Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. He had first noticed a lump on his breast as a young man, and 5-6 years it had grown again but a sudden growth in size had concerned him. His had a mastectomy, and was treated with radiotherapy and tamoxifen. Treatment was unproblematic but he developed a sarcoma in his wound that had to be drained.
In his early twenties he first noticed a small lump in his breast. He squeezed it and managed to get some pus out of it. It caused no further problems for many years until 5-6 years before being diagnosed it grew again, then stopped. It did not change again for another few years until it grew to twice its original size very quickly. He then saw his GP who referred him quickly to a specialist. He was initially very frightened about his diagnosis, but was relieved it had not spread anywhere else in his body. A Macmillan nurse was very helpful and she allayed many of his fears.
He was found to have the BRCA genetic mutation. He does not have any children, but he told his cousin and warned her to ensure her family was aware and to check their breasts.
He was open about his diagnosis with his friends, and found his female friends took an active interest and would ask questions. His male friends did not ask many questions and this frustrated him. There were a couple of people he did not tell because he thought they might make jokes about it. In general he relied on his own resources to get through the diagnosis and treatment.
The specialist centre that he attends is a women’s centre and he found it difficult sitting in clinics surrounded by women. He had a good relationship with the breast care nurse and received information that was relevant to both men and women. He also searched the internet for information.
He has a keen interest in alternative therapies, particularly crystals, which he used to try to stimulate his white blood cells. He has changed his diet, and has eliminated caffeine and tries to eat organic food to keep well.