Sorry, this might be a bit of a ramble. I should have written this kind of thing before. Hopefully it will give some hope to anyone with cancer - specifically locally advanced nsclc (advanced to lymphs in neck). I was first diagnosed in November 2013 after developing a cough on holiday. X-ray revealed enough for my GP to call it asthma. I thought no way, and asked for a CT scan. That told a very different story. Anyway things happened very quickly. 6 weeks of radical chemo-radiation therapy (concurrent - the best way, if you can stand it). Subsequent oncologist and CT appointments showed marked shrinkage, and we always went away feeling positive. Until the one I had on Monday last. After the CT scan, he saw something that he and the radiologist "didn't like". Sent me into a complete tailspin. Anyway, had a bronchoscopy on Wednesday 21 Oct. Just had a call from my oncologist, nothing bad was found, including biopsy results. Lucky I was sitting down at the time. No idea what it was they "saw", apparently it's a very difficult area to interpret. Maybe scarring from radiotherapy? Next appointment November 30 2015 preceded by X-ray. Now what all this rambling waffle means is: if a weak-nerdy-coward like me can make it for 2 years, so can anyone else. Not all Cancer is a death-sentence. Don't spend ages scanning the internet. A lot of the data is either out-of-date or vague, or plain misleading. Bouncing from one oncologist appointment to the next in 3/4 months isn't always easy (we all know what 'scan-anxiety' means), and you can never feel that you're out of those dark nasty woods. But I tell you this - there's little truer than the saying that "while there's life there's hope". And trust your professionals. The people who have looked after me, well, whatever happens I could never praise them enough for their knowledge, care and attention. By golly they do a hard job. You think it's just you with cancer until you turn up for chemo-radiation and join the queue. I have told my onco that I will try hard to be one of his success stories. Who knows. Time will tell. Hope that's been of some help to someone. All the best to everyone - Margni.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.