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Saturday, 18 September 2021

Thyroid Success ...


On Monday I had an appointment with the ENT Oncology Surgeon for an update on my recent operation. It would seem the  procedure was a success as there are no signs of the thyroid cancer that I was diagnosed with back in December......

It was thought that the cancer had spread from the thyroid itself to my lymph glands and two levels of those were removed as well. In terms of long term prognosis the thyroid cancer was the least threat to my life of the three cancers that I have....

 It is a pity that the Bone and Blood cancers can't be treated as easily. As I have said previously there is no actual cure for these only treatment to slow their growth down and help me with pain control. 

The Hematology department have wasted no time in getting me back on the chemotherapy indeed I was back in the chemo ward yesterday for treatment. (Image of ward above). 

Today I am feeling pretty poor following the treatment and will probably end up spending the day in bed. Other than exhaustion I don't have any major side effects when I have chemotherapy. What I have found in the past is that after the treatment I have a couple of days of feeling very tired and then I am back to normal..... Well as normal as you can be when suffering with blood and bone cancer.

 Some people are really badly affected by the treatment and have ongoing sickness and general nausea as well as tingling in the feet and hands and lots more luckily I seem to get away with very little in terms of side effects. 
These new rounds of chemo will probably take me up to Christmas.

4 comments:

Dave said...

Well thats good news about the thyroid. My chemotherapy is via daily tablets and initially I found it daunting when told of the possible side effects but luckily I have had few, apart from tiredness. I try and keep well hydrated so maybe that helps.

All the best for the treatment and fingers crossed the that you dont get the side effects.

TrevorW�� said...

@Dave
I think that you are right about trying to keep well hydrated. My experience has been that really making an effort on the hydration front seems to reduce chemo side effects considerably. I was pleased to read that you have not had too many side effects.

The bike shed said...

Good news, good luck and godspeed. My mother in law died of pancreatic cancer this month - it took her in only two months. Such a complex disease (multiple diseases really) - I don't pretend to understand it.
But I go on too much... as I said, good luck and godspeed.

TrevorW�� said...

Thanks for your kind comments Mark.
So sorry to hear about your mother in law.... Such a terrible disease....

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