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Topic After cancer treatment

Finished treatment? Trying to find a new normal or perhaps feeling a bit lost and anxious - share experiences and practical tips with other members and the online team.

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Cervical cancer

Started by Leanneg on 23 October 2016 at 22:12

I'm left with hip and leg pain after cervical cancer it's side effects I just can't do the things I used to do it does annoy me 

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    From Tombenefits  
    04 November 2016 at 14:08

    Hello,

    It can be difficult to accept long time side effects when you have been focussed on getting through the more acute and in some ways more challenging times of active treatment.

    While the effects may be lower level than before, it can feel almost more emotionally difficult to cope with them and people can feel more reluctant about talking about them.

    Coming to terms with these late effects may involve adaptions within work and considering financial impacts. Benefits can help in these times, just as they did in the more acute period of treatments when work may not have been an option.

    Sues's most excellent blog inspired a follow up series of blogs around disability benefits that I'm currently updating and which begins here.

    These benefits can apply as much in work as out of it. Other benefits can also help you as you explore what may be a "new normal" - with both some restrictions but also new options - rather than a "back to normal".

    I would urge others with thoughts and experiences to join this conversation

    But if you - or anyone else - has any queries about rights at work or benefits during recovery (or indeed at any other time) please do feel free to message me.

    Best wishes,

    Tom

    Online Centre Benefits Adviser


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    From SusieQ  
    24 October 2016 at 09:58

    It sounds painful and exhausting - and impacting on your home and work life. I'll message you personally, and we can talk about this further - hopefully the MRI will answer some questions too...

    Warm wishes

    Sue


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    From Leanneg
    24 October 2016 at 09:26

    Yes the doc has sent me for a mri today to see what damage the radiotherapy has done to my bones I have tried to go back to work but after one day I'm back in bed sore and done in its horrible 


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    From SusieQ  
    24 October 2016 at 09:18

    Hello,

    It's frustrating when you've been through all the anxious times with the cervical cancer diagnosis, and treatment, to be left with physical reminders of what you've been through.

    It's not often realised that people can be left with side effects from treatment. (see my blog 'Long term side effects'). It sounds like it may be holding up your recovery, and I'm not surprised you're annoyed by it...when you understandably want to get back on with life.

    Have you been able to discuss the problem with your specialist nurse and hospital consultant? There may be things that can be done to ease the discomfort - after establishing the cause.

    Other members of our online community may have experienced similar, and be able to offer you encouragement and support...and Robyn and I are here, if you'd like to message us...it can be good to offload...

    Warm wishes

    Sue


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