Hartlepool cancer patient urges people to check their urine for warning signs

Lew Hubbert
Lew Hubbert

A CANCER patient is urging people to look out for the warning signs as part of a campaign run by health chiefs.

The Be Clear on Cancer campaign advises people to watch out for blood in their pee.

Hartlepool pensioner Lew Hubbert discovered some blood in his urine following a trip to his allotment one day.

The 70-year-old discovered the same thing during his next visit to the toilet and immediately went to visit his GP.

He said: “When I first noticed blood it wasn’t very clear.

“It was just a blurry colour which didn’t quite look right. I thought it was probably from overstraining myself when I was down the allotment.

“When I noticed it again later that day my wife Pat told me to go straight to the GP, who referred me the next day to hospital.

“It’s strange because there were no other symptoms – I hadn’t gone off my food or lost weight and I didn’t feel unwell.

“I would urge anyone who has sees blood in their urine not to ignore it. Go to see your GP to get it checked out, it may be nothing but if it is cancer then you need to get it treated early.”

Lew visited urology at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, where it was found he had a tumour in his bladder.

Soon after he had an operation to remove the tumour and went through treatments of BCG and chemotherapy.

Lew, who has two children and two grandchildren, has over the last four years has had to have more treatments after tumours have returned in his bladder.

But he is hoping his most recent course of chemotherapy will prove to be successful.

He added: “For a while after I was quite sad and down about it all, rather than being scared.

“I had just retired the year before and I wondered why this had happened, but I took on a more positive attitude soon after.

“Now I am just hoping that the latest treatment will be a success.

“If I hadn’t noticed blood in my pee then I might have been worse – again, I urge anyone who has the same experience to visit their GP. The specialist nurses and consultant who have treated me have been marvellous and have kept me fully informed.”

Nurse practitioner in urology Karen Kilburn said: “The message couldn’t be clearer: if you see blood in your pee then go to a GP. There’s every chance that it won’t be cancer, but if it is you need to be treated as soon as possible.”