"Insertion of stents into the arteries feeding my..."

About: Southend Hospital

Three years after treatment for prostate cancer, with the associated fatigue, I was still finding walking any distance resulted in having to stop and rest (1-2 mins) before continuing. Eventually I spoke to my oncologist who arranged for me to see a general surgeon to have tests for blocked arteries. This test took only a minute to indicate a low flow to my feet, followed by a CT scan. From the moment the diagnosis of blocked arteries in my legs was made I was treated speedily and with full explanation of the procedure, by both the General Surgery doctors and Radiology doctor and staff. On return to Windsor ward the staff were brilliant and helpful throughout my overnight stay (was told it was a day stay, notice of possible overnight stay would have been useful). Thank you all. Because of my confusion with the fatigue caused by Zoladex injections, for prostate cancer, my lose of blood through radiation proctisis and resulting low iron count, the blockage in the arteries was not obvious to medical staff because of these other conditions. As the first test (not sure but I think it was ultra sound) in the clinic took about 1 minute to perform , maybe it would be a useful test to perform on elderly patients, being treated for prostate cancer, complaining of fatigue. When I mentioned walking fatigue I was usually told it would take time to return to normal, both by hospital staff my GP and Prostate Cancer Charity staff.

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Response from Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Cowan

Many thanks for your useful comments which I will pass to the teams involved. I am pleased that the treatment worked well and I hope that you are continuing to improve.

Steve McEwen

Patient Experience Lead

Response from Southend Hospital

Dear Sir Many thanks for your useful comments which I will pass to the teams involved. I am pleased that the treatment worked well and I hope that you are continuing to improve. Steve McEwen Patient Experience Lead

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