i have lymphoedema. My hosp has a department which 1/confirms wether it is lymphoedema, 2/. Measures it
regularly on a special machine, 3/shows you how to self manage, so you don’t get infections. 4/prescribes compression garments.
practically, what I’ve learned is, not to lift with that arm.wash it am and pm moisturise as bugs can get in through dry skin if minute cracks. Appear, have my own towels and soap just for me. Protect hand when gardening.
mine has worsened over the years and cellulitis is now more frequent even with all those in place.
i hope this helps and maybe ( hopefully) it’s not permanent.
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To one & all,
On Thursday, my G.P. confirmed lymphoedema in my upper arm. She didn't say any more. Do I ignore it?. I'm not sure what to do....some numbness in my hand, too.....
With many thx & kind regards,
Thank you Sarah...
iwas avoi ding a port for years, then decided to plump for one...ff and others all told me how it helped...had one put In. In About feb.....never looked back..once in no more soaking arms in sinks etc!
not every hosp here uses them tho so a+E trips are still veins and trauma.
they often will put in a central line or a picc...last would limit my activities a bit so opted for port...all under skin so can swim if allowed, but I don’t
have a think and ask to see a couplexxx
I have a question ladies. I saw cannulas being mentioned and traveling. Why do they give you cannulas vs. a portacath. I haven't seen a cannula in use at my cancer center in many years. Even in 1995 with my primary they wanted to place a portacath. I refused it back then bc I was only having 4 treatments of chemo. Then surgery. After surgery they would decide if I needed more chemo. I told them if I needed a lot more then I would get one. For those 4 treatments they just did an IV each time. Why aren't you getting protracted? Mine has been in for over 12 years. They flush mine every 3 months when not in use. I love having it! I would hate a cannula! FF
Sarahlew and Moijan, Another chemo in tablet form in vinorelbine (navelbine). At least I was told UK as tablet form. We don't have it here. I haven't heard anyone talking about this chemo for awhile. Years ago I saw it on here as treatment. It was the easiest of treatments for me and worked 5 years. I started with 3 weeks on and then one off.Then I saw a few people doing it every other week. I talked to my onc and he agreed to it. It wasn't so bad every other week.
Let us know how you get onxx
ooh and were you ever admitted to a+e on carbowith high temp?
last time iwas the nurses bunged up teicoplanin, another nephrotoxic before asking me or chatting to the doctor. I was on Paclitaxel then tho not carbo..not sure wether kidneys can cope with both..,theytailor the drug dose to your kidney function...At my hosp.
Have just had third of first cycle it’s made me a bit miserable, but the premeds always fix that,,,,not sleeping well.thanks for askingxx
Yes, I almost said ask about the trial first as that will maybe give you some extra months/years as well, they take liquid biopsies (blood)and look for markers in them, I had fulvestrant looked for too...no markers for the trial youmention but yes for fulvestrant...but didn’t work for me. ,, do they do that trial where you are..I know marsden do ..you might neeed to consider with your onc whether to be referred to another hosp. Or wether to
plodd on...again your choice, has to be, know it’s hard xxx
‘’I was chatting to a friend yesterday about. Our meet up in 2016
we both recal lthat get together with fondness.....and the Tea we had in John lewis
Ah well, maybe again one day xxxx
Ps sounds a good oncxx
i can always reach mine via his pa and get email replies, but never phone calls. He sounds very good at communication xxx
Are you happier now, that he has stepped in? Helpsa bit doesn’t it xx
iidont know, but I think they are tablets...which might be travelable, it might be good to see how you feel on then.i know some people have had side effects xx
very very best of luck...when do you Start? Would love to hear how it goesxx
Many thx for your kind wishes. Are u still in the Orkneys? What a treat to be living in Devon. I've never been but heard all good things.
The heat seems to be building up again. My poor postman looked like he was melting!! I keep hearing the witch's wail in Wizard of Oz....'I'm meeeeelting'....
When are u setting off home?
