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  • 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...
  • Forum Post: Diagnosis

    Hi, Be really grateful if someone could help me with the following. Have had a few problems as my Husbands operation was in one hospital but he has been referred to another as that is where the Oncologist is. Currently waiting for an appointment although when I phoned the Oncologists secretary for an...
  • 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...
  • Forum Post: A new guy, with questions :))

    Hello :)) First of all of course i just want to thank you all for your times, advices and everything you do here, you've been helpful to me so much, and i think also to a lot of people who only come and read but don't write, so thank you again :) Me my self, was diagnosed with TC in May...
  • Forum Post: Chemo and infection

    HI! so, some of you already know my story... Started my BEP 111 trial last week, double dose Bleo, Double dose Cisplatin and etopaside - Well... felt like death warmed up within about 2 hours of it starting... that didnt stop until about day 5, home and started to feel a bit better until I went...
  • Forum Post: Chemo

    Hi Everyone again! So today had my pathology results from consultant - embryonal carcinoma :/ Apparantly it's an aggressive one? - My tumor markers / bloods came back normal before my op so I'm assuming that means it hasn't spread *fingers crossed* Consultant advised I will need...
  • Forum Post: RE: Sick Pay query

    Hi George & Jackie Thank you for your reply and help on this matter, i am just battling with them all the time, and its really getting me down now. They dont have a clue at all, and like you say they dont care cause they have no need to care. Its so hard trying to educate them on what you have...
  • Forum Post: RE: Chemo care package

    Hello! Most of what you stated are true and correct, also here are the main side effects of chemotherapy Fatigue Nausea and vomiting Hair loss Cold cap Increased risk of infection Anaemia Bruising and bleeding Loss of appetite Sleep problems My friend who undergo ovarian cancer chemotherapy...
  • Forum Post: Help about proposed treatment

    Hi everyone I saw the medical oncologist yesterday for the first time and he is proposing a course of Cisplatin & Pemetrexed (Alimta) combined. Then, if this is successful at stopping the spread/growth then Alimata every 3 weeks 'maintenance' for the foreseeable future. When I questioned...
  • Forum Post: Looking to meet other 30ish women with breast cancer...

    Hi all, New to the site; I'm currently undergoing four treatments for stage four breast cancer - I'm thirty and was diagnosed in December. I have great family, friends, doctors and support, but I don't know anyone else in anything remotely like a similar experience, and it feels like time...
  • Forum Post: Re: What Treatment Should I Take. (Decision Time HELP :)

    Thanks for the reply guys. It's definetly one cycle of BEP. I was just going over my CT scan results guys, and I noticed something. It says that residual thymic tissue is evident. What does that mean? I researched some sites and it says that it could potentially be abnormal. Any input is...
  • Forum Post: What Treatment Should I Take. (Decision Time HELP :)

    Hey guys, I need your help in choosing the right treatment. my pathology report is as follows. Tumour type : Mixed non Seminomatous germ cell. yolk sac (70%), Teratoma differentiated (>15%) classical seminova (10%), and embryonal carinoma (<5%) Left testicle removed lymphovascular...
  • Forum Post: Urgent Advice/Help sought - how make decision whether to do Chemo or not ?

    Hello - I am 77 years old and have triple negative, stage 2A, grade 3 aggressive breast cancer. Had mastectomy and axilla clearance (found 3 out of 19 lymph nodes had cancer). Just had bone scan and CT scans (results pending) Been suggested by oncologist option of FEC Chemo (6cycles over 4.5 months...
  • Blog Post: Last chemo done and dusted! 4th April 2013

    My sixth and last FEC chemo was on the 22nd April. The side effects hit me harder again this time, but here I am nearly two weeks on and I'm slowly recovering and I am feeling better each day. The sun is shining and that always makes you feel better! The hypnotherapy sessions to tackle my needle...
  • Blog Post: 4th March 2013

    Phew, the weeks are still whizzing by! I had chemo number 5 last Friday and thankfully the cannular went in first time, so no tears or shaking from me for a change. I told my youngest daughter, that my appointment was an hour later than it was as I didn't want her to witness the distress I get...
  • Blog Post: 16 February 2013

    I can't believe how fast time is passing! Chemo number 4 came and went on Friday 8th Feb. My veins are not playing ball as they are painful after previous chemo's, so after two attempts a doctor was called and the canular had to go in on the inside of my arm. I'm still trying to find a local...
  • Blog Post: 2013 - and stable

    Sorry about the gap between posts . Where was I? Part-way through a course of chemotherapy for CUP (cancer of unknown primary) in chest and throat lymph nodes ... and I suddenly realised it's been four months of treatment, and a right drag at that. I think I've been fortunate. I've had a...
  • Blog Post: 22 January 2013

    FEC chemo number 3 under my belt, yay! It was touch and go as to whether I would get to the hospital last Friday after a very heavy snowfall in Cardiff. Having had my chemo delayed the week before due to my low blood count, I was determined to get my chemo! I even googled how long it would take me to...
  • Blog Post: 16th January 2013

    Where has the last few weeks gone!! Well I'm glad to report that Cinders did go to the New Years Eve ball in the end! I managed to get a last minute place on the day, so hurriedly packed my posh frock and sparkly bandana and checked in at the hotel with my six friends! I had a couple of glasses of...
  • Blog Post: 30th December, 2012, day 9 of second round of chemo and I'm feeling goooood!

    So, having dreaded being laid up in bed over Christmas, I am so glad to report that I had a great one and ate all my christmas dinner and even managed some Buck's Fizz and mojitos! Despite the disruption of flooding and bugs, all my children managed to travel to me and they wouldn't let me lift...
  • Blog Post: The name of the beast

    (22 Nov, 2012) …is a diffuse large B cell lymphoma… its a non Hodgkins thing and is very aggressive (I knew enough to burst into tears with relief not fear when the consultant said it’s aggressive). I start chemotherapy on Wednesday… no doubt more on that later. ...
  • Blog Post: 21st December - week 3 and chemo number 2 under my belt, yay me!!!

    I have rested completely over the last couple of days and thankfully my blood count had gone up this morning when I had a blood test. I was so nervous about having a cannular put in, but the PICC line specialist that saw me on Monday, came and did it herself and although I found it stressful, it was...
  • Blog Post: 18th December - day 18 post FEC chemo

    It's been an eventful week since I posted my last update! I had my hair cut into a very short pixie crop a week ago today and it started to fall out on Saturday morning. I washed my hair and my hands were full of hair as was the plug hole. I thought I was mentally and emotionally prepared for it...
  • Blog Post: 11th December - day 11 of 1st FEC chemo

    Well so far day 4 and 5 have been my worse days on FEC! I don't have much energy or appetite still and the ongoing insomnia leaves me very tired, but its all manageable and I do what I can each day to keep some kind of normality in my life! I had a little road trip out to Sainsbury's on Sunday...
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