It’s time to call time on the “end of treatment” bellBMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4236 (Published 18 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4236
- Jo Taylor, founder
- After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
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I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2007 and since then I’ve had many rounds of chemotherapy. I am currently attending a chemotherapy unit every three weeks. The treatment I’m having is given intravenously through my portacath (a permanent indwelling intravenous line).
Last week, a patient’s relative thought that I was a “newbie” after someone helped me with my spilt cup of tea. I was tethered, as usual, to the IV but was being lazy by not unplugging the monitor and stretching to reach the paper towel, so she kindly helped. Normally I whizz around with ease, and after five years of training with the monitor I use it like a partner in a waltz. I overheard another patient say, “She’s on her 87th treatment!” with her relative repeating “87th?”
Yes, it’s unusual to have undergone so much treatment, and over such a long time, but increasingly people have …