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13th October 2020 Latest News

Research Giving Cause for Celebration

Colin Bartholomew at hospital

Celebrating his 50th golden wedding anniversary to loving wife Pam earlier this year meant a lot more than usual for Adelaide retiree Colin Bartholomew.

The couple’s dual battle against prostate cancer and breast cancer has meant the milestone is an extra special one.

“My prostate cancer journey started in mid 2017 and I’m in remission now. Pam’s first breast cancer started in 1996 and she’s had both breasts removed and is doing well too,” Colin said.

“It’s not very pleasant though I can assure you. I completed 40 treatments of radiation to kill off the cancer cells, and it burnt me internally.

“The hormone treatment affected me too, I got lots of side effects and reduced bone density. “I really wanted to share my story to tell everyone to listen to your body, get checked, keep an eye on your PSA levels.

“My PSA was bouncing around all over the place, one time it was 5, then 18 and so on, so I pushed to see an oncologist. I’ve heard too many stories of people leaving it too late.”

Colin Bartholomew

 

Colin and Pam are long-time supporters of The Hospital Research Foundation Group, which includes Australian Prostate Cancer (APC).

They have committed to leaving a gift in their Will to supporting cancer research and improving care.

 

“It’s an amazing organisation – you are doing incredible stuff! We’ve been on board since my wife had her first breast cancer diagnosis. The more people we can tell, the better.”

“I was asked to participate in a prostate cancer trial through the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, which is testing a new type of PSMA PET scan which provides whole body images of prostate cancer spread.

“The research happening is amazing and the care we’ve had from all the nurses and doctors across both Pam and I, has been superb.”

For more information about leaving a gift in your Will to APC or THRF Group, speak to one of our friendly team members on (08) 8243 1101.

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