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posted by thinlizzy1979
21 February 2020

Biopsy results

So I bumped my breast on the top of a hard chair about 6 weeks ago, it def hurt at the time but I soon forgot about it. About a week later I got a really sharp pain at the site and when I put my hand to it I could feel a swelling, on further investigation I could feel a sort of long ropey lump. Went to gp and she advised wait til after period to see if it went away. Didn’t go away so I was referred to Breast clinic although gp said it was prob nothing and didn’t refer me as urgent, I didn’t want to wait so I decided to pay privately and was seen within a week. Anyway, consultant examined me, said that i had similar lumpiness in other breast just not as prominent, but would send me for mammogram and ultrasound. I have very dense breast’s so when she did ultrasound she said that although the lump looked cystic it wasn’t clear so she wanted to do a biopsy, she also mentioned haematoma? Well I was not expecting this and got very upset, when I went back in to the consultant there was a cancer nurse there and he said that I would have to wait for the results to be sure, but he did clearly say that it might still be all clear and that she had scanned my lymph nodes and they were clear which is a good sign? Sorry for the long post, just wondering if anyone has been through the same or if this sounds good or bad.
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posted by Monica
21 February 2020

Husband just diagnosed with Lymphoma

Hi All My name is Monica, and my husband has just been diagnosed with lymphoma of the skin. We have yet to be told what stage, but we know it is a very rare cancer and that success rates can be very good if caught in the early stages. It can often be misdiagnosed as Psoriasis, and sadly, for the last four years, that is what has happened to my husband since the lesions first appeared. I am so scared for him but trying to keep up a brave face. Was wondering if anyone in the online community had any advice or experience of this type of diagnosis Thanks so much Monica
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posted by flirish
18 February 2020

Need a wig, hats, hot/cold gel pack for hands/feet, etc??

I have finished my treatment and have several things I would like to offer to someone in need of these. I have a women's short hair wig (brown with blonde highlights), plus the stand, special care shampoo and a few soft hats/headcovers. Brand new/unused, I have a set of hot/cold gel covers for hand/feet (used for tingling in hands and feet). I also have a women's chemo shirt (zipper at neck for access to chest port), black/small. These items would be completely free to someone who could use them now (not sell them on-line). I live in D2, near the green luas and many buses. Message me at chuckjeanfl@gmail.com if you are interested.
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posted by Eilish
17 February 2020

My husband has metastatic prostate cancer

Last reply: 2 days ago
hi My husband, in the past two weeks, has been told he needs open heart surgery to replace a valve in his heart and has also been told that he has metastatic cancer, originally in his prostate four years ago and now in his pelvic bone region. Both conditions have me seriously worried and concerned and we still don't know which will take precedence i.e. open heart surgery or chemotherapy. He is currently taking hormone tablets with a view to getting hormone injections starting within the next week or two. Anyway, I am scared and feeling very alone, as apart from my two sons in their early twenties I have only a handful of friends and no other family. Not sure what I am asking for but would like to know and feel that I am not alone. Thanks.
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posted by Cathyhyn
17 February 2020

Hello

Is anyone using this
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posted by Cathyhyn
17 February 2020

Metastic breast cancer

Last reply: 1 day ago
I was diagnosed with cancer for the third time at Christmas . Am totally traumatised . Have had radiotherapy and am now on bone strengthening treatment every four weeks . Am very tired is this normal:
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posted by jc
07 February 2020

Switching treatment to a different hospital

Last reply: 4 days ago
Hello all! I have been diagnosed with breast cancer recently and just had my lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy last week in James. I've been told that I'll need radio, hormone therapy, and possibly chemo but I think I will find that out when I go back to James next Wednesday. Although it's only a possibility at this stage I would like to be in some way prepared, so I want to ask if anyone received chemo in Tallaght hospital after initially being treated in James? The reason I'm considering this is because I have heard that the cold cap to prevent hair loss might be available in Tallaght whereas it's not in James. Of course if I am to receive radium every day for a few weeks I'd be better sticking to James because it's closer to me, but I would like to be prepared. Any previous experience is welcome, I'm just curious at this stage without having a definite plan yet from my doctors. Thanks!
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posted by james87
12 February 2020

Recently diagnosed

Last reply: 4 days ago
Hi my partner went to gp on Monday and was told that he’s got testicular cancer . We are now waiting on an appointment with the hospital and don’t know how to feel the worry and not known is the worst part does anyone have any advice please on how to deal with this and how long an appointment would usually take to arrive thank you
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posted by Lambo
07 February 2020

Drug reimbursement, how does it work

Last reply: 3 days ago
Hi, I was diagnosed a long time back with head and neck cancer and it has metastized, however, it was not squamous cell carcinoma but clear cell carcinoma. My understanding is that this cancer type, rare as it is, is more commonly found in the kidney. I constantly review different treatment options out there but thus far nothing has worked for me. Latest update I have found is that a combination of Nivolumab (Opdivo®) with ipilimumab (Yervoy®) seems to have best response for RCC. (Renal Cell Carcinoma) My query is this, looking at the HSE approved list of drugs, this combination is approved for use in patients with Renal cell carcinoma, and it's also approved for head and neck patients with squamous cell carcinoma So, my head and neck is not squamous cell carcinoma, so I guess that rules me out on that basis, and even though my cancer is more associated with RCC, I am also ruled out of this combination treatment because my cancer is head and neck even though it's more commonly part of RCC. Can someone please advise what are my options here and if I have this right. I have tried taxol and platin, that combination didn't do anything, also tried sunitinib, which also did nothing, I am now on Xeloda. Should this latest treatment not do anything then I want to raise the possibility of Nivolumab (Opdivo®) in combination with ipilimumab (Yervoy®) with my consultant, but want to know if it's reimbursable for my particular case. Would appreciate any help from anyone out there who might know more on this subject.
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posted by jk91
11 February 2020

My mother

Last reply: 4 days ago
Hi all I’ve just started on this , my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer 4 weeks ago and since then just got nothing but bad news ,, spread to lymph nodes in the neck and chest , tumor is bigger that first thought ,, now being told can’t do radiation as to much fluid around the tumor which has built up in just 2 weeks ,, hopefully start chemo next week ,, My question is this no sugar coating all I want to know is this curable at this stage ???,, I need to know has anyone solid info on this as I’m broken A straight forward answer please
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