Alfred Samuels was diagnosed in early 2012, with Advanced Prostate Cancer, and initially given six months to live. Alfred survived due to his participation in the Cancer Research UK funded Stampede drug trial.
Alfred is now raising awareness that prostate cancer can be cured if caught early enough, and also raising funds for Cancer Research.
More men are now dying from prostate cancer in the UK than women are from breast cancer. One in eight men in the UK will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in their lifetime. That likelihood is doubled for black men, with one in four being affected by Prostate Cancer in their lifetime. Research, by Cancer Research UK, reveals that one man dies of Prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK, and that figure has been increasing over the past 20 years. Prostate Cancer UK estimates that more than 120 million pounds in research funding is needed to make sufficient advances in research, screening and treatment.
Alfred has survived advanced Prostate Cancer and he challenges everyone of us to become aware of the early signs of cancer, get ourselves checked, and help support the UK Cancer Awareness and Research Programmes.
About His Journey
Alfred has worked in the entertainment industry for the past 28 years, for stars such as Bob Dylan, Harrison Ford, Sade, Seal, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Mariah Carey, Oasis, Spandau Ballet and Rod Stewart, to mention but a few. Alfred lives in West London with his partner and family
Diagnosed in early 2012, with Advanced Prostate Cancer, Alfred went through an exhausting three-year intrusion of his mind, body, and soul. Alfred has written two books. The first covers extracts of a detailed day-by-day diary. His second book covers his interpretation of a cancer journey, along with its pitfalls, twists and turns of the side effects of treatment, and will to live.
As stated above, Alfred was initially given six months to live, after his diagnosis, based on the advanced stage of his cancer, he was asked if he would like to participate in the Cancer Research UK-funded Stampede drug trial. He had nothing to lose, so he went ahead.
The trial incorporated a drug called Abiraterone, along with the standard hormone therapy at the start of treatment for prostate cancer. He commenced the drug trial in March 2012, but things got worse before they got better. Alfred confesses, however, that throughout it all, there were days he thought he could get through everything, then there were days when he did not think he could continue. His mother had died of breast cancer. Six months later her sister died from cancer. Five years later their brother died of prostate cancer.
Alfred has a message below for men who might be hesitant about being screened for prostate cancer:
If you do not love yourself, you certainly love your family and because you love your family, you owe it to your family to be screened. Money is not the be all and end all of life.
Bear this in mind, prostate cancer is curable if caught early enough. You dont want to go the route I went and find that you now have a disease that has escaped the prostate and basically has metastasised, because your luck may not be the same as my luck. I have known many men who have passed away. Please do not become one of those men.
I may tire in my journey but, I will never ever give up, I will never ever give in.