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posted by Tamz
10 March 2020

Worrying about nothing?

Last reply: 3 months ago
I had an MRI on my lower back which shows arthritis and the GP said they also mentioned some thickening of the lining of my womb. Ultrasound last year for a cyst showed everything was fine. My GP told me that this was nothing to panic about, there’s no tumors or anything this is something that just needs follow up and I may need a D&C. I looked back at my dates and noted I was ovulating around the time of the MRI. Regardless, I am In panic mode. Am I worrying for nothing??
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posted by smcpadden
05 December 2019

New Here

Last reply: 7 months ago
My father was diagnosed about 4 years ago with lung cancer. He’s also suffered with emphysema for longer. He managed at home for the past few years with my mothers care. Over the past few months his health had deteriorated. Upon our last appointment they told us he wasn’t well at all and could be a matter of weeks. He was admitted to St Mary’s yesterday and was in good spirits that they can fix him. We know at this stage there isn’t a lot they can do, but are going along with his expectations things might get a bit better. It’s been a sad experience that comes in waves. He’s very much still with it mentally. I just wanted to share and perhaps here from others who have had this experience.
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posted by Galwayauldwan
25 November 2019

The Terror of waiting

Last reply: 7 months ago
Hi all , I hope its OK to post here. My Hubby is 59 and last Thursday he had a scope procedure, they discovered a lump in his oesophagus. A biopsy was taken and a CT TAP scan was completed on Friday. So its Monday we are both in work in respective jobs . He was OK over the weekend -saying we dont know what it is ect. I am absolutely terrified - I have not told him this- I cant i need to be strong for him and our 2 sons (both grown up) So I'm posting here just so i can get it out. I have worked with Medical devices for years including esophageal stents so i probably have seen too much. so we wait. But I dont know how to wait without cracking up :( .
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posted by Armanda
16 September 2019

HER2 Positive Uterine Cancer

Last reply: 9 months ago
Anyone getting (got) Herceptin infusions for type 2 uterine cancer? I just started and wonder how its working or not working for you? Thanks for your response.
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posted by Gerri
14 October 2014

CUP

Last reply: 10 months ago
Hi, just wondering if anyone else out there has been diagnosed with Cancer of Unknown Primary?
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posted by aroche747
05 September 2019

osephageal cancer

Last reply: 10 months ago
Hi there my mam has just finished her six week radium and chemo treatment for an 8cm tumour on her osephagus . it was treated with curable intent but since mam has finished treatment there doesent see to be an improvement in her yet is this normal she flew trough the treatment but appears worse since its finished.. The radium doc said it the radium would be in her system for 6 to 7 weeks we have a scan in two weeks we are very worried.
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posted by JOE MAC
15 July 2019

Chondrosarcoma

Last reply: 11 months ago
Is anyone out there going through treatment for this cancer or any survivors out there? I got diagnosed with this cancer, the Tumour was removed, but the healing is taking so long, infection, MRSA, continues to need to drain. PAIN!!! and that's before follow up treatment, chemo or radiotherapy. Any help or thoughts or suggestions more than welcome. My email is Killasser@outook.com. Thanks Joe.
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posted by Lambo
18 January 2019

Follow up screenings

Last reply: 1 year ago
Hi, recently had a diagnosis of head and neck cancer, and possible metastasis due to one lymph node being positive for tumor. Primary tumor resected with follow up radiation. Can people advise in such a case what does the normal follow up screenings consist off .?
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posted by Hoof1
15 October 2018

FNA biopsy on thyroid -my experience and diagnosis

Last reply: 2 months ago
I'm describing my experience of an ultrasound guided FNA biopsy for anyone who would like information on it.  Although my 2 sets of blood results were within normal ranges, my doctor noticed a lump on my neck when I swallowed during a visit. Following a consult with an endocrinologist and an ultrasound I then went for the FNA biopsy. I am in my late twenties and had no symptoms at all associated with thyroid cancer. I would have been healthy and rarely needed to visit the doctor prior to this.  I had a good experience with the biopsy. The procedure was explained to me. My head was resting over a pillow so my neck was extended backwards. My whole neck area was cleaned with a wipe and alcohol rub (not very sure about the exact materials used) and a blue gown was put around me to protect clothing from the iodine put on my neck after the biopsy. I received a local anaesthetic (which was like getting the numbing injection in the dentist only in my neck). Felt like getting blood taken, only felt a pinch. After being left for a few minutes for the anaesthetic to take effect, I had to try and not swallow/move my neck, especially when the needle would be inserted into my neck ( I had one nodule/lump on my left side only). The gel was applied to my neck for the ultrasound to guide the needle. A countdown from 3 was used so I knew when the needle would be inserted. A slight pressure was felt where the needle went in but it didn't feel tight/ choking. I just knew it was there. I found it good to focus on a point in the ceiling to distract myself from it. The needle was inserted 3 times in total to get enough representative cell samples. A sticky plaster/bandage was placed over where the needle went in which I removed the next day. Felt fine after it, went home 10 minutes or so after the procedure.  For anyone wondering how it turned out, the diagnosis was papillary carcinoma. I'm having my left lobe of my thyroid removed in just over a week and have spoken to people who have had this surgery. Outlook is positive. Did have consult with surgeon and having vocal cord check, bloods and ecg prior to surgery. Don't forget to ask about risks with flying pre and post surgery just incase you are a high risk patient for surgery. Hope this post helps someone who is in a similar boat to me
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posted by Ailoco
11 October 2018

Vulvar cancer

Last reply: 1 year ago
Hi I was diagnosed with Vulval cancer in Jan 2017, at the age of 39. I had a partial radical vulvectomy 4 days later. All going well at my checkups until my 18 month check. Seems there are some areas of concern again, although my consultant thinks that should treatment be needed after the biopsy it will be laser treatment. I know women with this cancer are very few and far between, and I am a member of 2 online groups but they are uk & america, so thought I would post here and see if there is anyone else in the same or similar position, closer to home. Btw I'm in Dublin
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