Hockley Heath man holding ball in aid of Prostate Cancer UK after check saved his life - The Solihull Observer

Hockley Heath man holding ball in aid of Prostate Cancer UK after check saved his life

Solihull Editorial 17th Apr, 2019   0

A HOCKLEY Heath man is holding a charity ball after a free prostate cancer check saved his life.

When Peter Constable had a check at Spire Parkway Hospital, he didn’t realise just how life-changing it would prove to be.

An early discovery that he had prostate cancer resulted in an early and successful intervention that probably saved his life.

Now Peter and his wife Shirley are organising a black tie ball to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.




Peter, 57, was aware that checks were being carried out at the local Spire Hospital but hadn’t planned to attend – thinking that no symptoms meant no problems.

He later decided to attend.


He said: “Imagine my shock when two weeks later my GP contacted me to say my results showed I needed further tests.

“I was then called in to see the cancer nurse who sat my wife and I down and told us that I had prostate cancer.”

They were told that Peter’s two main options were either a two-month course of radiotherapy or an operation to remove the prostate.

“We left very shocked and went away to do some research before making our decision, he said.

“We received great help and advice from the Solihull Prostate Cancer Support Group and were told about a nerve-sparing prostate removal operation.”

In the end the couple decided on removal and met with Consultant Urological Surgeon Mr Alan Doherty who developed the nerve-sparing prostatectomy procedure. He explained: “The surgery is becoming increasingly common because prostate cancer is being identified in patients at a much earlier stage than in the past. However, it is only possible when, as in the case of Mr Constable, the cancer is confined to the prostate.

“This means that cancer clearance is achieved while limiting damage to the erectile nerves which lie around the prostate. The main benefit being that the majority of men able to have sex prior to the operation will also be able to do so afterwards.”

Back at work as a parts and accessories manager at Blade Motorcycles in Stratford Upon Avon, Mr Constable said: “My advice to men over 55 – or even earlier if there is a family history of the disease – is to get tested as soon as possible.”

Now the couple, along with Sharon Harvey from Flair with Flowers in Studley, are putting their efforts into the charity event to be held at Henley-in-Arden Golf Club on September 28.

It is hoped they also raise enough to sponsor a free PSA Test day similar to the one that Peter attended.

For more information about tickets or to offer raffle prizes for the evening’s big draw please call 07790166756.

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