Menopause

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Hi everyone.

i finished treatment back in February 2023 and have had two NED scans. 
I have however started menopause with a bang!

I recently have have started with slight yellow discharge and low tummy ache, like a dull ache when stating a period (I don’t have periods anymore) feel dry and irritated down below.

I’ve had an internal examination at the GP and a swab and it came back normal. 

has anyone else had this?

thank you xxx

  • Hi  

    Nice to see your name pop up again! Sorry I can’t help with any similar experience as I was post menopausal at my first diagnosis, but maybe some of the other ladies who have been put into menopause by treatment will be able to relate. You will still be under the care of the consultant, so I’d make contact with them or your CNS and get advice from them as to whether they feel you need to be seen again or have another type of scan. The gp is limited in what they can offer and as your swab has not shown any issues, it would, I think, be good to have advice from your specialist.

    In the period following treatment I only ever saw my consultant or someone on his team and by passed the gp. To be honest, I never even thought of approaching the gp with anything at that stage. I hope you’ll find it is “just” menopausal symptoms, but best to check. Going through natural menopause is different so I didn’t have the pain and discharge you describe when going through mine.

    Hope you get some answers and help soon.

    Sarah xx


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  • Hi Sarah,

    how are you doing?

    since this post I have had my first year mri and again NED.

    its so difficult as every ache, pain, twinge i automatically think its back! 

    Hope you are well xx

  • Hi  

    That’s really good news to read this morning! I understand exactly what’s it’s like thinking it might be back but I think as time goes on that becomes easier to deal with.

    I passed my 5 year anniversary from my original diagnosis in September 2023, and then passed my 4th anniversary since my recurrence in March just gone. 

    You might might this paper useful to have a read of-

    After The Treatment Finishes-Then What

    I still go back to it from time to time just to read it again-it’s very good and speaks about life after cancer and how we can deal with it.  We need to find ways of living our life without having the fear of recurrence hanging over us, and that can be a real challenge. I know I felt completely floored when my cancer recurred and felt much worse than my original diagnosis for a time until I came to terms with it. Nowadays I definitely don’t let fear of recurrence dominate my life as that’s not really living.

    Basically I’m doing fine thank you-had my gallbladder out last September (unconnected to any cancer) and recovered very well and quickly. More recently I had a stroke 2 weeks ago, but thankfully again have done well after that. I do tend to be quite a positive person, and I think overall that is helpful.

    Will you get more scans going forward or just checkups every few months? How are you getting on with the menopause, dare I ask?? Hope things are well for you.

    Sarah xx


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