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pineapple
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Re: french breast cancer treatment

Happy Birthday - belated. Hope you enjoyed it.
I have to admit before i got BC i was paranoid about my age, always telling porkies etc but now i am proud to have reached 50 and dont care who knows.
I finished my chemo 3 years ago then finished rads in April. At first i saw someone every 3months and had blood test and saw specialist but when i got to 2 years i only see someone every 6 months now. I have a mamo and scan Admin, i too think it would be great to have an ex-pat category.
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Lezignac2
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happy birthday, I will be 49 this year.....aaaahhhhhh. scary, where has the time gone.

Off ski-ing to the Pyrenees (La Mongie) on Wed for three day, should take my mind of it all, and will let you know how I get on in TLS on Monday week.

Cheers, have a good weekend. It's pouring here (needed rain I might add!!)

Kx

Bahons2
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Happy Birthday, Peacock - are you going out for a meal or something?

51? No worries! (I'm 52 and it doesn't hurt a bit). Hope you have a lovely day doing what you want to do, at least.

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PS Have just received a full refund from CA/Pacifica. Yippee.

peacock
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Hello Bahons & Karen

I don't know anything about CP in Toulouse as I've never been there. All I know is that at CR my treatment has been superb, and it is a centre of excellence for cancer treatment. I'm told by my GP that is supposed to be the best in the SW of France. But as B says, at least you know things are moving forward for you Karen.

Lucy, thanks for that request I think its a brilliant idea for a specific expat thread, for much the same reason as the UK folks like to compare treatments etc.

Hope everyone is ok this weekend, its my 51 birthday (sob) I seem to be the oldest person I know at the moment, apart from my Mum and Sister!

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Bahons2
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That'll be the same place as I go, Karen.

I've never seen a doctor there, just technicians and nurses, I think (although someone checked that I wasn't diabetic, that could have a medic, I suppose) - I think the results are faxed back to your own onc and are available about a week later.

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Lezignac2
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Hello, thanks for your comments, much appreciated.

I am going to Nuclear Medicine in the CP in Toulouse, not sure who I will see before or after, if anyone, might be just go back to Dr Dudouet in Montauban, not sure.

But it's good that it's being done and will put my mind at rest at least.

Cheers again, love Kx

Bahons2
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Thank you, Lucy!

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ForumMember
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Hi Bahons

I'll pass your request on to the relevant person, thanks
Lucy

Bahons2
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So sorry to hear about your friend, Karen; this disease is the absolute pits. Glad to hear tho' that you have a PET scan arranged. It must be a considerable weight off your mind to know that something concrete is happening at last.

Will you have it at the CR. where Peacock goes, or the Clinique Pasteur (which is where they send me for mine) or neither of these?

I echo Peacock's remarks about how laid back they all seem. You'd think they all treated ingrowing toenails for a living. I have to say that I personally don't mind it at all, as I've found the treatment and it's delivery (via Portacath) prompt and up-to-date, but it's certainly a different atmosphere from the NHS. A bit less stressful, I feel.

I have no idea about how often they see you after treatment ends, Peacock. I think I read in the (now defunct) French News that you get a scan every 6 months, something like that, but don't quote me. I think Karen has been here longer than either of us, so perhaps she knows the answer to this one.

If the Moderator or similar is reading this, is there any chance of having an 'Expat' thread, do you think? That would be handy.

X to all

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peacock
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Hi Karen
Fingers crossed for you for your PET scan on 26 Jan, you poor thing having had 4 ops. It's very sad when a dear friend or relative dies, especially when its from this awful illness, so agree totally with you there, It robs us of so much time, strength and emotions doesn't it.

Which Dr did you see at Montauban? I am under a Dr Redon, he seems very nice but they are all so "casual" and laid back about BC it makes me want to scream, as if its nothing!

Are you seeing an Onc at Toulouse? Which one if so? I've been seeing Prof Roche, he is excellent and I think the top man. Mind you, having started rads now, I seem to have been forgotten at CR so I think I might have to chase them up. Does anyone know how often they see you after treatment ends? I'm still having Herceptin there, so I suppose they will follow me up.

Sorry I digress. Hope that you have as best weekend as you can Karen, after your sad news.

