[CANCER] Port/TIVAD Removal #CancerLife

When we first talked about the 'Portacath' (Port/TIVAD), there was a suggestion that it could be left in for a long time, "just" with a requirement to have it flushed with saline every 4-6 weeks. The oncologist, however, when I asked about this, said "no, your treatment has finished, and you don't need it any more", which is very encouraging! So Monday night I took a last shot of the port still in my chest...…

[CANCER] Further Surgery #BreastCancer

This afternoon I signed yet another consent form, though I was pleased that 'death' wasn't listed as one of the side effects this time... just possible allergic reaction, etc. etc. - oh and likely slow healing of the wound due to chemotherapy. Surgery During Chemotherapy?Cancer teams are not keen on any form of surgery during chemotherapy, and I'm nearly 2 weeks past my last chemotherapy treatment (which means that next week I'm officially halfway through the…

[CANCER] A few things I wish I’d known before my surgery/mastectomy #BreastCancer #BreastCancerRealities

It was only just over a month ago that I was diagnosed with breast cancer - I had a pretty good idea it was likely the week before, but it took til 30th August for tests to confirm the diagnosis. It's all happened pretty fast - one minute I was trying to finish an academic article for submission, starting to think about teaching prep, and stocking up meals ready for the start of term -…