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Guildford bladder cancer "warrior" calls for open conversation

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Guildford bladder cancer "warrior" calls for open conversation

Published at 6:01am 7th June 2017.

A Guildford man, who was recently given the all clear from Bladder Cancer, is calling for more open conversation around the disease. 

Bladder Cancer is the seventh most common type of cancer in the UK but is it talked about enough?

Local business owner Nick Caldwell, a father of two boys, was diagnosed in 2016.

The 44-year-old has recently been given the all clear after a year of treatment.

Nick was treated at the Royal Surrey after being diagnosed with the disease in February 2016. 

He noticed blood in his urine in March 2015, but didn't go to the doctor until October of that year, when he saw the same thing. 

He blames it on lack of knowledge, and says it's not publicized a huge amount. 


He explained how he felt when it first came out: "That weekend going home - it does start hitting you like a ton of bricks. After a couple of days, you start taking it all on board.

"You start associating it with having a young family and the boys and running the business and all that sort of side to it."

'There's a bit of a line of taboo'

"I was quite up for the challenge and ready for it. My eldest son is 18 and we figured we'd all be talking about it around the house and he was old enough to take it on board..

"So we told him straight away."

The Caldwell's decided to wait until Nick was cured to tell their younger son. 

"As soon as you mention the C Word - it's quite interesting how lots of people are different in the sense that some people can talk to you quite openly about it...they'll have a bit of a joke with you, or be a shoulder to cry on.

"Equally, other people you tell - you get the impression other people don't really know what to say."

"It is a bit crude talking about some of things you had to go through. It's like cervical cancer I suppose, or breast cancer.

"So you wonder whether there is a bit of a line of taboo against some stuff. In reality, we're all human. We're all exactly the same. Unfortunately, something has failed in our system."




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