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Old 01-05-2012, 17:32
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OT but what always amazes me about that program is that anybody goes on it.

Imagine going back to work after it was shown: 'Alright Bob? Hows it going? I saw your mouldy penis on Embarrasing Bodies last night by the way. Fancy a cuppa?'.
Lol. True. Even things like acne all over someone's chest are not the things you necessarily want the person you secretly fancy at work to see in glorious technicolour.
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Old 01-05-2012, 20:53
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OT but what always amazes me about that program is that anybody goes on it.

Imagine going back to work after it was shown: 'Alright Bob? Hows it going? I saw your mouldy penis on Embarrasing Bodies last night by the way. Fancy a cuppa?'.
What gets me is that they're always introduced as "Bob lives in a bedsit, his knob is green and dropping off and he's too embarrassed to see his GP". Do these people not realise it's going to be on the telly!!!
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Old 01-05-2012, 22:50
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OT but what always amazes me about that program is that anybody goes on it.

Imagine going back to work after it was shown: 'Alright Bob? Hows it going? I saw your mouldy penis on Embarrasing Bodies last night by the way. Fancy a cuppa?'.
LOL or bob goes back to work, and his so called workmates male and female say to him, hello bob, seen you on TV last week we all did not realise what a big prick you were to go on the program by the way bob what a little dick you have , his female work mates say.. bob even you balls are like marbles.. ha ha ha.. and that big ulcer you have on your foreskin .. never mind bob.. get that van out....
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Old 01-05-2012, 22:58
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I hope you're alright OP x
Thank you for asking Sophie
Yes I'm ok,really I am.I have booked an appointment for a routine check up with my new doctor on Friday just for peace of mind.
I started this thread purely out of curiosity & for educational purposes.Not just for myself but for anyone who has at some point pondered the same question... as with any thread topic.
Cancer is an issue which does affect the majority at some point in their life or indeed someone close to them.
'One mans wisdom is another mans lesson' and all that...
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:00
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Thank you for asking Sophie
Yes I'm ok,really I am.I have booked an appointment for a routine check up with my new doctor on Friday just for peace of mind.
I started this thread purely out of curiosity & for educational purposes.Not just for myself but for anyone who has at some point pondered the same question... as with any thread topic.
Cancer is an issue which does affect the majority at some point in their life or indeed someone close to them.
'One mans wisdom is another mans lesson' and all that...
yes hope everything goes well for you..
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:01
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Forget googling and seek the advice of a doctor.
Googling is helpfull in away, but I would always say, have it backed up by your doctor
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:01
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What has prompted your questions, OP?

Symptoms vary tremendously, and are dependant both on the type of cancer and the individual.
Merely out of my lack of knowledge & understanding of cancer as an illness.Educate anyone here who may have concerns.
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:02
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yes hope everything goes well for you..
Aww,thanks Zoe.Should be okay thanks,maybe it's just my poor diet & lack of exercise..
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:03
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Googling is helpfull in away, but I would always say, have it backed up by your doctor
Top advice as always Mr Rat !!
Also to all who have suggested a GP visit just as a precautionary piece of mind.
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:08
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Top advice as always Mr Rat !!
Also to all who have suggested a GP visit just as a precautionary piece of mind.

I have had a look at bowel cancer, as I have a variety of bowel, and stomach problesm. Now I know from my doctor I have ibs, and now in my late 40's its not as bad

But its a starting point to know what sympton are involved with bowel cancer, so if I notice a change in my ibs symptoms, it something I would go to my doctor, and not ignore it, thinking its ibs
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:11
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I have had a look at bowel cancer, as I have a variety of bowel, and stomach problesm. Now I know from my doctor I have ibs, and now in my late 40's its not as bad

But its a starting point to know what sympton are involved with bowel cancer, so if I notice a change in my ibs symptoms, it something I would go to my doctor, and not ignore it, thinking its ibs
yes as constipation and loose stools are both symptoms of IBS and colon cancer!!
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:15
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I have had a look at bowel cancer, as I have a variety of bowel, and stomach problesm. Now I know from my doctor I have ibs, and now in my late 40's its not as bad

