Diagnosed with terminal (2 to 3 months) small cell lung cancer in 1993. Asked for and took the strongest chemo and radiotherapy available, endured four treatments of each. Since 2000, have had ongoing surgeries and treatments, for basal cell carcinoma. In 2007, non small cell lung cancer and received surgery (lower left lung lobectomy). Do resistance training, and some aerobics, at least every other day. Retired and regard regular exercise as essential for recovery and wellbeing, thoroughly recommends its health benefits.
Then in September 2012 was diagnosed with my fourth cancer (oesophageal cancer) and presently undergoing chemo to reduce four tumours before surgery.
9.30 am I am off to the Glasgow Beatson Cancer Centre for an overnight stay to receive chemo for my fourth dose of over friendly cancer.
First stop at the hospital was for blood tests etc.
Then up to ward B5 for a bed.
Back down for to get a painless PICC fitted.
Next my kidneys were being flushed by the pump.
Had a light liquid meal.
At 2.00 am it was time for the dreaded ice chemo.
Woke up 7.00 am and felt brilliant, no sickness, nothing.
The pharmacist visited morning and early afternoon and I
was over the moon at how well things were going.
Ate some breakfast and lunch.
Amazed that after my last horrific experience of ice
chemo 20 yrs ago I was so completely unaffected.
2.00pm I was informed I could go home soon as I felt
My son was coming to collect me after work about
Just as my son walked in the ward, bang ! I was slammed
with projectile vomiting which continued for 24hrs.
I was assured with all the modern sickness treatments
available they would soon solve it.
Sure enough after various adjustments and much to my
relief it stopped.
The following day I didn’t eat at all, to frightened.
Woke up the following morning and was eating as normal.
Up walking about and felt brilliant.
So after 4 rather than 2 days I decided to go home.
I must say I am very impressed by the wonderful modern facilities and all the medical improvements and I am very confident that in me the ‘BIG C’ has yet another defeat and a good bit longer to wait.
STOBHILL CANCER SUPPORT GROUP