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Re: Have you been checked

Postby thesurgeon » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:09 pm

RISK I think there is nothing worse than hearing if only you had come sooner :cry: what is your life worth 1400$ :?: in the public system you can wait and wait and wait i think that it is wise to bite the bullet and get it over with. :glad:

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Re: Have you been checked

Postby mcnphoto » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:38 pm

Pay the money mate I wish I had of.
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Re: Have you been checked

Postby robbo57 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:01 pm

I'm with Mark and Ted. If you can find out sooner rather than later it may save your life.
That's the whole idea of this thread - early detection is vital when it comes to cancer. If
I had of had early tests I possibly wouldn't be looking at an early death sentence so if you
can afford it get it done. Hope it comes back negative for you.
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Re: Have you been checked

Postby Plakkyboat » Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:08 pm

Great supportive words guys. Thanks.

I have booked an appointment with the GP for a specialist referral and the specialist/surgeon says it can be scheduled for mid to late September.
As you say, better than standing in a queue in the public system that may end up being too late.
Also, I totally agree with your thoughts about the value of your life and regrets that may occur from failure to act in a timely manner.
I'd prefer get another 10 to 15 years of reasonable health rather than spending most, if not all of it fighting a losing battle against a preventable cancer.
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Re: Have you been checked

Postby robbo57 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:00 pm

Good on ya Paul. Fingers crossed for September mate.
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Re: Have you been checked

Postby shayneh2006 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:02 pm

Mmmmm


Cancer :shout:


Seeing this thread is devoted to this ugly disease, I might as well add my latest dealings with it, that might have been really seiuos, but thankfully reduced to manageable.

For the last few years, I have had a sore on the tip of my nose, that comes and goes. After seeing the GP a few times about it, I was refered to a Dermo. It was confirmed a lesion, that needed two weeks, every day of Radiotherapy,,, (too much fishing in the sun :grr: .

My face looked like crap for weeks after.


Still yet to go back for a checkup to see if its gone.


Then, about 5 weeks ago, I had severe lower left quadrant abdominal pain that saw me hospitalized for 4 days at the Nepean hospital. After extensive testing, (CT and what not), they still didn't know. They did say that it was all lower bowel related,,,,possibly Diverticulitis, fatty Appendices, or .................... :shout:

I was released, scheduled to see the bum doctor,,,,, for the camera up the,,,,you know what,,, better known as a colonoscopy :devil: .


Thankfully, I was all clear for the serious one, but need to manage other complications I have.


For the people that are dealing with this dreadful disease, whether its yourself or loved ones, as hard as it gets, try to stay positive...



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Re: Have you been checked

Postby robbo57 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:33 pm

G'day Shayne good to hear from you mate. Wow you've had a bit of a scare there. Glad it's not the big C and hope you can manage the other ok.
As far as your face being crap after rads I wouldn't worry. It's always been pretty rough :egrin: Just joking - hope all is good now.
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Re: Have you been checked

Postby Plakkyboat » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:58 pm

robbo57 wrote:Good on ya Paul. Fingers crossed for September mate.


I went to the doctor on Wednesday. She updated my Mother's referral no worries but none for me.
Strangely enough a doctors referral is necessary every year even though my Mother has had dangerous polyps removed during her annual colonoscopy, twice in the past 2 years. Is that just another money milker?

The doctor refused to provide me with a referral for the specialist to do a colonoscopy until she sees the results of my last colonoscopy I had about 9 years ago at the public hospital performed by non other than Bundy's notorious Dr Death.
I wasn't on the recall list for operations performed by Dr Death but my doctor says that's probably because the photos taken of the operation would provide them with enough information to not require a recall if all was okay.
It seems that a family history is not enough to easily generate a referral by my doctor. So I authorised a release form for my Doc to see the hospital's results from 9 years ago and now must wait to hear from her before having another appointment to get a referral to the surgeon. Smacks of milking the system, to me.

