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LizzyB73 Oncology Specialist Nurse

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  • Hi @greenbean48 Just checking in following your whirlwind experience in ER and your massive shock diagnosis. Can hear how scared you are understandably, it is really important to make sure you have all the facts of your diagnosis and that will take…
  • Hi @Bliss In my personal experience of working in healthcare , a Consultant would not usually say to a patient no tumours found and then write cancer on a scan report. They would usually say something along the lines of , yes we found something co…
  • Hi @Franny I hope you are doing well following your mastectomy I have attached an article that may well be of use for your query (Link) I hope you recover quickly best wishes Liz 🌸🌸
  • Hi @Bliss Thanks for getting in touch and after reading your story, I can understand your concern. I agree that the gastroscope report is quite worrying for someone who is not familiar with the terminology it contains, I will try and break it dow…
  • Hi @netadict Tom, Thanks for your comment - do you have a cancer diagnosis that you need some support with? Happy to help if you need a chat. Although I am a great advocate for seeking natural remedies for medical conditions, I think we have to b…
  • Hi @Chlogamble Thanks for getting in touch. I will link you in with @Amber_Thomas_RDN , live better with’s registered dietician who will be much better placed to answer this one. We would always advise patients to continue with Vitamin D as this…
  • @schnoodlemum Hi Usually chemo would start about four to six weeks post mastectomy but as you mentioned you currently have a wound infection, this would need to heal first. good luck with it all best wishes Liz x
  • Hi @casazue Thank you for getting in touch - we don`t routinely give red cell boosters in the UK for patients on chemotherapy and it is quite unusual for them to cause diarrhoea. They can cause some joint pain and muscle spasms. Could it be the …
  • HI @MrsT The guidance now is for those shielding to do so until the end of July but after that time it would still be really important for those patients on active treatment to be extremely careful Please get in touch if you need any further suppo…
  • @Rosiet I do apologise for my delay in getting back to you and I can see that Blanka has already sent some articles which I hope are of help Dry hair due to long term anti cancer treatment is very common. Using an neutral pH shampoo and conditione…
  • @schnoodlemum Thanks for getting in touch and I do hope you are recovering well after your mastectomy. In my own experience we have always given herceptin and pertuzumab concurrently with taxol and I have not ever giving the two drugs on their ow…
  • Hi @Belle39 Thanks for getting in touch, you have joined a very supportive and friendly community. May I offer the following (Link) I wish you all the best Liz 💕
  • Hi @Tallgirl Feet swelling for patients is quite a common feature. You didn’t mention which specific chemotherapy you had but many of the regimes do have side effects of water retention which can be distressing. I agree with Lou’s advice and makin…
  • @RoB Thanks to Blanka Ron linking us in I can only imagine how hard things are for you right now. Cancer fatigue is that one as nurses we find the most hardest to deal with as we have no magic wand to make it better. Small goals each day and all…
  • @Viv Hi So many women in your position say that once treatment has finished they feel very isolated and it’s like falling off a cliff. This is where support groups like this can help. This is also very poignant at this time of covid 19 situation. …
  • @Voicee Hi Hope you are doing okay today. Please let me know if I can help at all by sending me a message and I will try and answer your questions. best wishes Liz 💕
    in Introduction Comment by LizzyB73 June 5
  • Hi @Malcolm_1954 I apologise for my late reply. Any drugs you may have taken to suppress testosterone production can cause this problem. sometimes it is permanent but fingers crossed it will improve. Muscle strengthening exercises for that area m…
  • Hi @Kenzie123 How is the pain today. Sorry I am a bit slow in replying as I missed this one to start with. Let me know if you need a chat Liz 🌻
    in Lung cancer Comment by LizzyB73 May 28
  • Hi @Teresa68 hope you are doing okay today. I read your post and thought I would send you some information on the possible cyber knife treatment that has been suggested as a possibility for you. (Link) good luck with your chemotherapy best wishe…
  • Hi @Debs Thanks for getting in touch. It would be worth making sure you are not deficient in any vitamins particularly b12 and D as lack of these can cause joint pain and numbness. If the pain was there prior to your diagnosis I would suggest it’…
  • Hi @rieh Thank you for getting in touch. I hope you are feeling okay after your surgery and recovering well. I am so sorry but I am not able to offer answers to such a specific question without being in full knowledge of all the clinical informa…
  • Hi @AdeleV This article possibly may be of use to answer your question about hair regrow after treatment ends. (Link) wishing you well with your continued recovery. Please get in contact if you need further support. Best wishes Liz 💕
    in Hair loss Comment by LizzyB73 May 12
  • Hi @rickyd I hope today is a better day for you. Life is very alien at the moment and coupled with your ADT treatment which takes a toll on the male body just adds to everything. Please make contact if you need a time to chat or off load best wis…
  • @Ashman87 Hi there I am so sorry that you are experiencing this very debilitating symptom. Are you having any cancer treatment at the present time? Best wishes Liz
  • @rieh Hi Rie I am so glad that you are feeling much better after your docetaxel and how fantastic that the cancer shrunk sufficiently that you were able to have a mastectomy and node clearance. This is just testament that what can start out as ver…
  • @AnnetteA Hi Thanks for getting in touch. Without knowing for which cancer and what type of chemo treatment you had for back in 2018, it would be difficult for me to know if it could be related. If you let me know, I can come back to you with a m…
  • @Dathi Hi Dathi Thanks for getting in touch. Joint pains such as you have described are not something I have come across with patients on Folfox , are you having any injections to boost your white cells at present? if so, this would be a possible …
  • @MrBumpsMum Hi Just wanted to check in to see how you got on with your consultation today. Let me know if you need any support Liz 😍
  • @MilliB Hi Milli I just wanted to touch base following your posts to see if I could help at all I understand how isolating it is for people right now who cannot access their healthcare professionals as they would do normally Please let me know i…
  • @Jools Hi Thanks for getting in touch and I hope you are coping okay at this difficult time In short, yes your portacath should be flushed every 4 weeks while it is not being used but also if there is not need for you to have it in place still, …
    in Portocath Comment by LizzyB73 April 29