Cliff was diagnosed with prostate cancer in mid-2017 and was the fourth patient to be treated at the centre. The 72-year-old agrees that the friendships are one of the positives to come out of a challenging situation.
“I struck up a few good friendships while I was having treatment. You see the same people each day and you get to know them. It was one of the aspects of my treatment that I look back on and it makes me smile,” Cliff says.
“I believe I was the first to have the gold seeds (fiducial markers, which help to accurately locate the prostate gland during radiation therapy). I had treatment every weekday for eight weeks. I was told I’d be one of the first patients to be treated at the new centre. I was a little bit nervous but also excited. It was nice to go somewhere new, that had all the bells and whistles. I was lucky that my treatment went smoothly and I didn’t have many side effects. The staff were excellent. Nothing was a problem for them and they were very helpful.”