my name is Michelle; I’m 42 year old mum of 4 - feeling little paranoid I think ?
I was diagnosed with stomach cancer May 2018, commenced FLOT chemo in May through to August then had surgery. 90% removal
turned down the post chemo as surgeon said he feels he removed all the cancer. It is now December 19 and I returned to work 6 months ago, I’ve started havin* a lot of pain iin my abdomin; and general body. Neck, shoulder, legs and back, vomiting is becoming daily . Latest scan shows small space/shadow - cervical spine. I had 2 separate episodes of gross blood in urine - bladder scan neg . I have started having same symptoms again, 5 days of heavy blood when passing urine; I initially thought my periods had returned ( not had them since chemo commenced may 18 ) however I’m not having blood loss in general, only when passing urine . Am I being really stupid.? I’m scared something is going on , or that gp will think I’m over reacting .
Thanks for getting in touch with us.
You’re not being stupid at all. It’s natural to worry about your cancer coming back when you’re having symptoms that are causing you to feel scared. You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t feel this way.
We would always advice that if anyone has symptoms that are new, persistent or getting worse that they see a doctor so that they can be properly assessed. We don’t say that because we think they are related to your cancer it’s just so that you can be reviewed and that you can get a diagnosis.
You can make an appointment to see your GP again, I’m sure they won’t think that you’re overreacting at all. You can also contact your specialist nurse about your worries. They may suggest that you get an earlier appointment to see your hospital team to be reviewed.
It’s important that you let your GP/ hospital team know about all your symptoms. They will be able to assess your vomiting, abdominal pain as well as your haematuria.
Looking after 4 children can be tough. There are many ways that we can offer you support you can call our Support Line on 0808-808-0000 and talk to one of our nurses about how you’re feeling. Our lines are open every day from 8am till 8pm.
You can also join our welcoming and supportive stomach cancer group. There is nothing quite the support that you can get from others who know what it’s like.
Please don’t hesitate to get back in touch with us.
Best wishes and take care.
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