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the big C word

Discussion in 'Other Health Conditions and Diabetes' started by himtoo, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Everyone has already said it, but keep going, get treated and keep talking to us. X
     
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  2. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    haha -- if you knew me in "real world" you would be telling me to be quiet

    huge thanks for all the support.
     
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  3. magsiesss

    magsiesss Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Its always awful to hear of anybody being diagnosed with anything c related ... I wish you all the best and am loving your positivity x
     
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  4. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    How are you and have that said much yet?
     
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  5. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    thanks so very much for the support -- it is appreciated so much more than you will ever know !!

    right now just awaiting a date for an MRI scan
    got told 2 - 3 weeks
    has been a week so far
    fingers crossed
    x
     
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  6. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Worrying time just waiting... The NICE guidelines of 60(ish) days til an op wlithout needing chemo first is a horrendous waiting game.

    My most painful part of my treatment waa having the nuclear injection in the nipple of the breast to be removed the day before the op!! I cried and cried!!

    Feel for you...I also had to plan moving the day before my mastectomy so didn't really have much time to think about the Op...
     
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  7. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    update -- my appointment for MRI scan is next tuesday the 19th ( YAY !! )
    so only a 12 day wait from the C diagnosis
     
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  8. slip

    slip Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Paul - just seen this thread, as everyone has already said wishing you the very best in this 'process' - now knock that little 'c' for six (read that as you will!)
     
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  9. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    I've also been there, 3 and a half years ago now, with a particularly aggressive type of breast cancer. I'm still clear of cancer and here to tell the tale.

    Best of luck with the MRI scan.
     
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  10. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    hey All
    ok so here goes ..................

    given that it is C -- this is the best pssible result.
    the MRI showed it to be tiny and contained.

    the Consultant now wants to do a Template biopsy which will give a 100% assurance of the size and type and spread of the cancer.
    he has put me down for ASAP and made a notation to put me first on the daily list due to the type 1 D ( pleased with that )

    he said if that comes back as he expects then it will be an "active watch and wait" recommendation from him
    ( i can still opt for surgery should I wish )

    that is everything up to date.
     
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  11. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    That all sounds very positive.

    The NHS cancer care is second to none. Believe me.

    Good luck with the biopsy. :)
     
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  12. Snapsy

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    That's sounding really really positive, @himtoo - really good.

    Hope you're feeling chipper this morning.

    You've got a lot of friends on here!

    :):happy::)
     
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  13. slip

    slip Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That's sounding very much like positive news, As someone has already said NHS cancer care is top notch (which begs the question why isn't all of the NHS like that?! - but lets not start that discussion!) been there done that and bought the T-shirt with both my parents.
     
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  14. BrianTheElder

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    Hi
    I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009 and had an operation straight away. The reason I had an operation is that I had a procedure called brachytherapy in which radioactive pellets are planted in a grid in your prostate. This was leading edge stuff at the time, but there were quite a few options even then. Things have moved on quite a lot and there are many and probably better options available now.
    After one year the consultant told me I was cured (yes, that's the word he used).
    I have recently had a small op for skin cancer as well.
    Although it is obviously worrying at the time, I have had quite a few friends who have had various radiotherapy treatments and all have been successful. The main thing is to catch it early and that's obviously what they've done in your case.
    Good luck with everything. At least the biopsies can stop now!l
     
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  15. BrianTheElder

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    Sorry, I hadn't realised you hadn't had a biopsy in my earlier post.
    That is absolutely the right thing to do. You will get a score for the cancer which will help in decision making.
    I was on watch and wait for a number of years, having successive biopsies until the score was sufficient that we decided to take action. But the decision is always yours.
    Good luck with the biopsy.
    PS If you want to look it up, it's called a Gleason Score.
     
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  16. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Add in to this @himtoo - how are you doing?
     
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  17. asparagusp

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    Oh no, Himtoo, I'm really sorry to read that news. Yes you have had diabetes for such a long time so illness isn't an unknown quantity. You will come through this I'm sure. Good luck with the scan.
     
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  18. kittypoker

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    @himtoo: Seen it in my family twice - a good outcome both times. :)

    Don't feel you always have to be 'up' and positive. There will be down times, times when you worry and feel you've lost control. You have control of your diabetes, have had for over 40 years, but cancer is a different beast.

    But, with the help of our wonderful NHS, you can do it. You can tame the beast! *hugs*
     
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  19. Enclave

    Enclave Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member
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    Gosh .. how did I miss this ... sending you a big man hug and lots of positive thoughts
     
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  20. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    Hi @donnellysdogs
    thanks so much for asking !!
    nothing new to report -- am on "active surveillance"
    next appointment is meant to be mid / end april this year
    but consultant admitted back in December they are struggling to meet their target appointment times.

    my gleason score was 3+3
    ( after template biopsy ) :):meh::eek:
     
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