proceeded to get worse to where his foreskin was next to
impossible to pull back, very painful with intermittent bleeding.
So he went back
once again, and was given Nystatin cream and told to continue with the
Aldara. Things never got better. Being one who didn't go to doctors, and having
done so and had been given instructions, he continued with what he was told to do.
on September 25th, 2009, Curtis awoke and was bleeding profusely
from the penis. With several attempts to stop the bleeding we
proceeded to Emergency at the Colchester Hospital.
A tourniquet was applied to try and stop the bleeding, which only acerbated the
situation; with his elevating blood pressure from the uncontrolled
pain, the bleeding persisted.
Finally with repeated doses of pain
meds things subsided, only to have Curtis crash, where he had to
When his breathing returned, his pain had
subsided some, and so did his blood pressure and bleeding.
at QE2 was called for consult Blood
work was taken as well as catherization attempted but failed.
In the morning of the 26th when a bed was available, Curtis
was transferred to the QE2 in Halifax.
Upon arrival he was examined by an urologist and was diagnosed
with having penile cancer. X rays were taken.
A total penectomy
was scheduled the very next day.
On September 26th, 2009, Curtis
underwent a total radial penectomy and perineal urethostomy.
Though things were explained, everything had happened so fast, not
much registered. At a time like this, pamphlets or information
that we could have had in
hand would have helped so much.
Doctors must realize that most men don't "talk" on these things; talking or asking anything is difficult.
As well as the ability to take everything in at a time like this
is impossible. Literature or anything would be beneficial.
The operation lasted 1 1/2 hours and everything went well.
Margins were good, although Curtis had some trouble with elevated blood
pressure during surgery. He was sent for a cat scan a few days
later and was told pathology would be back in approximately 3
weeks. Curtis kept a light, jovial attitude, though at times I seen
how all the changes affected him so; he was vigilant in wanting to beat
Curtis was seen by internal medicine for his hypertension, high
cholesterol and diabetes....all diagnosed upon coming into the
hospital. On the 4th day post op, the catheter was removed and
Curtis went home with antibiotics. In two weeks he was told he
could return to work. But with everything that had happened and all the changes,
Curtis took 4 weeks and started his regime of cutting back on
salt, fats and sugars to control his hypertension, cholesterol and
diabetes. He wanted to try all he could be get back to being
healthy. In three weeks he had his diabetes, cholesterol and blood
pressure under control.
At his 3 week
check-up pathology report was in. Although margins were good, the
pathology showed an aggressive cancer. Due to this, as well as some
enlarged lymph nodes noted in the cat scan, a total lymphadenectomy would be needed. That same day he was introduced
to his surgeon and was told of the procedure. Once again, with
heads reeling, trying to take in information, we were left with nothing