I had radiation to my nose and eye area in June and July 2010. A few weeks ago tiny bits of skin startred to peel off my nose . It's not a big thing but enough to add to the unattractive things cancer has done to my face. This side effect was unexpected . And over a year later!I aked my opthamologist about the operation to remove excess skin from the upper eye lids to improve my sight . He said it was not possible with the eye affected by the cancer surgery. I could get the other done but I know that my two eyes would look even more different to each other.I will get lots of other opinions.
My field test revealed that I had lost some peripheral vision but not enough to worry about. The sight in that eye was also a tiny bit better and the "good" eye was a bit worse than last time.
I have mixed feelings about this doctor . He operated on my eye to unblock a tear duct and it was only partly successful . This operation rarely fails . He was puzzled. Less than 5 months later I had more symptoms . Another 5 months later I was diagnosed. It turned out that the tear duct blockage still left was cancer and that operation created an opening for it to spread into the nose .
I only continue to see him because he's handy .I don't have great confidence in him but I don't know if I need a better doctor to check my eyes. If I ever needed any kind of operation I would go to another doctor.
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.