Tag Archives: cancer

A GREAT NUMBER

Hi all, yesterday I had my quarterly update on PSA and bloods. It was a phone conversation due to coronavirus protection measures. I had the usual scanxiety in the lead up, not helped by the fact that there was no … Continue reading

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RETURN OF THE BIG BLACK DOG

I have been struggling with depression lately and I am having difficulty getting out of it. Not helped by a very long period of dry, hot, windy weather. Today we finally got a cool change. A top temperature of 31 … Continue reading

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WHAT HAPPENED TO 2019?

Hi all, Time for those (almost) end of year reflections! This time last year I had completed six cycles of chemo and another four had been abandoned. So I entered 2019 pretty confident cancer would take a back seat for … Continue reading

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QUICK UPDATE

Well, the ten radiation therapy sessions ended Tuesday two weeks ago. On the following Thursday I met the radiation oncologist and reported that everything was mostly OK. She reminded me that things could get worse over the next week. And … Continue reading

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RADIATION #3 COMPLETED

Radiation therapy to the tumour in my chest was completed last night. The actual treatment sessions did not take long. However the clinic is an hours drive away so the whole exercise was about 2 and a half hours each … Continue reading

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SPEECH PATHOLOGY

Today I visited a speech pathologist, to see if they can help minimise the chance of food or fluid entering my lungs. This is required as a tumour in my chest is affecting the left vocal cord nerve, resulting in … Continue reading

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RADIATION # 3

I visited the radiation oncologist at Buderim twice this week. Buderim is a nice part of the world in the Sunshine Coast hinterland an hours drive away. The guy who did the last two treatments was not available so the … Continue reading

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PITY PARTY

Well, I am struggling at the moment. I forgot to mention that my PSA went up from 38 to 66 over three months to May. Not good. I started the Xtandi hormone therapy. In addition to Lucrin. So far so … Continue reading

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DOING ME SLOWLY

OK where were we? Ah yes, I was off to hospital to make some noise about action to fix the busted left vocal cord, probably caused by a growing tumour compressing the left vocal cord nerve. Initially, it did not … Continue reading

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THE SOUND OF SILENCE

My visit to the throat specialist this morning eliminated any “normal” issues as the cause of my loss of voice. A camera was inserted into my throat via my nose (really comfortable!), aided by a bit of anaesthetic. All the … Continue reading

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