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Sorry to hear it.


Here's to the 40%.






An old colleague of mine was forever getting one cancer or another.


He ripped the piss out of it the whole time.


I don't think he could  be more disrespectful of an illness.  I have seen folks make more of a fuss about having a basic cold.


Your Mrs sounds like she may be made of similar sturdy stock, pass on our best wishes.

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1 hour ago, Stubby said:

We are , having just watched the rugby , working our way through a bottle of Jameson " cask mate " Irish whisky , finished in stout casks . Very agreeable .

Lets hope you BOTH enjoy many more bottles of Jamesons together Stubby 

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12 hours ago, Stubby said:

We have to have things investigated . So it could be another reason ( the 40% ) hopefully but if it is the old nasty the that's it . No meaningful treatment and no cure . I am a bit tearful at the moment  , she is making jokes about it but I know she is well worried .

so sorry to hear that mate

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Stubby – what a shock for you both – and the family.  Very sorry to hear the news.


But, things have to be taken one step at a time.


Make sure you get the tests ASAP.  That may mean you have to chase and nag whoever is responsible.  The GP should certainly work very hard on your behalf.  More on that in a minute.


Next make sure it’s done at a Hospital with the very best facilities and reputation.  That may not be your local unit.  It might be worth pushing for a London Teaching Hospital. 


It may be a series of scans – it may be a biopsy.


Hopefully the results will show it’s something other than Pancreatic cancer – there’s a decent chance that will be the case.


If cancer is detected – it’s far from over.


Firstly, the issue with Pancreatic cancer is that it’s hard to detect.  It presents late – so by the time a patient knows they have it – it may be too late to do much.  The fact that your wife had an issue detected by ‘chance’ [after the fall] – is actually a good thing.  The delay of five months might have little impact in the outcome.


If Pancreatic cancer is caught early – it’s not necessarily a deal breaker.  Like any other cancer there are treatments.  Surgery, chemo and some more exotic, ‘new’, and personalised treatments using the immune system. 


The key to getting the best treatment may well be through the GP who ‘cocked-up’.  If they feel guilty enough – they can help route you through the right channels.


So rather than suing for negligence – leverage that guilt.


I hope you don’t need any of this.  And apologies if what I’m saying comes across as teaching you to suck eggs.


Stay strong, keep positive – and take it step by step.  I


It’s never over ‘til it’s over.


All the best.

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