Gary’s Story

In November 2014 I was diagnosed with Prostate cancer. Whilst having tests for prostate cancer I was getting lots of headaches and vision problems.I put this down to stress. However, whilst having tests for the prostate, The weekend of the 15th February 2014 I had a really bad headache. It was so bad that my wife took me to the A&E department at our local hospital. They gave me tests and a CT scan and to my horror it showed a brain tumour. The 11th March 2014 I had the brain tumor removed at Kings College hospital in London. The tests revealed that I had a GBM level 4. I was given Chemotherapy seven days a week for 6 weeks and Radiotherapy for 5 of those days, running concurrent, for 6 weeks. I am now just completing my last of 6 months chemo.

Along with this treatment I have been doing the Ketogenic diet. My wife read about the diet and we decided to do it along with my chemotheraphy because we had not read about it whilst I was on the radiotherapy. At first, I found it really hard and I was very moody because I couldn’t eat what I wanted. I was then referred to Matthews Friends by a doctor at Charing Cross hospital and with their help I found the diet much easier because there was far more different foods that I could eat than I first thought. Matthew’s Friend’s Dietitian, Sue Wood, has been a great support to us through this journey. We were given training on how to do the diet correctly and on what foods we can and can’t eat. She is always at the end of the phone to answer any questions we are worried about. I started the Ketogenic diet about four months ago and we believe that the effects of the chemotherapy and radiotherapy are not as bad as we expected because of the diet. My oncology doctor is really pleased with my progress to date. I believe that the diet is helping me recover from the treatment because of how well I feel. I have no intentions of coming off this diet because I’m sure that this is helping me through the effects of my treatment and I also believe it is helping my immune system cope with the effects of the chemotherapy. I do have Hydrobaric Oxygen most Saturdays, if I can get there. I don’t know if that is helping but we read along side the Ketogenic diet it has some benefits and hopefully I will get better results. Obviously, we don’t know that for sure but I know I don’t feel as bad as I thought I would with all the radiotherapy and chemotherapy I’ve had. I have no intentions of changing what I am doing with the diet and hydrobaric oxygen because I feel so well. I would like to say a big thank you to Matthew’s Friends because had I not had the help and support from them I might have given up the diet because initially we weren’t doing it correctly, now we are and with support.