A cancer survivor from Bromley is set to run the Brighton Marathon to raise money for the team who cared for him and to encourage young men to talk about testicular cancer.

Troy Randall, from Bromley, will take on his first marathon along with his fiancé, Sophie, and brother Shane on April 10 - in support of Guy’s Cancer Charity, after being treated at the centre in 2021.

Troy, 32, who works as an environmental engineering consultant, is also using the opportunity to raise awareness of testicular cancer and encouraging men to check themselves regularly.

News Shopper: Troy receiving chemotherapyTroy receiving chemotherapy

Troy told The News Shopper: “The key thing is to not be embarrassed to go to the doctor and get yourself checked if you do find something you’re worried about,”

“It’s obviously not nice to go to the doctors and have to get your private parts checked.

“Going to the doctors early saved my life.”

The Brighton marathon will see over 12,000 runners enjoy a course that starts in Preston Park at 9.45am this Sunday (April 10).

Troy says he has been preparing for the marathon by running every week and building up the miles on each run.

He added: “Last week we ran 20 miles, so I think we’re prepared.

“We’ve raised our target of £2,000, which is great.

“It's obviously been a big commitment and the running does take it out of you, but we’re ready to go and feeling prepared.”

After noticing a lump in November 2020, Troy saw his GP and was referred for an ultrasound.

Doctors found that Troy had a tumour on his testicle, which they initially believed to be non-cancerous.

After undergoing an operation at his local hospital to remove it in January 2021, a biopsy found that the tumour was an aggressive form of cancer.

Although Troy thought the cancerous tumour had been removed, he was referred to the cancer centre at Guy’s to undergo a course of chemotherapy to reduce the chances of the cancer returning.

News Shopper: Troy hair loss after chemotherapyTroy hair loss after chemotherapy

Troy said: “I was lucky in some regards because they caught the cancer early.

“This meant I only had to undergo one cycle of chemo over 21 days.

“It could have been a very different story if I’d not seen a doctor when I first spotted the lump.”

Despite feeling mentally strong enough to cope with the chemotherapy, Troy says it took a toll on his body almost straight away.

Troy added: “After the first course, I thought I was alright, but as the day went on, I started feeling quite sick.

“Once I got in the car to leave the cancer centre, I blacked out and my parents said my eyes had rolled back as though I was having a seizure.

“I was taken by ambulance to A&E where I stayed until later that night and was told this sometimes happens to people due to a reaction to the first dose of chemotherapy.

“When I came in for my next doses, the team managed me carefully with different drugs and support to ensure it didn’t happen again.”

As the sickness continued throughout Troy’s treatment, he found it difficult to eat and as a result he lost a lot of weight.

He explained: “It was a really rough time, and I was glad when the 21 days were over.

“My hair began to fall out after I’d finished the course which was a reminder of what I’d been through which was quite hard to deal with.

“I didn’t start eating properly again until a few weeks after I’d finished, and it took a few months before I started to feel myself again.”

News Shopper: Troy Randall - May 2021Troy Randall - May 2021

Troy, who is now cancer free, will go for check-ups as a patient of Guy’s for the next five years.

Now getting his life back to normal, Troy is looking forward to his wedding to fiancé Sophie in July this year.

Troy said: “Despite the gruelling treatment, I don’t have one complaint.

“All the staff were so great.

“The nurses were kind and extremely attentive throughout the chemotherapy, especially as I had such a bad reaction when I had my first dose.”

“Since I was treated and have been open about it, friends of mine have told me that they never used to check themselves, but now they do, so it’s great to be able to do something to tackle the stigma attached to testicular cancer.”

To donate to Troy’s fundraiser, visit here

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