No...I wanted to go back to Oz again, I emigrated there in my 20s.
but I’m afraid, I was latterly doing one of my projects...an hnd in fine art and delayed going, then cape failed me, was tied to a cannula....ever since really
if you have travel plans...I’d chat to onc, and if he’s happy, scout around..,there are good companies who will insure us...they alway asked me’how Many times a year do you see your doctor....well, have other doctors for other things so sometimes the answer puts them off, or they will cover anything non cancer related..which as you know.’ Is a bag of kittens’ but we can get insurance..I never skip it, because if I were to become ill in transit, the plane would stop and may put me down in Asia or other - then needing to be medivacced home..,which they do by giving you a plane to yourseef witt doctors and nurses..
.that can cost in the £40, 000 range...apols if you knew thatxxx
Last time I went back to oz....just before I became metastatic, a company asked me for two year printout from my gp and insurance cost me £1060 ! But I went because I really wanted to go.
good luck whatever you choose 🦋🤗
I too took Cape for about 20 months and tavelled frequently - Majorca, Canaries and even Las Vegas. I got insuance thru a company called InsuranceWith. I have lots of mets and take blood thinners and morphine so always got referred to the underwriter but eventually get a decent quote. In common with a lot of the specialist insurers they will only quote within 2 months of travel.
On IV chemo with a PICC line now so can't travel and really miss it. If your condition is stable and you're on oral chemo and you ONC approves I would say go for it.
Hi Kate, DLM & funnyface,
Whew! Had my steroid shot for my inflammatory arthritis which is making silver feel pretty rotten....10 days till it works...all digits crossed....
What plans for your w/ends??
Its heating up again...boo hoo!!
Sarahnew , thank you so much for sharing about Carbo, I am hoping now for similar resultsxx whereas was feeling quite low...as nothing has worked for me for a year and my liver mets are creeeping along
of course you are feeling overwhelmed. Xx And of course you will have to choose/make up your mind...and it’s difficult...your onc has given you a lot of choices.... do they have fulvestrant at your hosp?
i was on Cape at the outset and it worked for Me for about 22 months.,,it depends on the individual....there is an excellent Cape thread where you will find a lot of users to discuss Cape with... I thought great- tablets, can travel and that was for me personally a freedom which I miss.
Could you pop back and chat with onc about success rates, maybe for these options.? He sound very on the ball, but I agree with you...needs careful thought.
very best of luck with your decisions
Sarahlew, In the beginning of my treatments they tried controlling my cancer by shutting down my ovaries with lupron injections. It didn't work. My oncologist felt hormonals would never work for me and said he wouldn't give them to me again. I went for a second opinion. That oncologist felt that the Lupton injections weren't enough and that the first guy went to easy. He said he would have given me somethin g else to shut diwn my adrenal glands too. He said if I ever wanted to try hormonal and if my oncologist refused to com e back. He did say that he felt it was time for chemo to try and kick the tumors down in size. He said then maybe hormonal a again. I think I would ask what the oncologist thinks might be best. Letrozole as a single agent might not be enough. You might need a double agent (combo). I think this is what your oncologist might be thinking bc of him suggesting e& e or palbociclib & fulversant. I would ask a few more questions and see where his thinking is. Do remember you can try any of the choices at anytime and the choice is yours! Good luck! FF
Optimissy, Thanks! We both did good. Neither smoking of overeating habits are easy to break. It took me 1 1/2 years to do it. I've been wanting for the last 6 months to lose 10 to 12 more. I have maintained my weight. Now, it's to cut back a little more or decide if I will stay at this weight. I'm happy where I'm at. I find it easy to maintain it, but my heart still wants that last bit of weight. I'm probably goin g to try cutting back just a its bit more to sed if I can accomplish it. I don't know why but in the past when I tried to lose weight it always seemed like such a difficult thing with me stomping my feet. I actually think it's bc I didn't follow any programs this time. In the past I went to weight watchers. Many years ago with there program you had to have so many chicken meals, one lived meal, all goodies were considered illegal. Over the years they loosened up their programs. I found that I couldn't stand going there anymore. I couldn't sit their and listen to these people every week saying I have a wedding, reunion or etc. to attend, how am I going to handle it? What if the food comes with gravy, how can I walk past the dessert table? I found I just couldn't listen to this. I found it way easier doing it by myself! I did portion control and limitation control (you can't have goodies everyday and sometimes you must say no thank you!) Portion control was easier for me than saying no thank you! I did no second helpings unless it was veggies! I think finding what worked for me was the hardest part.
