I was diagnosed with prostate cancer about 10 years ago and opted for active surveillance, originally seeing my consultant each 3 months but for the past 5 years this has been every 6 months. Before each consultation I need to arrange a blood test to check my PSA level and once a year I have an MRI scan.
Being due for a consultation early in April, just after lockdown started and being both over 80 and in the vulnerable group, I was apprehensive of going for the blood test as that would have meant going to the third floor testing centre in my local hospital where there is always a queue in a fairly crowded waiting area and an average of a half hour wait.
So I did not go or turn up for my consultation, thinking there was no point without a PSA reading already in my oncologist’s in-tray. My consultant phoned me to reassure me the hospital had taken precautions to enable both blood tests and MRI scans to be taken safely and to give me a new date for the consultation in May.