Really appreciate you taking the time to reply ladies, have passed all this positive stuff onto my friend. She'll be able to walk from where she's moving to so won't need to cope with the parking (just as well by the sound of it!)
I finished Rads at Maidstone this week and I too had a good experience. Only had a couple of delays over the 5 weeks I was there, but mostly I was in and out in 20 mins. Car parking is horrendous, especially around 2-3pm and 1030 - 12 ish (tues/wed are worse??). I found a space round the back of the hospital next to the mobile scanning machines at busy times. Car parking isn't free it's £1.80 for a weekly ticket.
HOpe this helps
I had all my treatment at Maidstone and cant praise them enough, and yes, I actually missed the rads department too! I had most of my appts early morning, and had no problems with the parking then. Can highly recommend this hospital.
Maidstone Radiotherapy dept was excellent! I cannot praise them highly enough. I actually missed it when my treatment was over
Thanks Jaclyn, I really appreciate your reply - that's very encouraging!
Hi highball, I had treatment at medway hospital and then chemo and radiotherapy at maidstone. The radiotherapy department were excellent and most days I was in and out in about 20 minutes. Twice there was a delay and I was phoned at home and told to leave later so I didnt waste any time waiting. The staff where lovely and very caring. The downside was the parking which was free to cancer patients but always busy!
Sorry to highjack your thread but I hope you ladies of Kent can help with this. I have a friend who has had her sugery at Canterbury but is now moving to Maidstone. She can either have her radiotherapy at Canterbury or transfer to Maidstone (which would be much more convenient). However she's a bit unsure about changing hospitals. Has anyone any experience of the rads dept at Maidstone (or Canterbury) to help her decide? Many thanks girls.
the next maidstone meet up is this thursday if anyone interested?
I am in Kent, but a bit further up in Orpington!
May or may not be here on 2nd June. Bummer. (Still in land of living but plan to go to France for a couple of day in half term, don't know when yet). Is the meeting in the pub near Leeds Castle? Promise I'll turn up if I'm here as it would be great to meet others inthis area. I travelled to Reading yesterday from Maidstone to meet some great people from her. Also having Strawberry tea for BCC at my place in Sutton Valence 10.30 Tuesday 7th June. PM me for address if you'd like to come and bring some pals. I'm goin to wear a pinny, may wear socks too.
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Hi debs66, thanks for this, i have PMd you
nice to meet you. dont know if you are interested but i go to a get together every two months on a thursday evening, at a pub just outside maidstone. next one is the first thursday in june. if you are, let me know and will give you the details
I am 51 (but not old!) from near Margate, Kent and having chemo at the Viking Day Unit, QEQM Margate. DX was Grade 2 with 2 nodes showing extra capsular spread op was 20th Dec. Treatment plan: 3 x 3 weekly FEC then 3 x 3 weekly Docetaxel, then 15 radiotherpay treatments (at Canturbury) over 3 weeks and then tamoxifen for 5 yrs.
I work in Maidstone, would love to connect with others in the area and it would be great to hear from you!
sorry not been on here for a while. will email my friends from down your way and ask them to get in touch with you. how are you doing?
Anyone from the Ashford/Folkestone area?
I have posted on here before, I am 34 and I am currently having Chemo at the Celia Blakely at the WHH
Thanks Deb x
Barneypaws, will send you a private message about the meet ups
will ask the ladies i meet up with if they had/are having treatment there and ask them to get in touch
Have posted on here before, I have just started Chemo treatment at the Celia Blakely Centre at the William Harvey Hospitaal, Ashford, Kent and was wondering if anyone else was having treatment there?
I'm in Hempstead, Gillingham and currently having chemo at Maidstone. Been trying to find places that meet up locally - you mentioned two regular meets at Maidstone? Is that at the hospital?
Barneypaws (also a Debbie)
if you want details of any meet ups, I can give you some, I go to two different ones in the maidstone area xx
I'm from West Kent. I've had mastectomy with recon in November and now have two lots of chemo. There seems to be a few Kentish ladies on here and I think there is a group that meets up every couple of months - the organiser posts on here when and where the meet is.
The waiting for results is really the worst time and once you know what treatment is ahead it does give you something to grab hold of and get on with. I've just lost my hair and that to me was the thing that when I was diagnosed I was devastated about, but going through it I have been very impressed with how I have coped with it! (blowing my own trumpet here and why not!) it is doable - rubbish, but doable.
Waiting for results and the treatment plan is the worst part. I had my operations in September and October last year and other than the initial diagnosis that was the worst time and I rember doing a lot of crying. At the time you don't believe it but trust me it does get easier to deal with!!
I have just checked my notes And I am not HER positive, but ER positive and HER2 negative. The oncologist will explain this to you when he sees you, I can't remember the difference other than they are related to how the cancer responds to oestrogen & if they have a high level of protein.
I know how you feel about chemo, it was my worst fear when I found out that I had cancer. I won't lie to you, it is not pleasant, but you learn quickly to make the most of the good days and rest when needed. I remember saying that i was not going to go out when I lost my hair, but I have, so if I can do it so can you so don't worry.
If you want to private message me please do.
Thanks for your response, I had my full clearance on Thursday all okay just awaiting results now, am at home with a drain in and arm feeling quite numb but okay! Hows your chemo going? What chemo are you having im not sure yet as havent seen my oncologist yet? Dreading the chemo!! (sorry lots of questions) Do you know if being HER positive makes the cancer harder to treat?
Best wishes to you
I have grade 2 cancer HER positive, I have had a lumpectomy and full node clearance and am now in the middle of chemo.
I live in Orpington,Kent although a little distance away it sounds like you will be having very similar treatment if you need anyone to talk to.
Hope your surgery went well last week.
Hi, I am from Ashford, Kent.
I am 34 and been diagnosed recently with a grade 3 cancer HER positive, had a lumpectomy with clear margins and 1/3 lymph nodes involved so am due for a full clearance of nodes next week.
Had all surgery and treatment at the WHH.
Be nice to speak to someone in this area x
I am from Kent, there are quite a few of us on here from down this way! hope you are doing ok and good luck with the results.
Hi, i live in mid kent and am a bit futher on with treatment having just had reconstruction. But would be happy to chat and share my experience with you.
Hope you are recovering well after op. Jacky
Hi there I'm from coastal Kent and had all my operations at Ashford with current care at Canterbury.
I had my last op, a mastectomy in February this year. It has been a long haul with various complications but maybe I'm a lot older than you???
Read my profile and if you still feel I could support you do get in touch. I have just returned to working in September so it may take a couple of days to get back to you.
However,if I can help in any way just give us a shout.
Best wishes to you during these early days,
Hi, anyone from east kent area? have just had left mastectomy and got home today. now awaiting results.
would like to talk to anyone local who has been through the same.