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  • Blog Post: My first session of Chemotherapy and hair loss

    I had my first chemotherapy session towards the end of Oct 2012 and because it was my first one my mum was able to come with me. We went to the Beatson together and I signed into say I was there. When the nurse came to speak with us to go through she spoke to my mum and we had to have that awkward moment...
  • Blog Post: About us

    my name is Jodie and my beautiful mum has been diagnosed with terminal Lung cancer. It has spread but to what extent were not sure the main tumour is in her right lung and we know it's in her lymph nodes above her left collarbone. She is having another CT scan next week so we may know more then....
  • Blog Post: A tough ride...

    Well Mum had her 2nd lot of chemo yesterday, at least she knows what to expect this time and she's not looking forward to it. It's been tough watching her suffer with the pain and sickness but I'm guessing a million times harder to go through it so I just keep smiling and telling her it'll...
  • Blog Post: The beginning..

    I decided to man up and go to the doctors... within 3 weeks and after 2 doctors appointments, an ultrasound and an appointment with a Urologist at my local hospital I heard those dreaded words.. We think its testicular cancer Jack, my life literally flashed before me.. I froze. I'm the sort...
  • Blog Post: So Far...

    So today is Day 10 of my 63 Day treatment plan... I'm now half way through week two and so relieved! It’s not been easy, but I’ve managed … I’ve been put on a course of Chemotherapy called BEP which is a 21 day course, the reason mine is for 63 days is because I’m...
  • Blog Post: What happens when you have a central line or a PICC line?

    Chemotherapy, blood tests, antibiotics, intravenous fluids – if you’re going through cancer treatment, you may feel that you’re constantly having to deal with injections and needles. An alternative can be to have a central line or a PICC line inserted. These are long flexible tubes...
  • Blog Post: Heart health and cancer treatment

    To see what else Macmillan's cancer information team has been blogging about, please visit our blog home page ! You can subscribe to receive our blogs by email or RSS too. Has your heart been affected by cancer treatment? Or do you have an existing heart condition as well as cancer? Macmillan...
  • Blog Post: Struggling after chemo

    My Mum started chemotherapy last wednesday (5 days ago) for stage 4b cervical cancer. This was an incidental finding following a routine gynae op, she had had no symptoms. She is having 3 different chemo drugs, including Avastin, the others I can't remember. She is on a cycle which runs so she has...
  • Blog Post: Chemotherapy webchat - Wednesday 18 February

    This week, we’ll be holding a live webchat all about chemotherapy. It’s your chance to ask the experts your questions about chemotherapy treatment and side effects. Cancer information nurses Bill and John will be joining us live in the chatroom on Wednesday from 12-1pm. To take part...
  • Blog Post: Chemotherapy webchat transcript

    Last week, Macmillan Support Line nurses Bill and John joined us in the chat room to answer your questions about chemotherapy. Topics included the long-term effects of chemotherapy, joint pain and neuropathy and the effect of chemo on blood vessels and travelling. Here are all the questions and answers...