Mr Hardacre said: “When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I wanted to research the best possible form of treatment for me, which is how I came across proton beam therapy. I am delighted to say the treatment has gone exceptionally well in that I have been given intensive cancer care without suffering any gruelling side effects.”
“It will take some time before I know that the therapy has been a complete success but what I know is, that my body has been spared damage to healthy tissue and I have been able to go about my daily life during treatment. I was told to expect that my body would show signs of improvement in terms of how I was feeling within three months and that has already happened in even less time. I realise that protons are not the answer in every case – and I still have to wait to see how things finally work out but I genuinely believe we are in a new era of cancer care in this country now that proton beam therapy is finally available.”
Mr Hardacre, aged 56, from Woolaston in the Forest of Dean, was treated for another form of cancer a few years ago with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and found recovery tough.