When I was having radiotherapy to the collapsed vertebra in my back there was a lot of concern re the dose of radiotherapy my spinal cord was receiving (tumour was in contact with spinal cord) and the way the dosage was given over 5 days was directed to minimize dose to cord.....So sometimes dosage is limited by surrounding structures. Even so at next MRI it showed that bone marrow accross a number of vertebra had been replaced by fatty infiltration...and so the actively dividing bone marrow cells had been damaged...my onc said he wasnt worried and it was balancing risks......but along with chemo it is another comprimise to the production of red and white blood cells.....which as disease progresses may become an issue. Helen I dont think lung tumours are very sensitive to radiation and it may also do damage to the lung tissue...so possibly not a good idea.xx
Good eveneing ladies,
I never took any letters with me, just a copy of my prescriptions. My meds never left me, all of them in my hand luggage. I would not put them in my suitcase.
Just go and enjoy the sunshine.
Re radiotherapy, it is used for both pain and killing cancer cells. I had some when I was diagnosed with primary BC. http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/node/1153834
While the aim of radiotherapy for secondary breast cancer is to control the progress of the disease and relieve symptoms such as pain. It is mostly used when the cancer has spread to the bones, lungs or brain or to control regional recurrence in the skin or armpit (axilla).
Radiotherapy treatment for secondary breast cancer is much shorter than for primary breast cancer and is given as a single dose or as a short course over a few days. The side effects will vary depending on which part of the body is being treated. Radiotherapy carries on working after the treatment has finished, so you may not feel the benefits until one or two weeks later.
Thanks Sara, flipping eck why is everything made such hard work for us boney ladies i only want a week away in the sun!!! 🙂 I was also told told to carry my meds in my hand luggage not case I was all set to put them in my case.....mindfield!!!!!!
All this chatting is doing no good for "holiday diet" im sat here munching through biscuits lol.
Changing the subject does anyone know why we only have rads for pain relief and not to try to kill cancer cells??? My aunty has a facebook friend in America who has mets and she has said that her mets are now in remission due to having radiotherapy???
Anyway im going to put the biscuit tin away now and and make a start on tea.
love Janette xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Just spotted your post Bev. Thank you. You can pm me anytime though. Good luck with holiday insurance!
Love Sheila. Xxx
Hi to everyone. Am back on track sort of! Thanks chocolates, Natalie and Helen, everyone for your kind words. I haven't had chance to look at all the posts yet. Still feeling pretty cr___! But better than I was.
I was admitted on my birthday for very high calcium levels but feeling so Ill I didn't mind. Have had treatment for this and levels now normal. Started on vinorelbine last Tuesday evening so don't know whether symptoms I have now are from chemo or because I am still feeling Ill from other stuff or what? My HB is still only10.1 due to gastric bleed a couple of weeks earlier.
Symptoms are nausea, weakness, backache, joint pain. Have my bloods done Tues followed by chemo and then week off.
Hope everyone is okay. I will post again soon. Take care all of you. Sending hugs back to you and love. Sheila. Xxx
Yes, I also took out an annual policy with eurotunnel earlier this year for about £46, covering worldwide. As long as you are stable, fit to travel (and your onc/GP would be able to write or confirm this should a claim arise), not seeking medical treatment abroad you are OK to be covered. They do have wording regarding 'terminal' which is always difficult but I have checked twice now and they say it is if you are been told you have weeks/months to live not that you have secondary BC. It covers you for cancellation as well as short breaks in the UK, unlike many others I've come across.
At the moment I have had slight progression with my mets and have changed treatments so I'm sure the rest of my poilcy will be invalid and therefore won't use it.
Hope this helps.
thank you so much I called MIA online and spoke to a lovely gentleman and have full cover aprt from cancellation for £61. Really chuffed because would have gone withoutbut nice to have piece of mind and thank you again.xx
Porkie I would suggest either eurotunnel........but Ive never anyone say they have claimed on this ..or MIAonline which normally cover european trips..having asked about details of the illness...but limit you to public hospitals first....xx
Morning lovely ladies. The sun is shining here in the South West again so Helen must have her sun brolly in! I am off to Corsica in a few weeks - was going to not bother re travel insurance as Europe but thought I would just see how much it might be - over £1000 - wow!! I know that some of you have managed to get affordable cover and just wondered what companies you used? Thank you. Best wishes to you all xxx