Hilary Osborne’s piece (When it arrives to cancer drug aspect-results, it is about what you will tolerate to remain alive, 17 March) rang a lot of bells with me. Since autumn 2021, I have been taken care of for a next time for acute myeloid leukaemia, possessing experienced an uncommon return of the illness immediately after much more than 20 yrs without the need of indications.
Though my chemotherapy was a milder routine than ahead of, adjusted to my now becoming in my late 70s, I experienced more intense aspect-effects, particularly in the early levels of therapy. I had long-term gout and inflammation in my decreased legs so I had to use a walking frame, and I formulated deep vein thrombosis. These are equally recognised dangers of chemotherapy. The tiredness I recognised from all individuals yrs ago – it is in a league of its very own and stops any action promptly.
Despite the fact that I finished the chemotherapy months back, my hair is not rising. Additional importantly, my marketing consultant tells me that my lower platelet count, which means my blood has problems clotting and I bruise quickly, could be long lasting – a “battle scar” from chemotherapy.
Like Hilary, I am overwhelmingly grateful to however be alive and for all the fantastic treatment that I have had from the NHS – from my GP surgical treatment to my medical center remedy – but I think everybody hopes for a kinder cure.
Like Hilary Osborne and tens of thousands of many others, I also am working with the side-consequences of these impressive but important medicine. Mine include mildly hallucinogenic desires, really imaginative (I think), not a jot of which can I recall in the early morning. How did rock musicians do it? Hugs and most effective needs to Hilary and all the other individuals in our not quite exceptional club.