I’d been feeling unwell – eating made me feel nauseous and I couldn’t stand to have anything tight around my stomach. My GP booked me in for some scans and then I was referred to an oncologist and I had a biopsy. After that, the diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma was confirmed.
I received the standard chemotherapy drugs for the first few months of treatment, and then I took part in a clinical trial.
During the week I had treatment, I would feel okay as the nurses would give me medicine. The next week, I would get side effects like diarrhoea, vomiting and constipation. I took ginger to help with the nausea, and I tried to live my normal life whenever I felt well enough.
I had good support from work, my family and friends, and the hospital staff were brilliant. I still have regular check-ups and I’m back to living my usual active life.
Dr Prunella Blinman, Medical Oncologist, Concord Cancer Centre, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, and Clinical Senior Lecturer, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, NSW; Gillian Blanchard, Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Calvary Mater Newcastle, and Conjoint Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Newcastle, NSW; Julie Bolton, Consumer; Keely Gordon-King, Psychologist, Cancer Council Queensland, QLD; John Jameson, Consumer; Dr Zarnie Lwin, Medical Oncologist, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, QLD; Caitriona Nienaber, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council WA; Dr Felicia Roncolato, Medical Oncology Staff Specialist, Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre, NSW. We also thank the health professionals, consumers and editorial teams who have worked on previous editions of this title.
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