Being diagnosed with cancer can be frightening. It helps to be well informed about how the various treatments are going to affect you, and possibly your M.E., and about after-care. We hope that this leaflet will help you be better prepared.
“People who have a long-term condition are inevitably going to find that they may develop other illnesses as time goes on – including serious conditions such as cancer.
“However, there is no firm evidence from published epidemiological research studies to indicate that cancer is more (or possibly even less) likely to occur if you have M.E., or that overall life expectancy is reduced by having M.E.
“What is relevant is the fact that some of the symptoms of M.E. can also occur in the early stages of cancer. So it is important to always check with your doctor if a new symptom occurs, or an existing symptom seems to be getting worse (e.g. a sore throat becomes persistent)…
“Being told that you have a diagnosis of cancer is a very frightening piece of information. All of the three main treatments – drugs, radiotherapy and surgery – can at best be daunting and worst be frightening on top of the initial shock.
“It helps to be well informed about how the various treatments are going to affect you, and possibly your M.E., and we hope that this leaflet will help you to be better prepared.
“We discuss some of the most important points to bear in mind as you go through the treatment process and with regard to after-care.”
The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.
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