• Since your diagnosis do you find that when you read an article about the "signs" of your type of cancer that you see you missed them?

    Asked by bigjan1 on Sunday, September 3, 2017

    Since your diagnosis do you find that when you read an article about the "signs" of your type of cancer that you see you missed them?

    I was reading this one on 6 super subtle thyroid cancer signs I ignored-Don't panic but pay attention to your body. I didn't. I can see myself in this article.

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I really and truly had NO indications that lung cancer was growing and spreading in my body. I felt great. I had tons of energy. I was more active than I had ever been in my life. I wasn't coughing nor was I short of breath. No symptoms at all.

      A small knot had come up near my collarbone that I would have definitely ignored. In fact, I had felt it and promptly forgotten about it. It didn't hurt or anything.

      Fortunately, I had a doctor's appointment shortly after the knot came up. I had forgotten about it, but my PCP felt it and it concerned her enough to send me for a CT scan.

      The rest is history. Stage IV lung cancer.

      I asked my first oncologist when we would have realized I had late stage LC if my PCP hadn't been so astute (or if I hadn't gone to the doctor for something else ... it was my first doctor visit in about 10 years). He said I probably would have landed in the hospital with pneumonia and would likely have never left there.

      Scary stuff. And one reason screening is so important

      about 1 year ago
    • lh25's Avatar
      lh25

      I do see things looking back that I realize were caused by the cancer but didn't realize it at the time. They weren't that different then what I've had much of my life, just subtle differences.

      I'd always had heavy periods, so having a little heavier ones didn't seem odd, esp as I'm in my 50's and was entering into Menopause. I had a few twinges of pain in the middle of my cycle, again not that odd. Nothing jumped out as alarming, and my pap smears were always fine. In fact, the one they did the night I ended up in the ER because the bleeding wouldn't stop was fine. It was only when they did a uterine biopsy that they found problems.

      about 1 year ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      I had guilt for months after my diagnosis not because I ignored signs but because I was so complacent in my care. I initially noticed something different occurring in my body, that is what drove me to my gp in the first place. But once he saw I had been diagnosed with gastritis several years earlier, that is the path he went down and I blindly followed behind him. I had no idea that ovarian cancer can exhibit epigastric symptoms . Ovarian cancer is not a cancer that is much discussed and certainly was not on my radar. When I was finally diagnosed, months later, it was because I DEMANDED further testing. I wish I had grown my backbone sooner.

      about 1 year ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      I knew something was wrong but I had no idea what. I went to doctor after doctor pointing to the tumor and asking that it be removed.

      "It is just a wart or hemorrhoid." each and every doctor from internists to proctolohists to dermatologists to specialty surgeons. "We dont take those off any more." myopic sons of 4 legged females with many nipples. 2 women doctors as well.

      Have a happy pill or see this shrink I recommend who will give you happy pills. More than a dozen refused to keep me as a patient because I was "uncooperative" by not believing that a happy pill would solve my problems. No lexapro nor wellbuterin nor valium thank you. Keep your xanax.

      Meyati once opined that it would have been better and wasted less time to cut the tumor out sans a doctor. I guess I am not all that brave or foolish.

      I had to gain 65 pounds for a doctor to be willing to remove the growing along with the rest of me tumor.

      When the docs screwed up the drugs they were claiming to give me and I wound up with a new disease instead, I had to regain the weight I had lost and then some for the docs to agree to give me a blood test.

      I never did find an allergist who had the slightest clue about the mold allergy.

      Sorries but the signs I missed were signs in the doctors' offices reading "I am incompetent."

      Bah humbug.

      about 1 year ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I find few articles about my cancer. I never knew my cancer existed. I had thought I would get the kind of cancer my neighbors and classmates were getting. Those were Lung cancer, Thyroid Cancer and Breast Cancer.

      about 1 year ago
    • SFBAY's Avatar
      SFBAY

      I missed all the signs. Thyroid cancer= slight cough. Feeling like you are swallowing around a marble in your throat. Swelling in the neck - saliva gland area. Tired. (Who isn't tired a lot?) Low grade fever for weeks. I thought this was the "new normal" since I turned 40. I was so shocked to go into a ENT to talk about sinus stuff and getting sent to biopsy within 20 minutes as my "neck was swollen on the right side only" and he didn't like the feel of it. 3 days later, it was positive for papillary cancer and a week later, I had my thyroid out.

      about 1 year ago

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