Interestingly my sister had a colonoscopy done as a result of advice from my Mother's surgeon that all family members should have one done ASAP after her first operation two years ago where some dangerous polyps were found and removed. My sister said that she didn't have a follow appointment with her surgeon and they merely told her the results were negative immediately after she awoke from the operation in the hospital. Therefore she believed the followup appointment may not be unnecessary.

So this time whilst scheduling my Mother's colonoscopy for September, I asked about whether it was necessary to have a followup appointment with the specialist if the results of a colonoscopy were negative. The response from the surgeon's office was that a biopsy is done by the surgeon during the colonoscopy and should always be done as part of a colonoscopy operation. The biopsy needs to be sent to the lab for testing and therefor a followup appointment would be necessary to provide the results of that biopsy to the client.

Again, it still smacks of 'money milking' to me as the follow up appointment in the case where the results of the biopsy are negative. That followup appointment is not a cheap one, $80 for a 10 minute consultation with no Medicare rebate at all. The initial appointment prior to having the colonoscopy is $150 with a $72 rebate from Medicare but they don't provide any rebate for a followup appointment with the specialist. Go figure !

I did the poo test that the government provided me a couple of years ago and the tests came back negative. That could easily be perceived as good news but considering the poo test merely looks for blood in the faeces, maybe it's not necessarily all that good. Unfortunately if you have a fissure and/or piles which bleed from time to time, that may also be the cause of the bleeding. Therefore you need to pick a time for the poo test when blood appears absent.

That is one of the reasons I believe a poo test is not a very effective indicator for the presence or absence of cancer or dangerous polyps.
Therefore it is also (now) my belief that a colonoscopy should be done by everyone over 50 years old/young with a maximum gap of 3 years between colonoscopy operations. That assumes the over 50's are looking to maximise their remaining years on this planet.

My Mother's specialist/surgeon says every 3 years maximum to have a colonoscopy and my GP says every 5 years maximum. So 9 years may be a little over-extended for this crucial test.
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Re: Have you been checked

Postby Matt S » Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:15 am

[quote="Plakkyboat"]

The doctor refused to provide me with a referral for the specialist to do a colonoscopy until she sees the results of my last colonoscopy I had about 9 years ago quote]


mate I'd be changing doctors pretty quickly if she has that attitude. 9 years ago was a long time and I wouldnt think they'd be all that revelant anymore.
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Re: Have you been checked

Postby nqkayaktours » Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:02 am

Plakkyboat wrote:my last colonoscopy I had about 9 years ago at the public hospital performed by non other than Bundy's notorious Dr Death.

Did you check you had all your other parts intact after that? :wink:
Plakkyboat wrote:I wasn't on the recall list for operations performed by Dr Death but my doctor says that's probably because the photos taken of the operation would provide them with enough information to not require a recall if all was okay.

He had already taken out some extra bits by then. Ones that you didnt need. You already had another one. :egrin:
Plakkyboat wrote:The doctor refused to provide me with a referral for the specialist to do a colonoscopy until she sees the results of my last colonoscopy I had about 9 years ago at the public hospital

matt@taylorsbeach wrote:mate I'd be changing doctors pretty quickly if she has that attitude. 9 years ago was a long time and I wouldnt think they'd be all that revelant anymore. Just my opinion

X2. Thats a bit long between checkups. Nearly double the recommended time. :oops: Plus technology has come a l-o-n-g way since then. Time to see another doctor i reckon.

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Re: Have you been checked

Postby Plakkyboat » Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:51 pm

Good advice guys. Thanks.

I will call the surgery next week and if there is a delay in getting the results from the hospital then I will seek a referral from another doctor.
Being thorough is one thing but a family history should be enough to do it, one would think.
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Re: Have you been checked

Postby Plakkyboat » Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:16 am

Here's yet another reason to get checked regularly.

