[CANCER] Treatment 7/8, oncology appointment, and HAIR

I have just returned from a check-in at The Christie, as I'm nearly halfway through my 18 weeks of paclitaxel (which, if it's working, will probably continue).. one of the fastest appointments I have ever had, once I'd queued to get through the COVID check system, bloods were taken, and got to chat to the registrar through the list of side effects that we're trying to manage alongside treatment...   View this post on Instagram…

[CANCER] Treatment 5/6 Have Happened

So, I last blogged in Week 4 of treatment (out of 18, for this first run) ... I rechecked the maths for 18 weeks, which I thought was the week before Christmas, but it's actually w/c 7th December.. so HOPEFULLY (if COVID hasn't messed too much with treatment), I will know before Christmas whether treatment is working or not! We want it to work, because otherwise there's another treatment line that I've run through ...…

[CANCER] Week 3 of Treatment: Plodding Along

And there we are, another week has passed since I blogged, so I'm now 3/18 treatments of the current plan (before I get scanned, and we see if this drug is doing anything, and if it is, we keep going). Friday/Weekend So, still making sure I get out for that little walk every day (Fri/Sat - with a 'Bear Hug' in the post) - some days it's 1500 steps, some it's more ... all feels…

[CANCER/MEDIA] Talking with @Sarah_Montague on @BBCWorldatOne on @BBCRadio4

This morning I was rung by the production team from World at One, on BBC Radio 4, who had heard my BBC Radio 5 Live piece, and wanted to run something similar. There is a lot of rumbling about the number of people who have missed diagnoses (anticipated 18,000-35,000), and how those with ongoing treatment (such as me) have been affected by COVID and its impact upon health services. (Listen here; Audio file) There's a…

[CANCER/MEDIA] Talking with @StephenNolan, @SaraBainbridge, @NicMurray & @larba74 about Cancer and COVID.

Last night I spoke to Stephen Nolan, along with Sara Bainbridge from Macmillan, and fellow cancer patients Lara Montgomery and Nic Murray (we largely spoke in that order, although there's a bit of interjection), about what it has been like to undergo cancer treatment/progression whilst the pandemic continues, how it has affected diagnostics and treatment, and ultimately, the potential impact upon our prognosis. The interview starts at 31:20, through til 1:00:42 - and although we…