But its a starting point to know what sympton are involved with bowel cancer, so if I notice a change in my ibs symptoms, it something I would go to my doctor, and not ignore it, thinking its ibs
Good point actually as I'm in my early 40s and have had irritable bowel syndrome & 'lazy-bowels' since I was a toddler.I've always put it down to a genetic trait from my dads side of the family.But on the upside,there has never been any links to bowel or prostate cancer anywhere in my family over previous generations.
But,as you say,it is better to be safe than sorry & visit the doc just to have my concerns checked out.
Just like 'Bob'.. but not in front of 2 million C4 viewers !
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:18
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Good point actually as I'm in my early 40s and have had irritable bowel syndrome & 'lazy-bowels' since I was a toddler.I've always put it down to a genetic trait from my dads side of the family.But on the upside,there has never been any links to bowel or prostate cancer anywhere in my family over previous generations.
But,as you say,it is better to be safe than sorry & visit the doc just to have my concerns checked out.
Just like 'Bob'.. but not in front of 2 million C4 viewers !

On national tv, the doctor says, just going to stick my finger up your bottom, you might feel a wee pinch
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:20
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On national tv, the doctor says, just going to stick my finger up your bottom, you might feel a wee pinch
That comment did indeed make my buttocks clench somewhat.

But that's a different thread topic entirely..
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:23
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yes as constipation and loose stools are both symptoms of IBS and colon cancer!!
Yes,though constipation can also be a result of a poor diet.Lack of fibre,regular fluid intake & fresh fruit/veg.
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:28
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Yes,though constipation can also be a result of a poor diet.Lack of fibre,regular fluid intake & fresh fruit/veg.
Too much fibre gives me havoc I had a bean salad last week and was off for days

I'm sure you will be okay AR
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:33
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Too much fibre gives me havoc I had a bean salad last week and was off for days

I'm sure you will be okay AR
Aww thanks Mrs T ! Hope your 'regularity' has now resumed normality after that wicked bean salad ?
It wasn't 'bean' as in 'baked bean' was it ? Now they do give me the toots !
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:44
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Aww thanks Mrs T ! Hope your 'regularity' has now resumed normality after that wicked bean salad ?
It wasn't 'bean' as in 'baked bean' was it ? Now they do give me the toots !
I as dip me down to bed and pray for whatever...... I confess it was a posh mixed bean and caused havoc in the wind department

And there was me thinking I was being healthy

My good wishes to you AR
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:48
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Never consult Dr google with your aliments ,in my experience he only diagnoses two things for ANY symptoms you type in :

1.Cancer
2.Pregnancy
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:50
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I as dip me down to bed and pray for whatever...... I confess it was a posh mixed bean and caused havoc in the wind department

And there was me thinking I was being healthy

My good wishes to you AR

Why,thank you Mrs T and I hope you are of the finest fettle also.

Best stick to 'cream-cheese on sweet onion Ryvita' in future instead of posh salad methinx.. ?
Can't be having a raging, tooting-Teapot now can we !
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:54
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Never consult Dr google with your aliments ,in my experience he only diagnoses two things for ANY symptoms you type in :

1.Cancer
2.Pregnancy

That is a very good point actually.

There is a 3rd and it takes you to the Hypochondriacs web page...unless your PC has a virus...
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:36
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Merely out of my lack of knowledge & understanding of cancer as an illness.Educate anyone here who may have concerns.
Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. There are many different types of this cancer of the lymph system, with many different symptoms. The basics: any lymph node lump which lingers for longer than a couple of weeks should be checked out. Itching and night sweats are possible symptoms, long with rapid weight loss.

However, my husbands cancer was stage 4 when diagnosed and, from previous blood tests taken for diabetic testing, could be seen in the blood (but wasn't spotted because it wasn't being looked for) for years prior to diagnosis. He had stomach and bowel problems during that time which were investigated and nothing was found. Eventually he collapsed due to multiple blood clots on the lungs and was rushed to hospital, were he had an all important CT scan. This helped diagnose the blood clots, for which he was treated, and alerted the docs to the possibility of a cancer (lymphoma), for which he was called back to his own GP to discuss about two weeks later. By the time he was seen by a consultant, biopsies taken, specific diagnosis confirmed and treatment started, he was so poorly he almost died. He had fluid on the lung (breathing impaired), anemia (exhaustion), awful liver pain, and blocked lymph nodes (swollen legs, fluid leaking out of the pores). No night sweats, no itching, no (at that time) rapid weight loss.

