Still grieving the loss of his loving father who passed away from prostate cancer at the age of 94, 68-year-old John Murray found himself diagnosed with the same heartbreaking disease in June last year.
After one of John’s regular check-ups, test results showed a high PSA level. Concerned with the results, doctors sent him to have a biopsy, which sadly confirmed news John didn’t want to hear.
“When I was first diagnosed I was shocked, I had just seen my father lose his life to prostate cancer and I was about to face the same battle,” John said.
The treatment John underwent was called brachytherapy, where radioactive seeds are injected into the prostate, damaging the cancer cells and destroying their ability to divide and grow. Thanks to early detection, this less-invasive treatment was an option for John.
Having to travel to the Royal Adelaide Hospital from his hometown of Whyalla for the operation, John and his loving wife Judy had concerns about where they would stay throughout the treatment.
“I had no idea what we were going to do. Thankfully I had heard of the Under Our Roof homes from my two friends who stayed there while receiving cancer treatment,” John said.
The Under Our Roof homes provides accommodation for country cancer patients receiving treatment at hospitals in South Australia. Australian Prostate Cancer is a charitable affiliate of The Hospital Research Foundation Group, who fund the project that has now been providing accommodation for Australian families since 2015.
Today, John is happy to share his PSA levels have dropped and he has received the news from his doctors he is now cancer free!
“I’m feeling great now and I can go back to enjoying my life with Judy, my family and friends. I am extremely grateful of the outcome and am happy to say I am cancer free.”
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