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posted by 3007
10 December 2023


Last reply: 15 December 2023 10:06
Does metastasised prostate cancer qualify as a disability for Disability Allowance?
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posted by hippy
07 December 2023

Vaping after Breast Cancer

Hi everyone. I am a 14 year Breast Cancer survivor. Following my diagnosis I quit smoking and really looked after my health. In 2020 I finished Tamoxifen after 10 years and life was good. In 2021 my partner of 29 years died very suddenly and traumatically and I witnessed the whole event. I had evere PTSD and started vaping to help with anxiety. I quit vaping last month but I am now scared that the vaping may cause my cancer to reoccur. My mammograms have being clear but I am still really worried. Does anyone vape years after diagnosis. Is there any test I can have to keep an eye on this. I know blood tests dont show Breast Cancer reoccurence, I would really like some advice on what I should do.
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posted by DeclanS
01 December 2023

Skin Biopsy Results Delay

Last reply: 08 December 2023 14:44
Hi, my dentist noticed a suspicious looking mole behind my ear and referred me to an oral & maxofacial consultant. After review he removed the mole on the 24th October and advised it would be about 4-5 weeks to get results back. My stitches were removed after 10 days and they made an appointment for me for today (5 1/2 weeks after removal) to receive results. Today at my appointment they told me the results weren't back yet and have booked me in again for the 12 December. Is it usual to take this long to get results, or is it a bad sign, I.e. sample being sent for further review ?
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posted by irene79
29 November 2023

Painless lump in armpit

Last reply: 12 December 2023 15:15
Hi I went to my gp today after finding a lump in my armpit about 4 or 5 weeks ago. It’s painless but yesterday and today I have a tingling sensation going down my arm to my fingers which is annoying only. I checked my own breasts and didn’t feel anything but Iv naturally lumpy breasts. Gp checked breasts couldn’t find anything either but has referred me to have a mammogram and ultrasound for the lump under my arm as it visibly noticeable with arm lifted but also while looking at me straight on in a sitting position . She said she doesn’t think it’s anything to worry about but better to get it checked out and said I could be called anywhere between 2 to 4 weeks. I’m 44yrs old and 4 months post vaginal hysterectomy due to fibroids and prolapse womb and bladder on hrt 4 yrs as went into early menopause. I feel well in myself but tiredness is my biggest issue. Iv two daughters early teens , husband and my mind is on over drive with if buts and maybes. has anyone been diagnosed with under arm lump or had an under arm lump and it turned out to be ok? Sorry for the rant and TIA
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posted by Jacky
29 November 2023


Last reply: 25 February 2024 12:34
I had prostate cancer some years ago. And it was successfully treated by brachytherapy. Unfortunately it has returned. My consultant has now recommended testosterone suppressing medication followed by focussed, high-dose brachytherapy. There are risks of damaging side effects with this treatment. I am aware of newer, reportedly much less risky treatments abroad such as NanoKnife ( irreversible electroporation ) in the UK ( London)and elsewhere. This is not available here. Anybody out there willing to share their NanoKnife experience with me please?
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posted by Ned707
28 November 2023

Biopsy results wait…

Last reply: 23 December 2023 14:11
So I Finally got called for my mammograms and ultrasound over 3 months after 1st breast clinic appointment. I ended up having biopsies on the lump and a lymph node. Breast changes just keep coming :( lump increasing, skin dimpling and puckering, change in texture, unexplained cording and swollen lymph nodes… I was told I’d be called back in 2 weeks for results. I got appointment letter 3 days later but doesn’t mention to bring anyone. Is this a good sign do you think or was it just an automated appointment and a standard letter sent…. Can reports be done and discussed so quickly, in 3 days? Trying to stay positive 🙏🏼
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posted by Cancer Nurse
28 November 2023

November is lung cancer awareness month.

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in Ireland. Early detection of lung cancer does improve survival. If you have any symptoms of lung cancer it is important that you get these reviewed by your GP. Symptoms of lung cancer include:A cough that doesn’t go away, or a change in a long-term coughWheezing, difficulty breathing or shortness of breathRepeated chest infections that won’t go away, even after antibioticsCoughing up blood-stained phlegm (sputum)Pain in your chest, especially when you cough or breathe inDifficulty swallowingUnexplained weight loss/ appetite lossIf you have any of these symptoms it is important to have them reviewed by your GP. After reviewing you, your GP may recommend that you are referred to a Rapid Access Lung Clinic for further investigations. Rapid access clinics provide initial investigations for those with suspected lung cancer and help reduce the time waiting for investigations and a diagnosis. You can contact our nurses on the Support Line if you have any questions or would like information about supports available. Our Support Line number is 1800 200 700, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. 
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posted by Geraldino
26 November 2023


Hi my husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer in august, tumour removed and all was fine until we received a call to say they think he may have it in his nodes. he’s due to have a EUS and petscan, we have limited VHI cover, will we have to pay a % of the petscan or is this 100% covered under the HSE . i’m worried about finances as he will be out of work once the treatment starts . Ger
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posted by Mire
26 November 2023


Last reply: 27 November 2023 16:02
Hi, I have been having issues with stomach pains for over a year know. Had a colonscopy. Endoscopy. Capsule endosocpy ultrasounds ct scans. Only thing found was gastritis. My dad had pa creation cancer in 2015 and my pain is on a daily basis with fatigue. I am really scared that something was missed but I feel like my doctor is not listening to my co concerns I have 2 small kids and I fear it might be cancer but feel like I am not been taken seriously.
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posted by Ad10041
25 November 2023


Having been diagnosed with prostate cancer in February this year at the grand old age of 40, I had surgery in June. Cancer has officially gone, but its the after effects of surgery I'm struggling with. No more than the lack of elections, using the pump once a day for 10 minutes, have been a bit slack this week, only used it 3 times. The viagra isn't having any effect whatsoever, going from a walking erection to nothing is difficult mentally. To be honest the urge isn't even there anymore. I have full control of the bladder and use the gym around 3 to 4 times a week, I'm in pretty good shape physically considering what I went through, just this last hurdle to get over. I know it can take anything up to 2 years to get back to near where I was previously, I just suppose I needed to vent a little is all
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