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Cancer

I doubt there is anyone on the forum whose life has not been affected by cancer, either through having it themselves or knowing a close friend or relative with it.

According to the BBC evening news tonight half the population will get cancer at some stage in their life, how accurate that statement is I have no idea but what is accurate are the figures relating to waiting times for consultation and treatment.

I cannot imagine how anyone must feel once they have been told they have cancer and then told they will be treated within 2 months only to discover they have to wait much longer than that for treatment

There are many things the government class as a priority but this should be one of those at the top of the list.

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Minivanman
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Worrying as that figure of half is, I'm sure I read quite recently that if we live long enough we will all develop cancer at some time in our lives - so maybe our best hope is that we do not find we have it with a life yet to live, and if and when we do develop it, if not cured or delayed then at least to be made comfortable and pain free to the end.

As for those waiting and treatment times, in some cases they are scandalous to say the least.

Inevitable given that we are kept healthier because of the NHS and living longer? Probably, but all the more reason to get to grips with it surely. 

 

 

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Champnet
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A lot of serious Illnesses have all but disappeared over the years so the chances of catching one of the remaining ones increases and so the percentage rate also increases.  If caught in time Cancer is either controlled or cured.

I'm a surviving example...........

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Minivanman
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Sobering stuff, thanks for sharing.

 

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Luzern
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I had a very early colon cancer in 2000, which needed no more than a hemicolectomy. then referral and treatment was quite quick, because of the get on to it approach of my doctor's holiday deputy and the scan specialist; certainly not my doctor. Down here my brother-i-l had 2 skin cancers dealt with quickly, and then esophageal, inoperable, but no fault of the service, just that it's hard to diagnose.

My view is that the worst examples are often taken as typical. The NHS leaves a lot to the local, such as commissioning groups, what is considered local priority. Therefore there will never be a National Equal Health Service. For all its problems, IMO, it does bloody marvels.

No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.
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Yes my mother has had it.

I would go into detail, but it would not be forum friendly.

All I can say here is it looked very bleak at one point, but now it is looking good.

Feel free to PM me if someone wants to know any detail.

Pete11
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Just a few weeks ago, wifey was given 'all clear' on a check up she attended after having major surgery for ovarian cancer that had spread...having said that, all clear for how long? She has to attend regular check ups and so far all is looking good, but it will always be in the back of both our minds that it will return. Until then we live our lives to the full and get on with it.

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Champnet
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That’s the way to go. Without major surgery I was given 2-3 months.

Funny how you reassess. The things that seemed important weren’t, the people you took for granted suddenly become the most important things in your life....

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@Champnet

Happened to my mum, same. Given 2-3 months.

I remember we were told on a Tuesday your body can't handle any more chemo. That's it.

Following Monday mum said she said casually, the hopital rung and want me back for more chemo.

I came round and didn't know this until she had already said no.

Lots and lots of swears later (by me) it was like the Jeremy Kyle show.

In the end went on Wednesday. It worked. 

Champnet
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That’s great news. Just enjoy every moment you have with her....