Service planned to celebrate life of well-known surgeon

John Anderson
John Anderson

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 himself 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 taking place on Saturday, June 22 at St John’s Church in Ranmoor at 11am.

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

“John was very keen to let everyone know that this last year had been the best year of his life in many ways and he certainly lived it to the full,” he said.

“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 to so many of us. His presence will be sorely missed.”

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

He first came to Sheffield in 1987 as a urology registrar, and was appointed as a consultant surgeon in the city in 1991, with a special interest in oncology, particularly the detection and treatment of early prostate cancer.

He had previously spent time on a travelling clinical fellowship in Los Angeles.

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

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

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.”

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

“It will take over Ranmoor,” she said.

“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 BAUS.

Owen Sharp, chief executive of charity Prostate Cancer UK, of which John was a trustee, said he learned of his colleague’s death ‘with great sadness’.

“John was a fantastic trustee,” he said.

“Since being diagnosed, John used every opportunity to highlight why we need to do more to tackle this dreadful disease and his legacy will inspire us all.”

John also leaves five children aged 16 to 30 - Josie, Jamie, Luke, James and Ellie, as well as a grandson, Sebastian, aged six months.