Thursday, 7 February 2008

2008 - the year I got cancer

I was hoping this post was going to be called "my cancer scare" and be about how I thought I had cancer but it was a false alarm. Sadly not the case.
I've not posted for a fair while but quite a lot has been happening. Basically, since just before Christmas I have been feeling run down. I got a cold and then noticed that after it had gone two of the lymph nodes (egg shaped glands) in the neck were still enlarged. I gave them a feel and they were really hard and stuck in place. Foolishly, I consulted the internet and freaked myself out. After I had calmed down I went to see my doctor who said it was most likely just due to the infection but we'd keep an eye on it and if it was not better in two weeks then come back. I then developed a cough, like no other cough I'd ever had. Within a couple of days it was like I had my ribs kicked in. A tad painful. I went back to the doctor (a different one, as my normal one was away) about the cough, as it didn't seem right somehow and I was told it was just viral and the lymph nodes were fine. Thankfully, I already had another open appointment, for some blood test results, with my other doctor and when I went in he referred me to an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist.
I went in to see him and he was quite a likeable chap and he did a number of tests, including xrays, ultrasound and finally got a tissue sample extracted from a couple of the nodes. That bit wasn't fun. Imagine lying on a table whilst someone sticks a needle in your neck and wiggles it around (without any anaestetic), not fun. I was told that given my symptoms, they suspected that I had Lymphoma, which is a form of cancer of the lymph system, but they couldn't confirm it until the results came in.
The results came in and they had found nothing bad in the neck lymph tissue, but apparently that isn't unusual with Lymphoma, which can be difficult to diagnose from small tissue samples. Great. They did say it ruled out several other nastier possibilities, which was good anyway.
The chest xray showed other lymph nodes in my chest swollen up, which accounted for my non-stop, annoying, painful cough.
The next thing to look forward to then was a biopsy, which is where they planned to cut a hole in my neck and pull out a few lymph nodes, which they can then cut up and analyse under the microscope. This would tell them for definite what type of Lymphoma it was (as there are several different variants, that all need treating differently). I also got given a CT scan, which is where they xray slices of your body, so they can look through it in detail. So, what's next? Well, now I'm waiting for the results of the biopsy, to tell me which variant I've got and the CT scan results to tell me how far it has invaded. On the plus sides, Lymphoma is meant to be very treatable, although it is still treated with radiation and chemotheraphy, which doesn't excite me overly, although once it starts, I intend to give it my all. The other plus side is that I may get some more time available at home in the day where I can get some trading in (we'll see). So there are some silver linings.


LuisGarcia said...

So sorry to hear what an awful time you've been having. Good luck with whatever treatment you need. From what I've read of you on your blog I'm sure you will approach it with a positive mindset and have the strength to come through it.

Anonymous said...

I hope everything works out okay for you. Sorry to hear about your health issues.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear the news but hopefully this is something you can talk about in the future as something in the past. As somebody who has seen several friends suffer at the hands of the dreaded C, quit the blog and enjoy your friends and family.

Razboynik said...

Hi there !
I just recently found your blog and thoroughly enjoy reading it.
I've just started to bet on Betfair and need all the help I can get.
Sorry to hear about the cancer. Put it down to being a couple of ticks down, and you'll be in the 'green' again real soon.

Mark Iverson said...

Hi Richard,

It's nice to see that you're keeping your spirits up but I'm very sad to hear of your illness.

May I wish you a speedy recovery.

All the best,


Richard said...


Many thanks for all your great and supportive comments. It was all a bit of a shock but now the results are in and I know the prognosis and the plan, I can crack on with it. Lymphoma is very treatable and is very often cured, so I've just got to get on with it. Thanks again guys.


JP said...

Very sorry to read about your illness. Stay positive, surround yourself with the love and support of your family and friends.

All the luck in the world to you.

Talkbet said...

Sorry to hear the bad news, good luck with the treatment, I'm sure your family and positive outlook will see you swiftly back in full working order.

Betting@rc said...

just like razboynik put it...2008 will be year u beat cancer n bet crazy!

STST said...

So sorry to hear your bad news Richard. Hope everything turns out well in the end. Hang in there and beat it.

All the best


Ray said...

Hi Richard,

Sorry to hear your news. I wish you all the best with your health and wealth.


Bookmaker said...

Mate, that's awful news but you sound very brave in confronting it.

Cancer really puts other thing in your in perspective.

Keep being positive and get well soon.