Steve Creighton’s prostate cancer story started out like many others. He felt little to no symptoms, but after a PSA check and biopsy, at the age of 57, Stephen became another a prostate cancer patient. After a surgery to remove his prostate he was told he would need seven weeks of radiation therapy.
“I was a bit scared going into radiation treatment. I didn’t know much about it. So I talked to as many people as I could – my wife’s friends who had gone through cancer, and even strangers,” Steve said.
To make the treatment that little less scary, Steve decided he would wear a different pair of bright socks every day of treatment. Alongside his fun socks, he would chose a different song for the radiation therapists to play at each treatment. For Steve, and the team at Icon Mulgrave, this became a ritual, and kept things in high spirits.
“It was a little thing that made it fun. The staff even wore their own bright socks on my last day of treatment and I brought in a cake in the shape of a sock in Liverpool team colours and played their song ‘I’ll never walk alone’ because I have never walked alone throughout my cancer treatment. I’d been surrounded by friends and family, and all my care team.”
A lover of music, Steve is hoping to translate his time at Icon Mulgrave and use it to give back and help prostate cancer patients. He is currently working on an album full of covers of all the songs that made up his radiation treatments. Radiation’s hot hits (socks and all!) once released will have 100% proceeds direct to Prostate Cancer Foundation Victoria.