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by cestrian
Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Advanced pancreatic cancer
Topic: Jonathan's final performance
Replies: 73
Views: 36398

Re: My hero, lover and best friend gone..

Dear Cathy Very best wishes for tomorrow and I sincerely hope Jonathan's funeral is an outpouring of love and celebration for his life. For some reason, with his theatrical background I am picturing a "Love Actually" merging of the Bay City Rollers lead ceremony and the Keira Knightley wedding with ...
by cestrian
Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: Family, friends and carers
Topic: My lovely Dad has passed away
Replies: 47
Views: 23529

Re: My lovely Dad

Hi Jane Agree with Cathy that Gemcitabine generally has limited side effects and could be worth a try. I've been lucky and had no side effects to speak of. I think it is routine for patients to be given an IV dose for anti-nausea prior to each delivery of chemo. Good luck to your Dad and all your fa...
by cestrian
Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Eric Ollerenshaw MP on Radio 5 Live
Replies: 3
Views: 4953

Re: Eric Ollerenshaw MP on Radio 5 Live

Thanks Julia From the emotion he seemed to be trying to suppress and the general tone of the interview I thought his loss was much more recent but thanks for the heads up. I suppose today the news could be any relationship lasting 35 years, though Jo and I are coming up to 47 years in March (and tha...
by cestrian
Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Eric Ollerenshaw MP on Radio 5 Live
Replies: 3
Views: 4953

Eric Ollerenshaw MP on Radio 5 Live

Hi All Eric Ollerenshaw the MP for Fleetwood and Lancaster sadly recently lost Michael his partner of over 35 years to Pancreatic Cancer. As an MP he feels that he is in a good position to draw attention to the lack of progress in the diagnosis and treatment of of Pancreatic Cancer. He was on the St...
by cestrian
Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: Family, friends and carers
Topic: Another loss
Replies: 2
Views: 2852

Re: Another loss

Hi Duncan So very sorry to hear of the death of your father such a short time after diagnosis, I am sure the whole of the "Forum family" joins me in offering our sincere condolences to you and your family at this sad time. At least it sounds as if your Dad was spared some of the worst indignities th...
by cestrian
Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:04 pm
Forum: Patient Experience Forum
Topic: So far so good!
Replies: 767
Views: 317848

Re: So far so good!

Hi Steve A very informative and useful post, particularly for me as I am still shilly-shallying over the nano-knife not least because of the lesions in my liver and lung and the fact that I am still feeling pretty well most of the time. I've decided to await the results of the CT scan due early Febr...
by cestrian
Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:34 am
Forum: Advanced pancreatic cancer
Topic: Devastated
Replies: 46
Views: 28015

Re: Devastated

Hi Cheryl So sorry to hear of Steve's difficulties and his latest setbacks are a real kick in the teeth for you both. My sincere good wishes for the successful treatment of his internal bleeding so they can continue with his blood thinners to disperse the clots and get on with his chemo. It is so di...
by cestrian
Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:18 am
Forum: Advanced pancreatic cancer
Topic: Thanx Very Much Coronation Street ....
Replies: 44
Views: 23367

Re: Thanx Very Much Coronation Street ....

Hi Marie Pleased you are bearing up after the loss of your Mum and hope your hubby is coping with the problems in his family. Thanks for your lovely remarks - you've inspired me to take advantage of some sunshine amid the showers and worse to get out with my Jack Russells for a stroll round the vill...
by cestrian
Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:01 am
Forum: Advanced pancreatic cancer
Topic: Hi..from a newbie
Replies: 26
Views: 14194

Re: Hi..from a newbie

Hi Lesley Very much your own decision and absolutely clear that you need to balance the benefits of any treatment against adverse effects on your own quality of life. I discussed this quite extensively with my GP when first diagnosed and made the decision to give chemo a whirl but only to the point ...
by cestrian
Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:28 am
Forum: Advanced pancreatic cancer
Topic: Thanx Very Much Coronation Street ....
Replies: 44
Views: 23367

Re: Thanx Very Much Coronation Street ....

Marie, you are absolutely right. The programme missed a great opportunity to press home the cause of better diagnosis and treatment of PC in favour of the sensational issue of suicide, euthanasia or assisted suicide. I haven't watched The Street for many years partly because they abandoned the old c...
by cestrian
Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Advanced pancreatic cancer
Topic: One hell of a day.
Replies: 13
Views: 6742

Re: One hell of a day.

Dear Arlene Good to hear that Keith is now more comfortable but it isn't right that treatment should be so hit and miss. Pleased you've also got your own meds back in line as it's so important for you both that you stay well and on an even keel. I was left under no illusions as to my prognosis right...
by cestrian
Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:03 am
Forum: Coping with loss/ Memorial
Topic: Missing my Clint so much
Replies: 2
Views: 14708

Re: Missing my Clint so much

You have the priceless gift of the strong faith you both shared and will no doubt take great comfort from this as Clint will always be with you. "For I am with you even unto the end of the earth". I do think that the presence of a loved one who has died mirrors to some extent a parent's with a child...
by cestrian
Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: Patient Experience Forum
Topic: Carls story
Replies: 402
Views: 250198

Re: Carls story

Just want to echo the good wishes to you and Carl. I've never had any side effects from Gemcitabine and indeed have just started another cycle today. Just shows that we are all different. Good luck with the nano knife I'm proceeding in that direction at my own rather snail-like pace!! It really is d...
by cestrian
Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:31 am
Forum: News archive
Topic: Abraxane - a step nearer
Replies: 5
Views: 11022

Re: Abraxane - a step nearer

Hi Steve Leading from the front as usual!! Do we know what NICE think of it? My guess is that they'll say it's not cost effective if it only extends survival by a couple of months but costs an arm and a leg! Private treatment only then possibly. I think I'll just be on Gemcitabine till next scan res...
by cestrian
Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:03 pm
Forum: Advanced pancreatic cancer
Topic: Jonathan's final performance
Replies: 73
Views: 36398

Re: My hero, lover and best friend gone..

Dear Cathy So very sorry to hear of Jonathan's death and thank you for posting such an amazingly comprehensive account of his last days so beautifully and touchingly written. All our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family to support you at this difficult time and to carry you through the ...

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