And the reason I am posting this is to demonstrate what I said before; symptoms can vary massively, be classic or unusual, and can vary from patient to patient. Unexplained symptoms should be taken to your GP, and if in doubt, get a second ooinion and/or push for further testing - GPs are generalists, not specialists. Don't worry about wasting their time, don't leave it, and don't try to self-diagnose.

And finally, just to say - my husband's treatment was sucessful and he continues to be cancer free, 18 months down the line. Yay for the NHS.
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:07
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Don't ever go looking for cancer advice on the net as every case is different.

You need to speak to a doctor.
Fully agree as I have Prostate Cancer and I have met loads of Cancer patients and they all have a different story to tell.

In my case because I had two previous stokes my GP was giving me annual blood tests and every year it was fine until one year I was sent a hand written letter from my GP asking me to call in and he arranged for me to see a Consultant.

From the day I walked in to see my first Consultant there was scans - various tests and more scans - all this took months and months and then when they were certain there was cancer I was sent for a biopsy to work out exactly where it was.

A operation was out of the question so I was given daily radiotherapy for eight weeks but due to the waiting list that did not start for nine months so from when I first spoke to my GP until treatment started was well over one year.

They could delay my treatment as they knew the cancer had only started recently as they had proof I did not have a high PSA count the previous year .

Other patients ended up getting to the treatment part far quicker as there was a big danger the cancer would spread out { will not go into details but it gets very serious very quickly }

Some other patients have still to reach that stage so it does vary from patient to patient.

I never had any symptoms and the vast majority never had any either but some did have major problems so unless you have the full history its impossible to sort them out into two or more groups.

All I know is that until I heard the results from the GP it never entered my head I had Cancer.

Even after radiotherapy I am still being seen by my Consultant as they always keep a eye on it as they have never used the words ' cancer free ' as its likely that at one stage or the other it may start growing again { due to my age they may decide not to bother with it }

Once a person has had cancer confirmed then they may find this site useful http://community.macmillan.org.uk/

Cancer treatment moves on at a pace even my radiotherapy treatment has had loads of recent advances.
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Old 03-05-2012, 00:54
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OT but what always amazes me about that program is that anybody goes on it.

Imagine going back to work after it was shown: 'Alright Bob? Hows it going? I saw your mouldy penis on Embarrasing Bodies last night by the way. Fancy a cuppa?'.
I always think that show is for exhibitionists. They're too embarrassed to go to the doctor's and have it checked out in private but are happy to get their bits out on national TV. I don't understand it
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:15
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Fully agree as I have Prostate Cancer and I have met loads of Cancer patients and they all have a different story to tell.

In my case because I had two previous stokes my GP was giving me annual blood tests and every year it was fine until one year I was sent a hand written letter from my GP asking me to call in and he arranged for me to see a Consultant.

From the day I walked in to see my first Consultant there was scans - various tests and more scans - all this took months and months and then when they were certain there was cancer I was sent for a biopsy to work out exactly where it was.

A operation was out of the question so I was given daily radiotherapy for eight weeks but due to the waiting list that did not start for nine months so from when I first spoke to my GP until treatment started was well over one year.

They could delay my treatment as they knew the cancer had only started recently as they had proof I did not have a high PSA count the previous year .

Other patients ended up getting to the treatment part far quicker as there was a big danger the cancer would spread out { will not go into details but it gets very serious very quickly }

Some other patients have still to reach that stage so it does vary from patient to patient.

I never had any symptoms and the vast majority never had any either but some did have major problems so unless you have the full history its impossible to sort them out into two or more groups.

All I know is that until I heard the results from the GP it never entered my head I had Cancer.

Even after radiotherapy I am still being seen by my Consultant as they always keep a eye on it as they have never used the words ' cancer free ' as its likely that at one stage or the other it may start growing again { due to my age they may decide not to bother with it }

Once a person has had cancer confirmed then they may find this site useful http://community.macmillan.org.uk/

Cancer treatment moves on at a pace even my radiotherapy treatment has had loads of recent advances.
Great post.

My good friend has prostrate cancer. He is treated by injections and tablets. Apparently it's easy to treat.

He is 72 and told me he was dying 3 years ago, I cried.. We are going to a party at his house today. His tests have been positive and is in great health.
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