Farewell to top surgeon

John Anderson

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A retired Sheffield surgeon who was one of the country’s leading experts in prostate cancer has died at the age of 60 – after he was diagnosed with the disease.

John Anderson, from Ranmoor, worked as a consultant urological surgeon at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and was internationally-renowned for his work into the condition which eventually claimed his life.

John was told he had advanced prostate cancer last year, and spent his remaining months raising awareness of the disease.

A service to celebrate the medic’s life is to take place on Saturday, June 22, at St John’s Church in Ranmoor at 11am.

His widow Sarah, 48, an NHS manager, said: “From the moment he was diagnosed, John was somebody who put quality over quantity.

“He was going to live the life he had left to the full. He was passionate about his job and the patients he treated.

“Although he retired through ill health, he still carried on spreading the message about prostate cancer and raising awareness.”

John was originally from Redhill in Surrey and studied medicine at Bristol University.

He came to Sheffield in 1987 as a urology registrar, and was appointed consultant surgeon in 1991, with a special interest in oncology.

In his spare time he enjoyed playing golf, motorbiking and travelling.

John underwent hormone treatment and chemotherapy, but last November learned the cancer had regrown.

Adrian Joyce, president of the British Association of Urological Surgeons, said his friend will be ‘sorely missed’.

“He died very much as he wanted, at home with his family around him, and at peace. John was a superb colleague, an inspiration and a great friend and mentor.”

Sarah said St John’s Church will be ‘standing room only’ on June 22.

“Many patients became friends. He had a huge sense of fun, loved to laugh and joke,” she said.

His sole regret was being unable to accept the role of president of the British Association of Urological Surgeons.

John leaves five children, aged 16 to 30, and a grandson.

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