Thursday, 14 February 2008

Catching up with Cancer on Radio 4: Cancer reform in the UK

I've been listening to this series on Radio 4, called Catching Up With Cancer

It is very interesting, especially with regard to catching cancers early on, which is, after all, key to improving our survival rates. The problem is that in what the medical profession call "the worried well", cancer just isn't suspected. Take my case: regular visits to the doctor from July onwards, and being told I was well. Just costochondritis. Or a strained muscle, or stress. And it was costochondritis, but that condition - inflammation of the rib cage - has a root cause. My GPs were treating the symptom and didn't look for a cause. It was only that I kept returning and demanding more tests that we ever found my cancer.

So don't be worried and keep quiet. If you have a dark voice in the back of your mind, get yourself checked out! I had a clear chest x-ray, and clear bloods, and still had a niggling voice telling me something was very wrong, and that it wasn't just gallstones either.

And cancer sufferers are getting younger all the time, so it may be worthwhile thinking about organic food, pesticides, the pollution in our atmosphere, etc., before it's too late!

But get a balance, eh! Don't become a hypochondriac either!!!


And on a lighter note, my youngest has a rash on her torso, so has been shipped of to the docs in case it's something I can catch! Looks like chicken-pox to me, which she's had already, but you can get it twice I'm told. Let's hope it's a couple of bug bites, eh!

Don't think I'll make the gym today! Still queasy, and been awake since 2.30 am, so would probably just drown mid-length if I went swimming!


Lane said...

Good advice Lisa. Always better to go by 'gut' instinct if you suspect something is wrong.

Hope the little one's ok. My youngest had shingles a couple of years ago, which starts off looking like chicken pox. Fingers crossed it's nothing you can catch.

JJ said...

I think those are very wise words.

Harriet said...

Good post, Lisa. Hope you are feeling a bit better now.

Billy said...

You're right, Lisa. Pesticides, heavy metals, etc. are out there everywhere. Organic is the only way to the cehmical companies out of our bodies. Happy V. Day :) Be well.

Debs said...

So true what you say about listening to your instincts. I hope your youngster is fine and it is only a couple of bug bites.

hesitant scribe said...

lane - still waiting to see what doc says about littl'un. I've had to quarantine her at my mum's pending another appt with the doc tomorrow morning. She is most upset but what can I do?!

jj - thank you sweetie

harriet - tis easing off a little but still so nauseous. Good lord!

billy - yes, I think you're right!

debs - hmm, let's hope so re: the bites/spots! I think they look decidedly chicken-pockie though! No No No!!!

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Yes you can get it twice, my sister did. Best of luck... and I agree with you about getting checked out if you think there's a problem, doctors know a lot but none of them live in YOUR body do they?

Annieye said...

Hope your daughter's OK and it's nothing to worry about.

Take it easy and don't try to do too much.

I know what you mean about a gut instinct. My daughter (now grown-up) had osteomyelitis in her leg when she was 11. We were back and forth to the doctors three or four times - he said it was probably just "growing pains" despite her not being able to walk without help. It wasn't until her temperature shot up and she was delirious that they sent her to hospital. She was in for a week and in a wheelchair for two months.

Carol and Chris said...

Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog!!

I used to do a lot of work with The Christie which is a Cancer Hospital based in Manchester. I didn't work on the clinical side but on patients welfare and patients rights. I learned so much from the people that I met there that I had decided, if the worst came to the worst, I would and could deal with it. (To be honest before the biopsy my doctor said that he was almost sure the tumour was benign but that doesn't stop the worry!!)

I've just spent ages reading through your past posts (you write beautifully by the way!!) and I think you have a fantastic attitude and I really wish you all the best in beating the cancer (which I am sure you will!!).

My Gran always says - 'The worse the medicine makes you feel the better it is for you!!'

I shall be keeping up with how you are getting on.

C x