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posted by Monikita
28 November 2020

Small cell lung cancer

Last reply: 1 month ago
Hi all..I'm 31 years old November 27.2020 diagnosed with small cell lung cancer...I'm single mum raising 2 boys on my own..having no family completely on my own.question is what support I can get in my situation...thanks
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posted by Kazod
18 November 2020

Breast Cancer

Last reply: 1 month ago
Hi everyone, I'm new to this website so I'd like to just say I hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe from the virus. I had Breast Cancer 6 years ago which thankfully only required a lumoectomy and a month of radiation. However, last Friday I had to have a Breast MRI and the nurse rang me today with results. She said that the Radiologist reported changes and they were areas of enhancements but that they think it's hormonal and maybe I had my period at the time. I had a full Hysterectomy when I was diagnosed with cancer 6 years ago. Im wondering has anyone else heard of this and whether I should take them at their word or demand more tests. I'm very nervous tonight. She also said that the Consultant hasn't signed off on it yet. What's your advice anyone. Thanks in advance ❤️❤️
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posted by Emjsher
18 November 2020

Stomach cancer

Last reply: 1 month ago
Hi all. It's my first time here. My mother has recently been diagnosed with stage 2 stomach cancer. She will start chemo in the next few wks and have her stomach fully removed in a couple of months. I was wondering if there is anyone in the community here that has gone through this procedure? I think it would be really helpful for her to speak to someone who has been through the experience and come out the other side?
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posted by Richieof1
18 November 2020

Post Chemo insomnia

Last reply: 1 month ago
Hi all. First time here. I have B cell mediastinal high grade Lymphoma. I had my first Chemo last week which was infusion for 5 days 24/7 I St James. I have now been home for a week but suffering with side effects the worse being severe insomnia. Would anyone please have experience of insomnia post chemo and what you did to combat it. I have tried all the usual stuff and even sleeping pills are ineffective. I basically am falling asleep for 10 mins at a time then waking up.
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posted by Siobhan S
17 November 2020

Stage 4 Breast Cancer

Last reply: 25 days ago
Hey, Hope all are doing ok. Found out yesterday my breast cancer is now at Stage 4. I dont know what to do or how yo feel! Found a breast lump in June. Pre op scans threw up a query which docs were happy to check again after 3 months. Had a mastectomy and complete auxiliary clearance in Sept. My chemo is to start next week. I recovered really well post mastectomy and have been getting with life, getting walking and looking forward to getting back to work after chemo. The repeat bone scan has confirmed a lesion on one of my ribs so now I have gone from Stage 2 to Stage 4 overnight. Now i feel it's all up in the air again! It's like I'm living someone else's life, it's weird. Anyone out there similar story that can share their experience? Thanks S
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posted by Irish Cancer Society
17 November 2020

Take part in a cancer research study about complementary or alternative medicine

The Clinical Nutrition & Oncology Research Group in University College Cork are conducting a national survey looking at what types of complementary or alternative medicine cancer patients/survivors are using throughout the cancer journey and how they feel about complementary or alternative medicine. They’re hoping to be able to use the responses to see how best to support patients who wish to use these therapies and how best to discuss this within the hospital setting. If you or anybody you know has had or still has cancer, and was treated in Ireland, they would love to hear from you. They are looking to hear from people who have used complementary or alternative medicine and those who have not. You can sign up for the online/telephone survey here and if you are interested, they will also be organising more in-depth telephone interviews to hear peoples' opinions on this topic. It takes 2 minutes to sign up and the online survey takes about 45 minutes but you will get an email link where you can access it as many times as you need to complete it, and your responses will be saved for you in between sessions. Contact erin.sullivan@ucc.ie or 085 133 3050 for more information.
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posted by Sallyanne
09 November 2020

Mastectomy and reconstruction

Last reply: 3 days ago
Does anyone have any experience with a skin sparing mastectomy with implant and strattice direct implant. I had wanted to have skin stretching instead but because I have to have radiotherapy the success rate would be reduced, I have just had the operation a few days ago and am feeling very down - the breast implant looks so different to my other breast. Does it settle to look better when it heals? Has anyone else gone on to have surgery later on that worked better? Or does anyone have any words of advice? I know I should be focusing on recovery but am feeling so distraught with the loss of my breast - will it serve as a reminder that I had cancer all the time Thanks in advance
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posted by rubyfluff2020
16 November 2020

Lump in breast 3-6 month wait

Last reply: 2 days ago
Hi,I found a lump 4 weeks ago. Its movable but hard pea size. Go thinks could be a cyst and sent referral. The hospital has 6 month wait as she didn't deem it as urgent. The nurse also told me not to keep checking it. She send to another hospital last week after I called her and its 3 month wait for mammogram. So hard to know should I just wait or go private for mammogram. Its hard not to think about it. Do gps know when a lump is cancer by feel of them? Thanks in advance
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posted by blezzedray
10 November 2020

32 yrs Stage 3 Estrogen + BC

Last reply: 2 months ago
Hi I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast in August 2020 and my life has changed ever since I went in for an ekg in early July yearly requirement for my job physical and the doctor said that my results showed I had a heart attack he an I both agreed it was false reading but stated to be on the safe side see a cardiologist which I didn’t because I know I didn’t have one...little did I know this was a warning sign Well in August I went for my yearly visit to the gyno and durning the check doctor noted she felt a lump on my left side the next week I was scheduled for a mammo and us then a few days later went in for biopsy an another mammogram My result came back showed I had breast cancer I request to go to MD Anderson instead of local doctors. My mass grew within two weeks from 2cm to about 6.5cm my ki-67 is 70% my cancer is very aggressive I was very scared worried a would die fortunately I was but in the hands of wonderful doctors My treatment plan is 4 ac every 3 weeks and 12 weekly treatments of taxol. I have severe nausea I am taking zofran and comp. I’m only on 2nd ac but my mass has shrunk drastically after my first treatment I do receive steroids bf infusion I started losing my hair after my second week of chemo, I’ve had night sweats and joint aches I do have a port installed on the right side of my chest since cancer is on the left I will also have to have a mastectomy and radiation Today I was informed from genetics test that My bc was gene mutation not sure if it came from mom or dad and that I might want to consider double mastectomy because I am now high risk and later on down the line I’m at a risk of ovarian cancer...I have 7 yr old daughter an at the age 18 will be screened for cancer every year Out of all this I have a wonderful support team hardest part for me is the nausea, working full time , and trying to stay positive because chemo does cause depression almost everyday I have family or friends texting and calling checking in. My mom is a two time Breast cancer survivor She had it in 2001 and 2011 (Had mastectomy in 2011) took genetics test came back negative technology has changed since 2011
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posted by FAPHusband
28 February 2017

Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Last reply: 2 months ago
Hi I'm new to the forum. My husband was diagnosed with FAP over 13 years ago and had an immediate preventative subtotal colonectomy with IRA. Wondering has anyone out there also been diagnosed with this very rare genetic condition and if so, if they'd like to share?
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