A man who says he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer says he hopes to eventually be cured and that his doctors are doing everything they can to make his treatment possible.
John Stokes says he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer at the age of 52.
“My treatment was quite difficult,” he said.
“There was a lot of chemotherapy that I had to take for about 10 years, and it wasn’t easy.”
I would go for three months to a month and then I would have to have a blood test to see if I had cancer.
“But doctors have since changed their approach, allowing Mr Stokes to take part in a small trial of a cancer vaccine.”
The trials have been really positive, and now I’m feeling good,” he says.”
But I still feel a bit depressed, so I am just waiting to see how it goes.”‘
I’m not going to stop’Mr Stokes, who is a member of the Australian Medical Association, says his life has been turned upside down by the cancer.”
A lot of my friends, who have been through it, are still dealing with it,” he told ABC News.”
It’s not something you can put off forever.
“You’ve got to just take it on the chin, and if you can’t cope with it, then don’t worry about it, just try to do the best that you can to be as good as possible for your family and yourself.”‘
No idea how it works’Mr Strachan says he is hopeful his diagnosis will lead to a vaccine being developed.
“We’re not quite sure how it really works, but we do know it is a real, rare form,” he explained.
“So we’ll have to wait and see if it will be able to get through the screening process.”
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is also working to identify a vaccine candidate that will be suitable for use in patients.
“All of us working on this are keen to do whatever we can to get the vaccine out to as many people as possible,” Mr Strachans chief executive, Professor Michael MacNeil, said.
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