Dr. Tricia Morrison described two studies at The Ottawa Hospital—one on Lymphedema by Dr. Roanne Thomas, and her own on The Experiences of Work During and Following Cancer. Slide decks describing these two studies are available for viewing or download, below.
The following is a partial list of questions (suggested by PCCN Toronto) that you might want to ask your doctor. Some of them may not apply to your situation and there may be others that you want to ask. Take your list to your appointment and if possible, take someone with you or record the consultation.
A Real Holiday
Those glossy dazzling travel brochures
never do it for me. They always drumbeat
exotic cruises, faraway islands, big cities.
Mountains of cheap travel destinations.
a trip to be remembered for your lifetime.
Not quite what I want. So here I sit staring
at my baffled travel agent and demanding
a booklet on PSA escapes. A real holiday!
No requisition forms and no blood samples.
No doctor appointments. No PSA numbers.
And how long would you like to get away?
Easy, I shout, a few months, maybe a year.
My travel agent looks me straight in the eye.
Why that’s bloody irresponsible! Think of it.
You could do serious damage to your health!
As our tantrums fade, she agrees to help me.
Give me your medical emergency numbers.
We need to plan. Sure, I say, here they are.
She vanishes and returns with her cellphone.
It’s your doctor and he wants to talk to you.
Member Meeting, 18 July 2013
Informal gathering to get to know each other, talk about our experiences.