07-12-2017 10:47 AM
07-12-2017 10:28 AM - edited 07-12-2017 10:34 AM
I know it doesnt feel natural to some people, it didnt to me at first (for all my bravado), to 'expose' myself to the opposite gender. After all, most of us (unless we are strippers lol) spend our lives only showing our private parts to very select people in our lives. It amazing how quickly you can get over that. Here's a funny story; after spending months being looked at and being used to being topless infront of people, I was out in the front garden doing some work after active treatment had finished. I had an annoying itch on the radiotherapy side, and without even thinking I lifted my top and pulled my bra right down to expose that breast. Id like to point out this is on a residential road, WITH builders working on a new development about 10 M away! Eeeek, I honestly shocked myself
07-12-2017 10:22 AM
07-12-2017 10:13 AM - edited 07-12-2017 10:14 AM
Thats ok, I figured the bit it was that you had smiled at Well, I did feel a bit bad for the men to be honest at the radiotherapy appointments, having to plop their parts out day after day for the young female teams. I guess they adopted the very same strategy as I am advocating for you, gender and age of staff is irrelevant when you are faced with needing treatment for prostate cancer.
07-12-2017 10:07 AM
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07-12-2017 09:51 AM - edited 07-12-2017 09:55 AM
Hiyer, well I can't speak for the system over there, but my experience has been that I have seen an equal number of males and females through all parts of the process. A breast is a breast is a breast, my personal opinion is that they don't see it any differently to any other body part that needs a biopsy, and have more than likely seen hundreds, or thousands. In the same way the female team also does the male 'parts' lol I think IF , and it is an IF you are needing further treatment based on your biopsy then its more important that you like and trust the people you are having treatment with, than base it on their gender. The male double radiotherapy team were great, we had a right laugh, the female head oncologist was a cow and very disinterested lol The only area I personally havent encountered a male staff member was in the breast cancer nurse section, but I doubt that has anything to do with staffing choices and more to do with the fact that certain areas of the profession interest certain people. I had a 6 month check-up only last week with a male doctor at the breast clinic, and he was very thoughtful and professional. I'd say, dont sweat the small stuff, itll be over before you know it. Stay strong.
07-12-2017 09:14 AM
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06-12-2017 05:52 PM - edited 06-12-2017 05:57 PM
You won't be the first person to have a panic attack, and you certainly won't be the last, even if you do I am appalling with anything medical, partly due to never having to take any medication or have any operation or treatments in my whole (48 year) life, until the point of needing something a year and a half ago. I have - or rather HAD - an extreme phobia about any medication entering my system, and hadn't taken so much as a paracetamol in 20 years. So, I hear where you are coming from, really I do....but you come out of this whole thing much stronger and more resilient about certain things.
06-12-2017 05:46 PM
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06-12-2017 05:28 PM
Oh flip, no, so you've gotta go through more waiting......thats so horrible. I don't know if anybody else has said this, but they do give you a local anaesthetic in the area they are doing the biopsy from, and you literally feel nothing. (but hear a click as it takes the sample). I actually, embarrasingly, had a MAJOR panic attack just as they were about to give me the anaesthetic injection, and another nurse had to go for water and they had to let me calm down. I think it was the whole stressfulness of the possible diagnosis and high adrenaline, so maybe not that embarrasing as I bet its happened quite a few times to people before.
06-12-2017 05:24 PM
OMG I didnt know you lived in the USA, sorry to hear about the biopsies cancelled but please please keep safe and thoughts are with you all there, we have been hearing about it on the news here, and that all your wonderful firefighters keep safe