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  • Blog Post: Body image and cancer video – Sharing your experiences

    For some people, cancer can have a big impact on their body . Treatments like surgery , chemotherapy , radiotherapy and hormonal therapy can change the way your body looks, works and feels. The changes that have happened to your body can be a constant reminder of your cancer diagnosis and treatment...
  • Blog Post: 4 weeks into recovery

    I think it's 4 weeks tomorrow that I finished my 6 week course of RT for salivary gland cancer. This week it feels like things are picking up. Firstly I have started to eat real food. When I say real, I'm not sure it would be to everyone's tastes, but I'm moving beyond ensures, and pureed...
  • Blog Post: Radiotherapy session 16

    The weekend seems to have been a good break, although the skin on my cheek/ neck is still very tingley. It was really tough getting the mouth piece in today, and the fit of the mask is quite tight, but I can just about put up with it. Saw the registrar rather than the consultant today with the...
  • Blog Post: Radiotherapy Day 1 out of 30

    Started the radiotherapy today. Had to be there for 9am but no one had mentioned there was a whole different waiting area for appointments. Once we found that out we were quick to be seen. A nice gentleman went through what was happening again, checking that I knew what to expect and going over possible...
  • Blog Post: Radiotherapy - Day 18

    Didn't have too bad a night last night. Still waking up every 3 hours to take my various medicines, and dealing with the dry mouth/ saliva issues but am getting back to sleep very quickly. The Dr had said I would need to increase the oramorph up to 5ml this week, but I'm still getting by on 2...
  • Blog Post: Day 48 - Consultants, insurance, eating more calories and waiting......

    The second appointment with the consultant was last Friday. He feels a bit like an old friend now, and I recognise the nurse too, so it's a comfortable experience now. Explained to him the results of everything that's happened since I last saw him and the dates for RT starting next week. He...
  • Blog Post: 1st Day without radiotherapy

    Today is my first day without radiotherapy, it feels such s relief not to be getting ready to trip of to the hospital although I do feel a bit lost without all those people around. The main thing that's changed is the increased mucous/ thick saliva that's being produced. There's a lot...
  • Blog Post: Recovery 5 weeks on and found a use for that mask (pic attached)

    I feel like I've really begun to turn the corner now, and the biggest factor in this is the improvement in my eating. The steroids have definitely improved my appetite, and I seem to be hungry all the time! I'm also managing to eat a much wider range of foods. I can chew on the side that still...
  • Blog Post: Fatigue and Wiltshire a Farm Foods

    One thing that has come as quite a surprise is how much worse the fatigue has become over the last 4 or 5 days. I found that even taking a shower yesterday I felt exhausted washing my hair and had to stop for a break. I'm also sleeping for much longer over night so I'm not getting going till...
  • Blog Post: Radiotherapy- 4 to go

    Into the final week. This seemed so far away at the start I can't believe I'm here now. Had the consultant meeting yesterday and although if lost a tiny bit more weight she said overall she was very pleased with how I've done on the food/weight front and that it's brilliant that I've...