News - 20th July 2018

Recovering from prostate cancer


In March this year I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had to decide whether to have radiotherapy or have my prostate removed (radical prostatectomy). Without going into detail, I weighed up these options and chose surgery.


The operation was carried out at the end of April and went extremely well. My post-operation recovery was then pretty rapid, to the extent that I was told by my surgeon, six weeks after my operation, that I could start light running and even start parkrunning again as long as I took things steadily.


My surgeon and physiotherapist both said the fact I was doing Abingdon parkrun every week before my operation was a likely factor in my rapid recovery. I’ve also recovered quickly from some of the side effects of the operation, which they suggested was almost certainly in part attributable to the strong pelvic floor muscles that running helps to maintain. I’m sure it’s also the case that my desire to get back to doing the parkrun as soon as possible was an important factor in ensuring I maintained a positive mental attitude throughout – something that can be vital in helping the recovery process.


The treatment, care and support I received from the NHS was superb and I really can’t praise them enough. I give similar praise to parkrun too for being a fantastic organisation and for certainly playing its part in my recovery.


Chris Dent
parkrunner A2991825

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