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Jan 19, 2021 10:30AM
Thank you for your latest post dated January 16th. I do think the coronaviruses will be with us for ever, just like the flu virus.
It is not getting much publicity, but there have been 39 deaths after the Pfizer vaccine in Norway. We saw it on the television text on RT but I do not think it has been mentioned elsewhere. Apparently some of the side effects of this vaccine include fever, nausea and diarrhoea. I suppose how you react to a vaccine could probably depend on your state of health and the strength of your immune system at the time having it done.
As for when lock-down or even tiers will end is anyone's guess but I do not think it will be any time soon, and probably not this year at all.
I am concerned at how far away from breast cancer with triple negative receptors this thread has gone, and I think it is time to get back to it. It could be that there is so much information out there now that many newly diagnosed patients do not feel the need for information, but I do think there is a need for comfort, support and reassurance. If you take this forum, there is so much information under the section offered by bc.org under All Topics that you can learn a lot. Active Topics is also interesting and you do have a lot of topics there that can act as a relief from a patient's head being crammed full of breast cancer information. The threads with photographs are relaxing, and there are others for book lovers, pet lovers and just looking for a bit of fun lovers. You need to give yourself time to work out what part of the forum can help you the most.
We have to remember, all the time, that we are not doctors and that we cannot give advice. I sometimes think there is too much difficult medical information on pathology reports that are not really useful. We need to know what kind of breast cancer we have and that is not the same as the receptor status. We need to know how big the tumour is to give us the stage, what the grade is and what the proposed treatment is. We all know that it will be a mixture of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. If the tumour status is hormonal there will be medication that can be prescribed after the standard treatment and if we are not hormonal the standard post treatment medications are not useful.
I do agree with you that it would be interesting to hear from newly diagnosed patients in the UK to hear how they are being treated under Covid. Please let us know how your relative gets on. It is good to get a quick referral, but not good to then be left waiting for a pathology report and to know what treatment she will be getting. Let us hope others will post to let us know how they are being treated. It could be that things are slow in Devon.
I think the less we say about our present government the better. I cannot stand the slow rituals and the long boring speeches that go on in parliament. It becomes like a circus. We need to modernise and get the parliament out of the Palace of Westminster and into a modern more business-like building. Turn the palace into a museum. The devolved governments work so much better.
I do hope the thread will liven up because it cannot be left to the two of us to put so much into it without support from others.
I have just completed ten weeks of dealing with my cousin. The latest thing was that, because he spent three days in a nursing home, far from London, I discovered yesterday that he had been deregistered from his London GP surgery and listed as permanent in the home in the surgery used by the nursing home. Apparently this is standard practice. I found out by accident. I have now completed online forms to re-register with the surgery where he has been a patient for sixty years!?
It is such a miserable day here that you really do not want to look out of the window. I am wishing for lots of dry weather so that the gardeners can have a good tidy up in the grounds.
Keep well and keep safe.
Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food - Hippocrates B.C. 390 Preadjuvant chemo 3 months epirubicin, cyclophosphamide, 3 months docetaxel. Mastectomy RB Sentinel node pos Radiotherapy 3 weeks + boosters
6/20/2005, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 3, 1/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
10/31/2005 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
5/16/2006 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right