One of my favorite things is being able to cross my legs! Shopping in regular sizes is awesome, bc there is more choices of stores and sales. I'm not as short of breath. I can kayak! Lol, now I need my own kayak!
Keep staying on track! FF
Ivd not been on here for a few days but have seen the few comments about heart failure/heart problems caused since having SBC. There was an article in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph about this which may make interesting reading:
Hioefully the link works. I have first hand experience of this as I developed severe heart failure over a few years after having FEC chemo in 2008. The ‘E’ part is Epirubicin which is one of the anthracycline based drugs that they mention in the article. I just wanted to say that there are ways to help us cancer patients and you should speak with your oncologist or GP about this. I eventually had a referral to a cardio-oncology unit in London, set up for this very reason that cancer treatments cause heart problems in many patients especially as a lot seem to be living longer. If you want or need any further info please PM me, I won’t fill this thread with more information but safe to say I’ve been one of their complete success stories and have been on Radio 4 and in the Daily Mail to speak about the fantastic work they do. Most oncologists don’t seem to know about the research and most cardiologists don’t either!
Welcome back Rosie53/Janette, don’t leave us 😊
Sorry Sarahlew that I cant help, I’ve not had e/e offered to me or been in you particular position, although have had 2 liver biopsies if you want more info about those.
Sending hugs to Carolyn, look after yourself my dear 😘
Hi to everyone else, hope you are coping with the next heatwave! It was nice for a few days when we had some rain (hooray, no watering the garden every night) and cooler days (hooray I actually went out and did some things!)
Thanks Moijan - good to hear from you. X. Yeah, it is a toughie, I've been a bit of a miserable bu**er at times during this process but coming out the other side now. There may be other folk on here who are smokers and struggling with stopping who may be afraid to come out of the smokers' closet on this forum for fear of judgement (as I was, which is why I posted originally on the CC's private thread last year.) If I can be of any help to them with this I am happy to be private messaged - it would be good if my experiences were able to support others as they quit and to know that it CAN be done and there is a better life without cigs even if it seems impossible at the start.
Bl**dy hell FF, that is some fantastic achievement, especially as that sort of outcome does not come overnight so requires huge perseverence over months and years. Whew! You must be so pleased with yourself for doing this - a lot of people wouldn't manage to do half of it. Good on you gal. X
glad you you are enjoying your breakxx
I too love Devon, have a few relatives down that way, so hopefully, might get there for a weekend soon xx
best wishes, Moijanxx
lovely to hear from you xxx
so impressed, you managed to give up the ciggies...always a toughiexx
hugs and best wishes, Moijanxx
That's great FF. Getting down to140 pounds is a fantastic achievement and must make a huge difference to your mobility and back problems that you had before. I need to lose weight too, having put a lot on after stopping the cigs - everyone does- but i'll get there. xx
Optimissy, Great to see you posting. Thanks for the kind remarks of appreciation. That is awesome that you quit smoking and have kept it up. I kept at my weight loss and I'm down 140 lbs. I have a little more to go but have been kind of stuck. I'm going to have to cut back a little more to finish up.
Silver, It's not a major concern. They feel all these lovely meds caused it over the years. Just keeping an eye on it. ! The styes were uncomfortable. I did read about the ring method! I will be trying it if they come back. Today they are almost gone.
So much of our globe is far too h-o-t-t-t currently. In my neck of the words, its a simply perfect day...and the bumble bees & butterflies are decorating my wee garden! There is a light breeze.....Ahhh
Oh.....is the congestive heart failure a big concern? I developed high b.p. from the middle of nowhere 4 months ago. I asked my G.P. why and she just said some do & some don't!! I take Amlodipine now. Like us all, I'm rattling with tablets....he, he, he
poor u with the styes. they are ever so sore & annoying...not sure why we get them. My dear Mum used to rub her wedding ring on mine!
