59-year-old Ipswich local Paul Cahill is sadly no stranger to cancer. With a strong family history of prostate cancer, he knows all too well the devastating nature of a cancer diagnosis. 25 years ago Paul’s uncle died from aggressive prostate cancer, followed by his father who passed away with non-aggressive prostate cancer. With this in mind, receiving a kidney cancer diagnosis in 2016 came as a shock.
In a very lucky accident, a chance doctor’s appointment found a sign that something wasn’t right. When seeing a new doctor for his yearly check-up, Paul confessed he had been going to the bathroom four or five times throughout the night. After being referred for a urinary ultrasound which found a lump on his kidney, Paul faced a whirlwind of tests, scans and treatment.
“It was all a bit of a rush from there. I received a partial nephrectomy of my kidney in the hospital and was lucky that I didn’t need chemotherapy or anything. I took a few weeks off work and then everything was pretty much back to normal,” Paul said.