Category Archives: perspective on illness: personal

Anticipatory/conditioned Side-effects of Treatment

In this particular posting, I want, if I may, to focus for a short time on a problem, which for many people amounts to so much more than just a “temporary physical sensation”.  Sometimes patients who are being treated with … Continue reading

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COPING WITH THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF ANTI-CANCER TREATMENT 4

Let me attempt to sum up the contents of the last three blogs with a reassuring and in every detail true account of what, with a little help and no small measure of imagination, can be achieved. One day, we … Continue reading

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COPING WITH THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF ANTI-CANCER TREATMENT 3

Now what about the more overt and truly unpleasant side-effects of anti-cancer treatment? Feelings of nausea, the need to vomit and even retch, unpleasant though they are, are part of a more primitive defence mechanism against unintentional and accidental ingestion … Continue reading

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COPING WITH THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF ANTI-CANCER TREATMENT 2

Following on from my last blog, it really isn’t “rocket science” to appreciate that even short term and temporary impairment to such important functions, is hardly likely to find us in the ‘pink’ of health at that precise moment in … Continue reading

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COPING WITH THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF ANTI-CANCER TREATMENT

Toward the end of the previous blog I made specific reference to two questions which again and again have been raised with me by patients, namely; “How can I know that the chemotherapy is really working?” and “Why, with a … Continue reading

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TREATMENT OPTIONS: Chemotherapy Continued 4…

In my own experience of cancer patients and their families, the real and troubling issues which concern them most about chemotherapy is ‘how can I know that it is really working?’ and ‘why – with treatment, which is presumably being … Continue reading

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TREATMENT OPTIONS: Radiotherapy…

It is also by no means unusual or uncommon at such times as these to feel that others are taking more and more control of one’s day-to-day life. Consequently, it can appear to be the case that one’s own involvement … Continue reading

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TREATMENTS “WHAT’S WHAT” AND “WHO’S WHO”

It is, from time to time and over the course of this correspondence, worth reminding oneself of the underlying rationale for such a website as http://www.coalfacecaring.com . This is, as has been made clear from the time of its very … Continue reading

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“Why me?” Concluding thoughts

Since those far off days of childhood, I have from time to time had to face the reality – namely that the “Valley of Baca” experience is by no means unknown in this present day and age. It may be … Continue reading

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“Why me?” (previous posting continued)

By now Moira had undergone a mastectomy, radiotherapy and several courses of at first curative, but latterly palliative chemotherapy. She had suffered and was suffering massive body image problems – she had lost several teeth and had an ill-fitting denture. … Continue reading

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