Phil had been experiencing 18 months of ill health, which he and his doctor first put down to a flare up of Crohn’s disease. But after things didn’t improve, his local hospital referred him to a specialist centre for more tests in early 2019.
Sadly, the further tests found that Phil had a large tumour that had originally started in the wall of the rectum and had broken out into surrounding tissues. The tumour encompassed the bladder and prostate and was resting a few millimetres from his pubic bone.
Phil was told that he needed radical radiochemotherapy and eventually a total pelvic clearance. However, due to the size of the tumour, Phil’s consultant told him the treatment would be very complex.
As he was dealing with such a surprise and difficult diagnosis, Phil went to his GP to seek a referral for a second opinion. Phil’s GP recommended Mr Malcolm Wilson at The Christie. Mr Wilson works within the Colorectal and Peritoneal Oncology Centre (CPOC) at The Christie. CPOC has an international reputation for treating advanced and early colorectal cancer, appendix tumours, peritoneal tumours, anal cancer and tumours within the pelvis.
Within a week of being referred, Phil had his first consultation with Mr Wilson and his team. Mr Wilson confirmed the diagnosis of a T4 mucinous adenocarcinoma and put together a treatment plan.
“Given the nature of the treatment plan, I was initially very hesitant as at the age of 33, recently married and working as a self-employed personal trainer, the resulting treatment would mean a dramatic change to my life.
“Appreciative of my circumstances, Mr Wilson’s team arranged another consultation a few days after my initial one to go through, step by step, the treatment plan and what I would expect.”