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Interview 11

No urinary symptoms. Has seen information about the PSA test and would have a test if it were offered.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Senior partner, engineering business. Marital status married. Number of children’ 3. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 64
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 39

    He had lost weight and had erectile problems. In 2004, at his annual check up, he asked for a PSA test, which was slightly raised. After a biopsy he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and treated with hormones and brachytherapy.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Retired engineer. Marital status married. Number of children’ 3. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 69
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 33

    In 1996 he consulted his GP because his urinary flow wasn't as powerful as previously. Investigations, including a blood test and biopsy, indicated prostate cancer with metastases in bones. He is treated intermittently with hormones. He also finds spiritual healing helpful.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Retired electrical technician. Marital status married. Number of children’ 6. Ethnic background’ Afro-Caribbean.

  • Age at interview 70
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 31

    He had urinary symptoms. The GP found he had an 'enlarged' prostate, and did a PSA test, which was 'raised'. He was referred to the hospital, where he had a biopsy, which was negative. Symptoms treated with Finasteride and Flomax.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Retired engineer. Marital status widower. Number of children’ 4. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 69
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 30

    No urinary symptoms, but he asked for a PSA test because a friend had prostate cancer and because of media coverage. PSA found to be slightly raised. In 2004, after a biopsy, cancer was diagnosed, and treated with hormones and then brachytherapy.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Consulting engineer (semi-retired). Marital status married. Number of chidlren’ 2. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 66
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 29

    In 2004 he had urinary symptoms. PSA 9.5ng/mL. After a biopsy, prostate cancer diagnosed, and it was also found that cancer had spread to the bone of one arm. Hormone treatment with some side-effects, but feels well.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Retired plumber. Marital status married. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 65
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 26

    When in Canada he had regular health checks, so on return he asked his GP for yearly digital rectal examinations. In 2004 his GP said that a blood test would be a better way of checking for prostate cancer. His PSA test was "normal".

  • Background

    Occupation’ Retired, Sales and marketing. Marital status single. Ethnic backround’ White British.

  • Age at interview 61
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 23

    He did not have any urinary symptoms, but in 2001 he asked for a PSA test, which was found to be 5ng/ml. A biopsy was performed and prostate cancer diagnosed. He had a radical prostatectomy. His PSA is now 0.2ng/ml.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Retired IT executive. Marital status married. Number of children’ 2. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 62
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 22

    Had repeated urinary infections. He suspected this was due to an enlarged prostate, so asked for a PSA test, but the GP refused until he had an appointment with a consultant. In 2005 PSA was "normal" for his age, 4.5 ng/ml. Symptoms treated with antibiotics and Flomax.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Clinical researcher (health care). Marital status widower. Number of children’ 2. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 67
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 20

    In 2004 developed a urinary infection, treated with antibiotics. Reluctantly he had a PSA test which was raised (31ng per ml). The consultant said this was due to the infection. He suggested saw palmetto, which has helped reduce urinary symptoms. PSA is now lower, 10.9ng per ml.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Part time university lecturer. Marital status married. Number of children’ 2. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 66
  • Sex/Gender Male