Hornchurch man, 70, shares news of beating prostate cancer at Queen’s Hospital on Chris Evans Breakfast Show

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 August 2018

Ralph Gilbert, 70, from Hornchurch, rang the End of Treatment Bell at Queen's Hospital to mark the end of a course of treatment for prostate cancer.

Ralph Gilbert, 70, from Hornchurch, rang the End of Treatment Bell at Queen's Hospital to mark the end of a course of treatment for prostate cancer.


A 70-year-old man had the nation reaching for their tissues after he rang in to a popular breakfast show to share that he has overcome prostate cancer.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show has a regular segment where listeners can call in to talk about something they are doing for the first time and Ralph Gilbert, of Great Gardens Road, Hornchurch, thought this was the perfect opportunity to share his news.

He told the presenter and listeners that he was ringing the End of Treatment Bell at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, for the first time to mark the end of a course of radiotherapy for prostate cancer, lasting 20 visits over the course of a month.

Ralph, who was diagnosed in April, said: “I called in because I wanted to say thank you to all the staff at Queen’s Hospital for their fantastic care and treatment.

“The support has been wonderful.

“After I got the diagnosis, I was given a surgery option and a non-surgical option and was free to make my own mind up. There was no pressure about my decision.

“I was a bit doubtful about telling my family and a bit afraid, but my daughters were very supportive.”

The idea of the bell came from the End of Treatment Bell charity, which places them in hospital departments across the country.

Ralph’s wife Sheila, who have two daughters and two grandchildren together, described him as a “trooper” following his treatment.

He continued: “I’d also like to thank my family and friends up and down the country for their messages of support and for the fellowship of St. Peter’s Church, Harold Wood, and other local churches, for their prayers.

“Also for my fellow patients for being so overwhelmingly positive, and sharing their experiences with total strangers like me and my GP Dr Edison.”

Head of radiotherapy at the Rom Valley Way hospital, Stuart McCaighy said: “I’m so proud Mr Gilbert was pleased with his treatment here and we wish him the very best.

“We love seeing patients ring the bell – it’s one of the best sounds you can hear in the hospital!”

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