Aidan Adkins

Co-Chair and Trustee

In 2015 I was Director for Organisational Development for GKN plc. I was 53 with an engineering background and generally ignorant about prostate cancer. A PSA test in my routine work medical that year led to a diagnosis for aggressive, high-risk prostate cancer – despite no family history and no symptoms. My journey then began with surgery and then radiotherapy, androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and chemotherapy. Despite initial reservations I first visited my local support group (Solihull) in 2015 without realising that I would volunteer to be its Chairperson in 2018. I have learned a lot since 2015: the need for better awareness and earlier treatment; the value of peer support and the need to improve access to it; care doesn’t end when treatment ends; there has been progress but there is still much we don’t know about prostate cancer and much still to do; patient voices need to be heard; collaboration is essential; learning never stops. I am honoured to be selected by my peers to serve on the board of Tackle whose aims I will support to the best of my skills and capability to help change things for the better for all men and their loved ones.


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