Hi. I am a 61 year old man who has been recently diagnosed with throat cancer. I am not surprised at all. I have been smoking for 46 years. I had two CAT scans, of the throat and of the lungs. The lung scan showed a spot. Now they want a PET scan to further investigate. In the meantime I consulted with the MD who would do radiation on my throat. His description of the effects it would have on me was scary. And it would take up to a year or more to recover. It would also involve chemo. I decided to forgo the treatment. It would have been over 30 treatments for 6 1/2 weeks. I thought about Dad, who went through radiation and chemo for colon cancer and told me if the disease didn"t kill you, the treatment sure would. When I found out I had cancer, I went through a whole lot of emotions. I have calmed after a month and settled down. I want to ask when would it be appropriate to tell family and old friends. I'm not looking for sympathy. I just don't know if I should keep it secret from some and tell others or what. I don't want to hurt peoples' feelings. My dad told some, others didn't know until he was gone and they were shocked at not being told. I would appreciate any comment on this. Thank you so much.
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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.