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We also stayed at a hotel for the first two weeks of my radiotherapy and then stayed at a Cancer SElf Help Group where I could also get transport to the cancer centre. It was about half an hour outside the city. There was a gym at the Self Help Centre and I could also go swimming there as they had a pool. Also had massages, reflexology reiki and all sorts on offer there - all for the price of a donation - needless to say I made quite a large donation - after all it saved the price of staying at an hotel. It was more difficult keeping up with the gym when we stayed in the hotel those first couple of weeks but managed twice during the week and once or twice at the weekend when I returned home. I was never told anything about exercising between the gold seeds going in and the start of radiotherapy but then it was only about 10 days and over Christmas so actually didn't do much exercise then anyway - but I didn't row so probably would have been different if I had said I had. Where are you having your radiotherapy?
It's at the Beatson in Glasgow. I will be staying in the Jury Pond hotel which is very close. There's also a Maggies' Centre right next door so I will probably be spending some time there too.
Ah nice place to stay at a Jury's. Maggies is brilliant. Just been to my prostate cancer group - "The Walnut Club" today. Really enjoy talking to the other men and my wife oves chatting and having coffee and home made cake with the wives and partners.
All the best
I popped into Maggie's yesterday whilst waiting for my appointment and saw the prostate group meeting, it looked very busy. Is that where you went?
Once the RT starts I'll be looking for things to do as my treatments are all at 8:45am with the rest of the day free. It means that I'll be getting home on Friday mornings if the transport arrangements work. My first treatment each week is at 4pm so I can travel during the day and will only need to fill Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The programme at Maggies seem pretty comprehensive and I have also been told that all sorts of therapies are available at the Calman Centre but haven't looked into that yet.
Unfortunately, although I had my treatment in Cardiff the only Maggies Centre in South Wales is further west at Swansea and found it difficult to get there for the prostate cancer meetings during my treatment due to timing and getting back and forth on the bus to the cancer - almost impossible to park so as staying in cardiff used the bus from the hotel. Also, I actually lived a llot further West on the coast of Pembrokeshire at the time so it was a long way to travel for a meeting. However, we have now moved house and I go frequently now - atleast every other week to the meetings. I don't know about your Maggies but they have talks from all sorts of people - oncologists, radiologists etc and once a month out partners have a proper meeting where one of the Maggies staff talk to them and go through their concerns. The best part of the meetings is that you get to talk to other people at different stages of their treatment so can pick up tips on how to cope or a different medication that works better and so on - also good to socialise and it would have been good if I could have had my radiotherapy with the fiducial markers there where I could have walked to the Maggies Centre and attend the meetings or just go for a cuppa after radiotherapy every day but they only do that in Cardiff at the moment. Soon however they hope to build a Maggies at the Cardiff centre too - though was there today for my 2 year and final check up with the rad.onc. who did you treatment and can't see any movement any where near the centre on building a Maggies - it may be being built off site. Did you have a look at their time table of classes - relaxation, yoga, diet and exercise. I don't know if your Maggies does it but we had a post prostate cancer treatment course where we talked about the way forward after various treatments and did some really good keep fit exercises. As you are staying away from home it may be a good place to visit from time to time. Though it is also nice if you live away from cities to have a look round at all the things the cities have to offer - theatre, museums etc as we did - oh and my wife loved the shopping too!
All the best with your treatment and enjoy your time in the city!
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