78-year-old Warrnambool local William ‘Bill’ McKellar never expected that after retiring in 2016, his vision of a relaxing future would soon be filled with appointments, tests, treatment sessions and the stress of a prostate cancer diagnosis. He had just returned from a big trip to France and Belgium, feeling fit and rejuvenated after years of manual work at a saw mill.
“I was 75 and still going good, other than a completely stuffed left knee. It was after a knee reconstruction in July 2017 that the first signs of prostate trouble began. Things had been brewing for a little while and I knew something was going on.”
After a visit to his GP, Bill was told that he had a very enlarged prostate and a PSA level of 9.7. He was then referred to a specialist urologist for a biopsy but as the risk of infection could have affected his knee, this was pushed out until the new year.