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Out of the blue.. by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I'd almost forgotten about my cancer blog.  It's a period of life that is somewhat thankfully behind me and the fact that I'm able to live a normal life with few physical re ... Read on »
Love & Support Are Priceless - Guest Post by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; Read on »
3rd year and clear! by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Well, its not been much of a blog of late, but that because thankfully there had been little to report.  My check-ups at the Royal Marsden had slipped to every 4 months.  My ... Read on »
......And Again!! by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This week has seen the awkward few days wait between having a CT scan and getting the results. I trundled over to the Royal Marsden this morning to receive the news from Pro ... Read on »
All Clear...Again!! by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I had my follow up CT scan on Monday with the intent of checking whether the new 'thing' in my right lung has grown at all. I met Prof. Horwich at the Royal Marsden today and ... Read on »
John Hartson...our thoughts are with you. by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I was shocked and sorry to hear the news that John Hartson, the ex- Arsenal, Celtic and Wales footballer, has been diagnosed with testicular cancer that has spread to his brai ... Read on »
The Verdict by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Back to the Royal Marsden today to find out the results of this weeks PET scan. When the consultant popped his head round the door and said "I just need to pop upstairs and s ... Read on »
Mixed News.. by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My latest meeting with Prof. Dearnley at the Royal Marsden was to review my recent CT scan and blood test. When he started with the words "It's mixed news..." I knew there ... Read on »
The Waiting... by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My consultants appointment has been put back to the 6th May, so I'll need to wait a little longer to get the results of my latest scan and blood test. Reckon I'll get cramp ... Read on »
Quick Update by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Haven't posted for a while as all's been well and I've been concentrating on my other blog.I'm due my first post-remission CT scan on Thurday, back at the Royal Marsden.  As u ... Read on »
A Mountain High by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I've been contemplating the direction of the blog for the past few months. Conscious that as remission is progressing the posts have become less frequent.Inspired by others ... Read on »
One year and still clear! by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer On Friday I popped back to the Royal Marsden for a 2-month check-up which primarily relies on checking the AFP levels (a tumor marker which is used as an early indicator of ca ... Read on »
Testicular Cancer - first time round by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer March 2005:I knew what the doctor was going to say before he stuttered to ask "You do know what that is don't you?"....a tumour in my right testical. The next day it was con ... Read on »
2nd time round by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Feb 2006:Arrived home from a weekend skiing in Morzine to open a letter advising my AFP level from my recent test was a little raised and suggesting I have another test. Fu ... Read on »
CBOP/TIP - wish it was as much fun as it sounds! by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Started a more intensive course of CBOP/TIP salvage chemotherapy, consisting of 4 cycles of CBOP (Carboplatin, Bleomycin, ????, Cisplatin) given over 4 continuous weeks in h ... Read on »
Here we go again... by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Once again a routine blood test in February showed elevated AFP levels, which continued to increase with further tests. A PET/CT scan confirmed a 6mm tumour in my left upper ... Read on »
Last Supper by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Steak for dinner - on the NHS (well it is a private ward). I'm nil by mouth after midnight, ready for 8am start. That means I'll be the surgeons first operation after the b ... Read on »
Checked he had a steady hand...! by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Met the surgeon today. As ever they tend to exhibit a confident, almost arrogant, belief in themselves - something easy to loathe in anyone but a surgeon (and Stu), but ... Read on »
What are you doing this afternoon, sir? by Nigel Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Who says the health service can't move quickly? After prevaricating for 6 weeks over which treatment to have I receive a call from Michael Dusmet, surgeon at the Royal ... Read on »