P xx

Lezignac2
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Hi there, I'm back on line. Good news is that after being "to the point" with the Onc in Montauban I got an appt in Toulouse for my PET Scan on 26th Jan.....so fingers crossed.

I'm 48 and have been living in dept 82 for 4.5 years, started treatment in UK - mastec. chemo and then had rads here and 4 ops (to date!!) But I feel good......so I guess that's the main thing.

I had very sad news yesterday, a very close friend, I met her in hospital in Guildford when we both had our "ops", 2003, died on Monday night. She had secondaries. Very sad and a hateful disease.

Thanks for support on here when I need it, it is certainly good to get news on French things on here too.

Kx

Bahons2
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You poor thing!

And now your d/w and washing m/c gone for a ball of chalk.

It was minus 3.6 at 7 am here today with snow and ice. I think the Canal was frozen, too. Things seem to be improving a bit now, tho', with temps now above freezing.

Enjoy that cuppa!

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peacock
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Still in the mobile home - yep - its so cold! We haven't gone above -2 now for about 3 days, the washing machine and dishwasher which are outside under cover have packed up because I think the water that gets left behind after a wash has frozen.
Just got back from being fried, so off to have a cuppa

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Bahons2
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Yep - we have the receipt!

I don't think it's quite the same as car insurance as renewal notices (and up-to-date quotes) can only be given once the French government has set the reimbursement percentages for the next year. At least, that's my understanding, but I may well have it wrong....?

Yes, it's brass monkey weather here, too. (Hope you get some oil soon, Pineapple). Barely above freezing! We have a log fire going....but how about you, Peacock - are you still in your mobile home? You must be really cold....

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pineapple
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I hope you have the recipet for the recordered delivery? is it like car insurance that you have to cancel at least 2 months before?
Its freezing here too, the sun is out but every where is like a skating rink and our local lake is frozen completely over, we have never seen that before.
Our oil is running out too!

peacock
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Hello all

That is just so like France Bahons - its so frustrating!

Good luck with getting if back.

Brrr its cold here - 4 degrees.

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Bahons2
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Hi Pineapple

And Bonne Annee to all, too!

Just having a quick seethe - despite telling Pacifica no less than three times (the last by recorded delivery) that we wanted to cancel our health insurance, they have just taken a whole year's premiums out of our bank a/c in one hit! And she's 'not in the office today'!. Grrrrrrr!!!!!!!!

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pineapple
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Hi, have been living in Brittany for 9 years, had hysterectomy 5 years ago and Bc 3 years ago. I can honestly say i think i have had superb treatemnt - no expense spared.
I big Hi and Bonne annee to Bahons and peacock.
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Bahons2
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Hi both

I'm 52 - it's not so bad!

I've been broadly very happy with my treatment here, mustarm - I've had an op and chemo since I've been here - I find it more pro-active and patient-centred (how's that for a couple of up-to-the-minute buzzwords?) than in the UK. I have a very good relationship with my GP, too.

I'm feeling pretty good at the moment, thanks, Peacock, apart from the lymphoedema (which is on that 'deferred maintenance' list for some intensive treatment!) I'm not having any meds (ie hormone therapy) at the moment and my mind feels as clear as a bell and I have loads of energy. Still sleeping a lot, tho'.

Keep in touch, mustarm - if you have any queries, I'll try to help as well

Just a thought - have you been put in contact with Cancer Support France?.

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peacock
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Hello Mustarm

I live in the Dordogne and have been having chemo since dx in June, then I had a mx in November at the Claudius Regaud hospital in Toulouse, now I have just started 5 weeks of radiotherapy.

Hello Bahons, hope all is going well for you?

If you have any questions Mustarm, feel free to ask I am happy to help where I can. I too am 50, but only for another 2 weeks (ouch)!

P xxx

Bahons2
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Hi mustarm

I've been living in France for nearly 18 months now and have received treatment here since I arrived. There are several other ladies in France who post here, too.

Whereabouts do you live? I'm in the Languedoc. How are you finding your treatment?

We also have our own little thread on the 'Living with Breast Cancer" board. It's called "Expat corner - French connection anyone?" I will bump it now.

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mustarm
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french breast cancer treatment

Are there any english ladies living in france who have experience of being treated in france. Would love to hear because have just had mastectomy, I am age 50