Maylands resident turns prostate cancer pain into short film to help others


David Dyke, of Maylands, was diagnosed with prostate cancer a month ago.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d463205
David Dyke, of Maylands, was diagnosed with prostate cancer a month ago. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d463205

MAYLANDS resident David Dyke was in the shower when a Woody Guthrie song moved him to tears as he faced the reality of his cancer diagnosis.

Mr Dyke was diagnosed with prostate cancer last month, after a routine prostate specific antigen (PSA) check-up showed signs of cancer.

Originally overwhelmed by the treatment options before him, Mr Dyke has decided to make a short film about his journey to help other men.

Mr Dyke said a six-monthly check-up showed an increasing level of PSA, so he was referred to a urologist where a biopsy confirmed cancer suspicions.

“He gave me this card from the Prostate Cancer Foundation and said ‘go away and look at all your options’,” he said.

“I thought ‘wow’, there’s that much information – how am I going to absorb it all?”

Mr Dyke said he tried to find a video or film on the internet explaining how other men navigated the prostate cancer process, but found nothing.

“I thought someone needs to make a film or video – what about me?” he said.

He then enlisted the help of videographer Darrell Brown to make a short film about his journey to help future patients.

“The video will show my journey from the point I was diagnosed to making the decision,” he said.

Mr Dyke has begun filming and said there was a moment when he realised that despite family, friends and volunteering colleagues, he was alone in his treatment decision-making.

“I was going to go out, I’d had a shave and had just jumped in the shower … that song ‘you got to walk that lonesome valley, you got to walk it by yourself’ came on – the tears just streamed down,” he said.

Mr Dyke hopes to raise about $10,000 to cover the cost of the project which is awaiting approval by the Men’s Health and Wellbeing WA.

To donate call 9271 5654 or email dr1-dyke@iinet.net.au for more details.