Graham Ogilvy’s Story


Journalist and publisher Graham Ogilvy joins OnFocus to discuss his recent experience with a prostate cancer diagnosis in Scotland that ultimately led him to seek treatment in England, and offers strong advice for men in Scotland to question the “blunt instruments” that are the default diagnostic and treatment offer there.

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Graham Ogilvy was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had to choose between having the prostate gland removed or destroyed with radiation and hormone treatment. He was interested in a third option, brachytherapy, but experienced a delay in accessing it.

During this time, he researched high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and eventually found a consultant who performed the procedure. He underwent HIFU and had a positive experience with a quick recovery.

Graham also expressed concerns about the biopsy procedures used in Scotland, which he considers to be inherently dangerous and potentially not accurate enough, and questioned why prostate cancer screening is not more widely available.

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