2023 at 13:06

Just a brief update on this. He continues to ride his bike as usual, and only stopped for the three weeks after brachytherapy, due to having a catheter in. He's had 11 of 23fr, and feeling fine so far, so has mostly gone on his bike. 

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Posted 16 Jan 2023 at 21:50

Glad he's on his bike, and by the time you read this he will be over half way through. Going to be cold next week though.

Dave

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Posted 18 Jan 2023 at 18:31

Only stopped riding a few few years ago,
Nothing to do with Prostate Cancer 
Do Miss it 

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Posted 04 Feb 2023 at 04:43

This is a good conversation,  I gave bikes up a few years ago, but when I was given my diagnosis it made me think of what I had become.  So I have decided to get a bike again,  have put it on hold as I will be having a prostate  removal as told this was best option for me. Reading all of these made me think have I made the right choice in putting it on hold

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Posted 04 Feb 2023 at 10:45

Riding a motorbike reduces your chance of dieing from prostate cancer.

Dave

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Posted 04 Feb 2023 at 12:14

Originally Posted by: Online Community Member

Riding a motorbike reduces your chance of dieing from prostate cancer.

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Posted 04 Feb 2023 at 13:14

My OH has been riding since his mid teens, when he did trials riding & motocross racing. And even before his diagnosis he's always said that, if there ever came a time when he couldn't ride, he would still keep one, so that he could sit in the garage or garden with it to either tinker with, or just to admire and sniff.

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Posted 05 Feb 2023 at 00:27
I bought my first motorcycle at a very tender age for fun and like most young people at the time because I couldn't afford a car. There followed many bikes over the years and some of my happiest memories were long ago as a member of a leading motorcycle club. We had many a laugh at meetings of our social section (held at a pub) and enjoyed outings which included visits to race meetings and taking part in road trials. I was also a member of the Trials Section but due to lack of funds didn't have a van or trailer to transport my competition bike, so I had to ride it to and from events which meant riding it during events and with the sweat freezing under my Barbour suits on the way home. We had to get home early as the bikes lacked lights. We also ran a Hill Climb and organized Scrambles which were televised. I suppose they would come under the heading of Motocross nowadays. There was also a Racing section for those who competed on tracks and the Isle of Man TT races. I was not a member of this but did get a ride round a couple of tracks. Even on the road before the 70mph limit, those of us with powerful bikes were breaking the ton at times and this was before discs brakes became available. There are some stories I could tell but will resist on another person's thread!

Suffice to say, from time to time I bought a bike and for some time justified it by using it to commute from my home to my workplace in London, which meant I had it for pure pleasure at other times too.

Having had a long break from bikes, I bought a Yamaha XJ900s Diversion for my 80th birthday. It was a later version of the bike I used to ride to work on many years previously. I rode it home from somewhere near Slough to Devon only to realize it was now too heavy for me and uncomfortable due to back problems and spondylitis in my neck. So it has remained unridden in my garage for six years now. I must fettle it when I get the time and sell it, as sadly I have come to the realization that my biking days are over. But what times I had, greatly enhanced by being a club member for the early years.

Barry
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Posted 05 Feb 2023 at 03:32
Great background Elle Jay and Barry.

Reminds me that we all were and are much more than what PCa has made us. I was bike mad in my teens - lived, breathed and dreamed them. Was a Brit bike snob then but appreciated and moved on to Japanese later.

Still got a couple.

Cheers John

 
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