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  • 20 Jun 2015 - 20:42
    Paulpwtierney's picture

    Having successfully completed the prescribed treatment of 35 radiation sessions and 2 chemo ( last one cancelled due to low white blood cell count )I am waiting on the scan for the all clear. The oncologist is confident the lymph node is cactus despite it still measuring 1.5 cms at week four. She said only one or two cases still have a lymph node after this treatment and the next step would be to operate. Has anyone had throat P type cancer ( due to HPV virus not smoking ) and still had a lymph node after treatment ?

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  • 20 Jun 2015 - 19:24
    JLO's picture

    I am a huge believer in "Everything Happens For A Reason".........

    The story I am about to share is a perfect example that there is a blessing in everything in life.

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  • 18 Jun 2015 - 15:46
    JLO's picture

    It was the 1st of June when I received an emotional phone call from my mother in law saying a cyst had been discovered in her pancreas. That night we went to RPA for further CT scans. On the night of the 2nd of June she was given the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

    The last three weeks have been an overload of information, several tests and scans. Her chemotherapy treatment is scheduled to commence on the 24.6.15.

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  • 4 Jun 2015 - 15:47
    Paulpwtierney's picture

    I have two concerns now. First is re-starting eating and I am imagining food continually but the taste is different. Second is whether the PET scan in mid August will be clear. The oncologist has already said if there is any remaining cancer in the lymph node that surgery is the only remaining option. I am stressed.

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  • 21 May 2015 - 16:07
    Paulpwtierney's picture

    Chemo 3 cancelled due to low white blood cell count. Some small respite but still one stubborn lymph node. After one week at home I am still seriously fatigued and no sign of eating. I had morphine a couple of nights and am mixing it up with panadol. I am still unable to face mouth wash etc. Strangely I prefer suffering. The bite on the bile is strong . I thought I was getting better but after venturing out today for a short walk realised how ill I am.

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  • 5 May 2015 - 11:58
    lɛftəʊvə's picture

    Happy Cinco De Mayo as Day 37 has been a long time getting here. The last of the radiotherapy treatments is in 2 hours time.

    Packed up my bags, booked my ticket home and the 600kms trek begins in a day's time. Back home to reality.

    Cannot say it is going to be easy as there is the unemployment problems looming over my head and that hassle has been there for 2 years. Head off to the employment agencies as I think I have more chances of getting a job then the dole.

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  • 1 May 2015 - 16:09
    lɛftəʊvə's picture

    2 Treatments to go and at 12:30 Tuesday 5th May otherwise known as cinco de mayo, I am heading out the front door of this hospital and going home for the first time in close to 2 months now.

    Appointment and blood tests for after the 6 week rest have been made and so the day before my next birthday I am back for what should be a 3 minute talk with the Professor then back home the next day.

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  • 1 May 2015 - 15:10
    Paulpwtierney's picture

    Week five yet completed and no throat pain yet but plenty of chemo hell. Managed to get some sleep last night after some new medicine for reflux. That acid burn was really hurting. One more week of no new chemo and then final week with chemo three going in. Chemo two caused a further 1 cm reduction in the lymph node.

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  • 1 May 2015 - 14:22
    Breezie's picture


    I am a 22 yr old female, and my Dad has recently been diagnosed with Advanced Prostate cancer (Gleason score of 9), that has metastasized to his Lymph nodes and Bones.
    Dad goes in for a radical Prostatectomy on Monday, and will have the surrounding lymph nodes removed as well, following from the surgery Dad will have intense radiation targeting the cancer in the Pelvis.
    We have not been given much more information yet, as he was only diagnosed last week.

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  • 28 Apr 2015 - 09:32
    Francesca's picture

    Hi, I'm a 50 yr old mother of three young kids, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer stage 1 which I had a radical hysterectomy. The pathology came back good as the cancer was confined just in the cervix. The gynecology oncologist suggests that I should undergo a 6 weeks Radiotheraphy as well. I am so confused now because they were talking no Radiotheraphy needed before my surgery if it's confined in the cervix which it was.

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