Elstree cancer survivor shares story at awareness evening at Bushey The Spire Hospital

Borehamwood Times: Dr Stephen Karp; 1,000th patient Lionel Leventhal; and Cancer Partners UK’s Elstree Centre manager, Kelly Bullen Dr Stephen Karp; 1,000th patient Lionel Leventhal; and Cancer Partners UK’s Elstree Centre manager, Kelly Bullen

An Elstree man who successfully battled prostate cancer will tell others about his experience later this month.

Lionel Leventhal, 75, underwent seven and a half weeks of radiotherapy treatment at The Elstree Cancer Centre, in Centennial Way after he was diagnosed 18 months ago.

The semi-retired publisher, who was the centre’s 1,000th patient, will share his story at an awareness evening at Spire Bushey Hospital on March 26.

Mr Leventhal, who currently has six monthly checkups with his consultant Dr Stephen Karp, had been undergoing regular checkups for ten years when a biopsy revealed marginal cancer.

He said: “I’d previously associated radiotherapy with horror stories and dreadful side effects, but this simply wasn’t the case.

“I’m delighted to be speaking at the awareness event, and hopefully using my experience to help inform and reassure other men."

The free event, run by the Spire’s Prostate Practice, is aimed at those with a family history of prostate cancer and men who may be experiencing symptoms of or suffering from a prostate condition.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, killing 10,000 people in the UK every year.

It commonly affects people over the age of 50 and every hour another man is diagnosed.

However, new treatments mean a diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence and doctors at the Prostate Practice are encouraging men to get tested in order to catch any problems early.

Mr Leventhal added: "Hearing you have prostate cancer is a worrying time, and knowing what treatments are available locally, and what to expect – both regarding treatment and the emotional impact, can be most helpful.”

Consultant oncologist at the Prostate Practice Dr Roberto Alonzi said the awareness evening would outline common symptoms and dispel myths.

He said: “The important thing with any prostate condition – whether it’s cancerous or not – is not to be embarrassed and go to your GP.

“We have access to some highly effective treatments, but early diagnosis is key to a good outcome. Better awareness is essential and we hope to have a full house at both events.”

The prostate awareness evening starts at 7:00pm.

For more information or to book places, visit www.theprostatepractice.com

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