Richard, London

Richard, was treated by Peter Bullock for a secondary malignant brain tumour.

What and when were the first signs of your illness?

I have been fighting prostate cancer for five years and it has spread to my lungs and liver. They discovered earlier this year that spread to my brain. I suffered agonising headaches and a marked deterioration in my ability to speak and think.

How was it diagnosed, and by whom?

It was discovered by my oncologist Professor Jonathan Waxman after a CT scan.

How did you come to Mr Bullock?

He was recommended to me by radiologist Dr Nicholas Plowman.

What has your treatment involved and how long did it take?

I was operated on immediately. The operation took six hours. I spent a week in hospital, then a week recuperating, then two weeks having radiation treatment at the Cromwell Hospital. I have also had a blood transfusion at the Hammersmith Hospital to treat anaemia, and scans and follow-up consultations with Mr Bullock.

What has been the outcome?

Too soon to tell but I feel much better. My intellectual faculties are back to normal.

How have you found your time as a patient with Mr Bullock?

He had a very good, very encouraging manner. I had complete confidence in him. Although the operation was long and complicated and I looked like I had been in the ring with Mike Tyson, I made a steady recovery. The scar on my head has healed well. It is no exaggeration to say that he saved my life. He is an amazing surgeon. For anyone who has to face this unpleasant experience I would not hesitate to recommend Mr Bullock.