Prostate cancer survivor encourages regular health checks
Published at: 13 Sep 2019
IT WAS A RESULT OF A TUMOUR ON HIS KIDNEY 12 YEARS AGO THAT ULTIMATELY LED TO LES OROSZVARY'S PROSTATE CANCER DIAGNOSIS.
The Greater Shepparton City councillor had been working in his role as a police officer at the time during the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
“I didn’t feel 100 per cent and couldn’t put my finger on it,” he said.
After a CT scan revealed the tumour, Cr Oroszvary said he had his kidney removed which prompted him to get annual general health checks.
“Every year I have a prostate check,” he said.
And it was two year’s ago when Cr Oroszvary's results required further investigation.
“Mr (Peter) Mortensen took a number of samples of the prostate and they found I had prostate cancer,” he said.
While it was a shock hearing the news, Cr Oroszvary said they had detected the cancer early which meant his chance of survival was high.
“He referred me to another urologist, and I had a lot of conversations with my wife about the future direction,” he said.
When they sat down to discuss options with his surgeon, Cr Oroszvary had already decided what he wanted to do.
“I wanted to have it out,” he said.
It was not a simple decision, however, with Cr Oroszvary aware of both the possible negative and positive outcomes
of the surgery.
“If it meant I could spend more time with my family the decision was pretty easy in that regard,” he added.
After being referred to St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, Cr Oroszvary underwent surgery to have his prostate removed.
It was a nerve-wracking process, but the surgery was a success.
But his recovery did have its challenges.
“It’s not simply a case of you go in have the operation and remove the prostate; that’s just one aspect of it,” he said.
“The rehabilitation afterwards, that all takes time.
“I went through some tough times in the early stages.”
Cr Oroszvary said many people suffered when it came to regaining their continence but he pushed through the pain, completing exercises to assist in continence control.
“I was lucky because I managed that very quickly,” he said.
He encouraged other men to know their family history and to get regular health checks.
“Men, generally speaking, and the culture may be changing, but men are notoriously slack at checking their own health.”
“If you get onto (diagnosis) early then (prostate cancer) is entirely curable.
“You need to be proactive in relation to it; if you’re proactive you stand a chance of survival.”