Best of luck with your job scouting......hugs...take care...
I have just spotted your post on the bone mets thread, (not one i often read as it does not relate to me), and I'm not a regular visitor to this forum these days, but I just wanted to say how sorry I am to read your news and how much I appreciated your supportive and non-judgemental stance last year when i took the plunge to stop smoking (you too, Funnyface- much appreciated. Hope,you are well). In your pms you said just what I needed to hear, and I am still off the cigs after 11 months, even though it's difficult at times. You have been so supportive to others too, and I hope you have maximum support both virtual and concretely in the times ahead.
I tried to send you a pm to say this but I think this facility is not available now, so hope you get this. xx xx
Silver, OK in Pennsylvania! Raining and 90F! Feel like the rain is beating the heat in us. I've been busy cleaning and now have started looking for a job. I've been waiting for my company to come up with a new care position and they haven't. I can't wait forever. Saw my cardiologist yesterday and I had to come off my blood pressure meds. They drop my blood pressure too low. I have a little bit of congestive heart failure and she was trying to help protect my heart. Going to start monitoring it myself. I was on a very low dose and can't tolerate it. Constantly dizzy. This was the second attempt at a drug. I never had high blood pressure til late last fall and winter. They think now it might have been because of the pain I was in from my broken back.
We shall see. I don't know how this happened but I had 5 styes on my upper eye lids. They have finally all gone away and eyes look normal again. All make up in the trash! Only wearing some blush and bought fresh of that.
Haven't had much fun with this rain. Had to get out this past weekend or would have went crazy. We went out to brunch buffet and it was fabulous. Then went shopping to get our granddaughter an "Eagles" cheer leader outfit. My SIL and family are New York Giants fans. Hubby, daughter and I are Eagles. Then we dropped off the outfit and spent some time playing with her. She is growing way to fast!
JWD, I agree with Silver. Drains are annoying. Hope you are coming along. FF
I couldn’t agree with you more about your first point Jobey68 but I have received those messages, and there have been digs made at myself and other members, which I certainly wouldn’t consider respectful. I blocked private messages a while ago for the same reason. I only posted in response to a comment and personally have no intention of saying anymore about it.
This thread is very important for ladies going through a really frightening time and I for one do not like to see it being treated as a battle ground. If there are any issues that people would like to raise then it would be far more respectful to do it In private and not across the open forum. Jo
It's been lovely to see this thread develop since it was first created in 2010 and I hope everyone here living with bone mets has found it a helpful and supportive place to be.
There will always be disagreements in any community and as moderators we will always try to resolve these as sensitively as possible, only preventing further comments on a thread as a very last resort.
Please do continue to enable others to benefit from this thread by maintaining its existance as a courteous and kind space that others can take comfort from by allowing each other to move beyond differences and disagreements wherever possible.
Becca at Breast Cancer Care.
In response to a recent post regarding choice and outcomes, I’d like to add that I don’t feel it is acceptable for anyone, including Community Champions, to send private messages about basically how they believe you should behave on the forum, and what they think you should and should not post. If they don’t feel their comment can be posted publicly, then maybe they should consider if is it reasonable to be sent privately. What gives some the right to go around basically trying to ‘police’ what is posted?
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Nature in my lil' garden plays a big part in my life. This year there has been a bumper 'crop' of bumble bees (my fav.) & butterflies, lots of different white ones, orange & brown & some gorgeous tiny light blue ones.....bliss....x
no offence at all,, on the contrary...I was pleased to see you shared your views, which I did feel were absolutely valid. I am of the opinion that none of us, should be trying to influence others around to our own viewpoint. I too found the situation really hard as my drugs have not worked for a year now - and so the stats chat, even though they can’t be accurate - it hit me very hard. It Can be hard to stay positive at the 5 year mark!
I Personally feel it’s important that we do make our own choices...after all, whatever we do will have an outcome...good or other, Which we will have to live with... so it has to be our own choice. would hate people to feel that a cc, or an ex professional(of which, sadly there are many on the forum) had expert knowledge - we don’t - bc is a big minefield. And this forum is just here for support.
Nice to see you posting - moijanxx