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  • Blog Post: Squeezing two months into two days.

    I've come a little later to this blogging lark than I'd like and I feel if it's to be cathartic I need to get some of the finer and frankly less hilarious thoughts out of my head and into the world wide web. I apologise in advance. I'm naturally one of life's worriers. I grew up...
  • Forum Post: Newly diagnosed with Anal Cancer

    Hi, I am new to the site and at the beginning of my journey. I had a haemorrhoid operation at the end of April and thought everything was fine, and was called back last week to see the surgeon, and was told that they had found Anal cancer in one of the lumps they removed. The surgeon told me I will need...
  • Forum Post: Radiation enteritis and proctitis

    Hi all, this is the first time I have posted on here but I am looking to see if anyone else is going through similar issues. I am 26 and was diagnosed with stage 2b in September 2012. I underwent chemotherapy in the hope I could have an operation to remove the tumour without removing my ovaries. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: The side effects of cancer treatment – webchat transcript

    Three experts recently joined us in the chatroom to answer your questions on the side effects of cancer treatment. Kate is a cancer information nurse from the Macmillan Support Line, Lizzie is a pharmacist and Lynne is a radiographer. They answered questions about the side effects of treatments such...
  • Forum Post: IMRT - Anyone had this for breast cancer?

    So I was supposed to start radiotherapy for breast cancer following FEC-T x 6 and lumpectomy this past Monday but got surprise news that I am not a candidate for standard radiotherapy (external beam) because of my anatomy so onc has given me 2 options: 1. Removal of all axilla lymph nodes + IMRT ...
  • Forum Post: Contact Radiotherapy for lower rectal tumours

    You don't always need an AP resection if you have been diagnosed with a low rectal tumour. Ask your oncologist if there is an option. Look up contact Radiotherapy or Papillon treatment for details. This treatment is now offered in 4 hospitals in the UK.
  • Forum Post: Contact Radiotherapy for lower rectal tumours

    You don't always need an AP resection if you have been diagnosed with a low rectal tumour. Ask your oncologist if there is an option. Look up contact Radiotherapy or Papillon treatment for details. This treatment is now offered in 4 hospitals in the UK.
  • Blog Post: Radiotherapy underway, day 29/33 to day 33/33

    29/33 Tuesday 06 May 2014: Weight 74.9 kilos. I was feeling very upbeat today as it is the last week of my R/T. Not quite so upbeat last Friday evening, when I passed wind, explosively, or so I thought. Turned out I’d soiled my pants. I had been warned that stomach gas would build up but hadn’t...
  • Blog Post: Radiotherapy underway, day 24/33 to day 28/33

    24/33 Monday 28 April 2014: Weight 74.5 kilos. A bit sluggish this morning, trying to get out of the house for 11.00, to arrive one hour before the 13.05 appointment. Needed a shower and shave but it all takes time. Slightly constipated. Needn’t have worried as one of the R/T machines had broken...
  • Blog Post: Radiotherapy underway, day 19/33 to day 23/33

    19/33 Tuesday 22 April: Weight 74.7 kilos. Had my usual weekly chat with Mitch. Told her about my niece’s new baby and my daughter expecting one in August. See, it’s not all about me. Everything ok with me, as far as I am concerned, although the tiredness each day when I get home is getting...