[CANCER] It was another #waitingroomfeet morning

It was an early morning in Department 38 at the Christie (8.45am), and I was there ready for a MRI scan, including that mask that was made on Monday, to help get measurements for the stereotactic radiotherapy. Radiographer from Salford Royal was there, and we had a chat before the Christie radiographer came through (I'm not sure if I'm using terms radiographer/radiotherapist correctly!), when I sat and read my phone til they were about ready…

[CANCER] Undergoing a full body scan for Spinal Metastatic Breast Cancer

At the base of my post the other day, I said that I will definitely be having stereotactic radiotherapy, assuming that a full body scan confirms the size of my tumour, and that there are non anywhere else (they have done a lot of scans, so I don't think they'll be expecting to find anything new) .... this is essentially a baseline scan, and then I think will be repeated around every 3 months, although…

[CANCER] Scanxiety and #BreastCancer

It's not an official medical term, but "Scanxiety is cancer patients' fear and worry associated with imaging, both before and after a test (before the results are revealed)." In early-stage patients who are successfully treated and have no evidence of disease, the underlying fear is about cancer returning and the dreaded implications. In metastatic patients, the fear is based in scans' potentially revealing a lack of treatment effectiveness or disease progression. Thus, at either stage…