My father in law (74) was feeling off a bit over the past couple of weeks so he got a referral and went to a specialist who decided to scan him all over.

Results came through last Friday:

Cancer in the Liver :cry: + Cancer in the Lungs :cry: + Cancer in the Bowel
:cry:

About 5 years ago, his wife, my mother in law (whom I dearly admire) had developed 'end stage' breast cancer is also known as stage IV breast cancer, the most advanced stage of the disease. According to Imaginis, a women's health resource, during this stage, the cancer has spread to other organs of the body. The three most common areas affected are the liver, bones and lungs. When these areas become affected, the most obvious signs of end stage breast cancer present themselves.

She undertook Chemo Therapy followed by Radiotherapy and now a regular cocktail of drugs to help her deal with Lymphodema caused by having some lymph nodes removed as well.

Her survival and ongoing positive attitude toward life is an uplifting inspiration and now she has kicked in without hesitating to become a carer for her unfortunate husband.

As the heading in this post says: 'Have you been checked?' but more to the point 'Have you been checked LATELY?'
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Re: Have you been checked

Postby Plakkyboat » Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:16 pm

In reference to my previous post about my unfortunate father in law, he has recently been given 2 months to live by his Oncologist.
My Dad was given 6 months with Multiple Myeloma but lasted another 6 years, some good but a lot of 'not so good'.

My 61 year old cousin had liver cancer this year and it moved to his pancreas before the liver cancer was diagnosed.
He developed yellow eyes and was gone within 2 weeks of that symptom.

The father in law has developed yellow eyes from his stuffed liver. 2 months may be a stretch.
The father in law's regular doctor never bothered with thorough checkups.
It was only when he got sick and had to go to a more locally based doctor that he was given the advice of the likelihood of cancer, even before tests were done.

There are doctors and there are 'doctors', if you get my drift.

My Doctor is so thorough, even though I now have a family history of cancer polyps (Mother only, for the past 2 years) she wouldn't give me a referral for a colonoscopy until she received and assessed the hospital reports from my last one from 11 years ago. Got it now and booking it next week. Fingers crossed.

REGULAR & THOROUGH CHECKUPS ARE A MUST if you value a long life.

21 Sept EDIT: Father in law lasted only 5 days after this post. RIP to a passionate beach fisherman from the southern central NSW coast (a small township known as 'God's Waiting Room')
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Re: Have you been checked

Postby kayakone » Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:14 pm

Different cancers to your fears Paul, but surprisingly, despite this thread, and a similar one on the other forum, there are still a number of people who go out in the sun kayaking/working, without a HAT OR SUNSCREEN.

Can you fathom that?


Plakkyboat wrote:REGULAR & THOROUGH CHECKUPS ARE A MUST if you value a long life.


I second that. Ignorance is NOT bliss.
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Re: Have you been checked

Postby Plakkyboat » Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:54 pm

kayakone wrote:Different cancers to your fears Paul, but surprisingly, despite this thread, and a similar one on the other forum, there are still a number of people who go out in the sun kayaking/working, without a HAT OR SUNSCREEN.

Can you fathom that?


Plakkyboat wrote:REGULAR & THOROUGH CHECKUPS ARE A MUST if you value a long life.


I second that. Ignorance is NOT bliss.


I am with you on that too Trev.

I've had multiple places (including my face) where skin cancer has been cut out. Worst scarring is on my arms but the warning is etched in my brain.

A friend died from skin cancer about 3 years ago. It started with a mole on her thigh. Whilst it was tragic for her to die at just 50 years old, within 6 months of being diagnosed, death from skin cancer was not a total surprise to me as I had already been dealing for several years with the reality of skin cancer surgery to prevent myself from going that way. I get annyal checkups for skin cancer.

Ignorance is only 'temporary bliss' at best and is usually a choice, whether it is made deliberately or unconsciously.

It's amazing how long some of us can continue in bliss before the MACK truck finally hits.
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