Lincoln man fights prostate cancer during a pandemic
A Lincoln man shares his story of surviving prostate cancer, all while going to work, and during a pandemic.
(LINCOLN, Neb.) – A Lincoln man shares his story of surviving prostate cancer, all while going to work, and during a pandemic.
“Several years ago, I was a typical single male, late forties, I never went to the doctor. I didn’t need to,” said Nelms.
Kevin Nelms had no symptoms when he went to his annual health check-up, but, was officially diagnosed with prostate cancer in February.
Then the pandemic hit. But with noninvasive treatment plans from his doctors, he was able to get treatments at Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center Center in Lincoln.
“I think that it’s important to catch it early so that it doesn’t metastasize and move and grow where they cant treat it,” said Nelms. “In my case, it was caught early enough. It was still all localized to the prostate.”
Nelms continued to go to work when he could.
“I’ve been in the office again, back to the office this week back riding my bike to and from work,” adds Nelms.
Through many of his appointments, he says, the strongest symptom was fatigue.
“And fatigue isn’t really the word,” says Nelms. “I mean it’s just an all-over draining of the energy but, ultimately, I consider myself really fortunate if that’s the worst I had to deal with.”
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
And for Nelms, great news, he recently had his PSA levels checked, which showed no signs of cancer!
We were able to address it early,” said Nelms. “We were able to address it well and I think that it’s not going to impact the rest of my life.”
And he advises that men make sure go and get your annual checkups, so you remain healthy.