A man who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012 and then began taking anti-androgen therapy has told the ABC he was never going to be able to fully transition to a woman’s body.
Key points:Dr John Hirst, who is in his mid-60s, is now a full-time man and wants to get marriedJohn Hirst said he was “not happy with my physical appearance” but hoped his treatment would be “treatable”John Hrist’s condition meant he could not have sex for several months, and even tried to commit suicideJohn Harts condition was diagnosed in 2012 after being diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his right breast.
He said he hoped his cancer could be treated with a treatment called Copper Fit Gloves, which he had been told were the only option for a man with the condition.
“I was never happy with the way I looked,” Dr Hirst told the program.
“The first thing I had to do was get copper fit gloves on.”
But his condition has improved and he is now happy and healthy.
“Now I am very happy,” he said.
“And I have a lot of confidence in myself.
I feel good, I feel normal, I’m happy, I love the world.”
Dr Hirst has a daughter who was born with an abnormally small tumour.
His daughter has also been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is on the waiting list for a second operation.
“My daughter has got an abnormality that was a very hard one to diagnose, so I was very disappointed and sad that she was going to need surgery,” he explained.
“We are waiting for a diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma to come back and see what the prognosis is.”
Dr John told the programme he had received some positive feedback about the treatment from friends and family, and had even been given the name “John”.
“I’m a pretty nice person, I don’t like to cause too much of a stir, I do not like to make people uncomfortable, I really want to make my daughter happy, to have a happy life,” he added.
“If we could just do it all for her, I think that would be the most important thing for her.”
Dr Johns treatment could help other menThe ABC interviewed dozens of people with prostate disease, and a large majority said they were interested in becoming women.
“One of the things that is really important to me is that I have made the right choice for myself, I have got to make a choice and I want to have it taken care of,” one woman said.
However, it was the men who had not yet decided to undergo treatment who were the most interested in doing so.
“When I heard about copper fit, I thought that would help me, because I have not had an operation, I’ve not had cancer, I haven’t been through surgery, and I would like to have the option to do it, but I didn’t think that copper fit would help the situation,” one man told the show.
“There are a lot people out there who are struggling with the same problem.
It’s just an idea that I thought was really important.”
Mr Hirst is now married to his wife of more than 30 years, and said he would be happy to undergo a copper fit operation.
He has been receiving treatment with Copper Fit for about five years, but said he wanted to do so for a longer period of time.
“It’s very important to make the best decision for your life and make the right decision for yourself,” he told the station.
“But there’s nothing that can’t be changed.
If I get my cancer out, that is fine, I won’t need copper fit.
But for the rest of my life I would have to change my lifestyle.”