Chemotherapy and fishing advice

nore fly

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Just an update from this original post 2 years ago .. Head to my latest post.a few posts on ..

Hi all..I was not sure if I would put up this post as I know you are under the microscope in doing so ..no pun...I am not looking for sympathy etc etc...but what I am interested in is what advice or tips people can give me in regards to chemo and fishing..and can I forget completely the rest of my fishing season..I am starting in July and its for 3 months ..pm me if it suits you better....thanks in advance ...and ps no sympathetic get better soon stuff please ...just facts..
 
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I would talk it through first with your consultant and cancer specialist nurse. Chemotherapy has different types and strengths and this affects how you are physically. How you are physically, varies between each dose of chemotherapy, sometimes you feel terrible after receiving a treatment and then gradually improve just around the time you’re due for your next dose.

I would be concerned about the risk of infection as your immune system with be very low during treatment, a slight nick from a hook etc. which normally wouldn’t be an issue, could easily become infected.

Again talk it through with your medical team.
 
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Im not going to give you any advice other than if it was me, and if i was physically able to, id be fishing. Life is for living.

Tight lines and best of luck with your treatment nore fly

DCH
 

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One of my close friends is undergoing chemotherapy with radiation therapy for a brain tumour - he has three more cycles left.

He doesn't fish, but he's a runner and cyclist.

He has settled into a fairly predictable routine with it, where the 48 hours after treatment are bad, then he gradually starts to get his energy and focus back, peaking on the day before his next treatment.

He doesn't run or cycle as he just doesn't have the energy, but he goes on gentle but long walks with his dog, and says that he lives for those days now, when it's a little bit normal again and he's outside. The recent horrible rain has got him down as he doesn't want to be out in it for as long - so prepare for feeling less resilient generally. Life is continuing - his mood his sometimes low, but broadly speaking, he is positive. He gets out there, does his thing, gets annoyed when he doesn't feel like doing what he had planned to do - but he is doing a great job of living with cancer, in the round.

It affects everybody differently, different drugs will affect you in different ways, some protocols are more aggressive than others - but based on my friend Stephen's experience, you should be able to plan a couple of trips around your treatment, once you understand what your body's rhythm and response is. Doing stuff that makes you feel like YOU will be important, but don't push yourself too hard and don't set yourself up for disappointment. Easy beats. Short sessions. Fish with a buddy, in case you start to feel unwell. Smaller waters, lighter rods.

And yes, talk to your consultant/nurse about it.

Good luck x
 

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I under went chemo & radiotherapy for local advanced cancer of the right Tonsil back in 2012,
Patients react differently to their treatments either directly or as a side effect.
As already stated your immune system will be weak, you might lose weight & have no energy.
Positive Mental Attitude & a good network of friends helped me.
I fought & won the battle against Cancer but still fighting the war of after affects of the treatment.
You will never be the same person once you have received your treatment no matter what anyone tells you.



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I know a couple of people that took a different approach to chemo. It’s a bit controversial but the results were impressive. They found a black market supply of cannabis oil because our government still has the blinkers on. Never went through chemo. One got an extra 18 months more than predicted with chemo and spent her remaining time pleasantly stoned as opposed to really sick. It made a massive difference to her standard of life. The other lads tumour shrunk he is no longer terminal and is back to work.
Regardless fish all you can.
 

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I posted this thread 2 years ago .and all the advice was excellent. It really was spot on ...for me fishing was not possible due to an aggressive chemo routine and infection risks and no energy .5 day chemo at a time ....its all finished now .and I am a positive story of recovery and have a fresh new out look on life ... last year in May I made my way back to the river bank for the first time and caught a 14 lb spring salmon on my third cast on the fly.. priceless it was ...for any one fighting or going to fight cancer ...remember today might be really really crap but tomorrow might be slightly better than today ..and that's all you need to know...and you will crawl back to normal .it takes time ....so stay strong ..ask for help.and ask again .and look after your mental health ....and keep your fishing rods at the ready ....there are positive cancer stories all around you ..but you never hear about them ...tight lines ..
 

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Thats great news, Glad you have won the fight some don't. I'm sure your outlook on life is totally different now.
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That’s great news nore fly, my mother has just finished treatment for the second time, for lung cancer, and we are waiting to see if the treatment has been successful.
All the best for the future and I look forward to hearing more about your fishing exploits.
 

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Just over 2 years ago diagnosed with severe prostrate cancer (All PSA tests had came back normal) insisted to be checked by doctor then rapid response NHS staff at all levels fantastic Opted for surgery all went well back fishing in 2 months. Focused on getting better and a big part of that was planning to catch some Clyde salmon with friends.
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I posted this thread 2 years ago .and all the advice was excellent. It really was spot on ...for me fishing was not possible due to an aggressive chemo routine and infection risks and no energy .5 day chemo at a time ....its all finished now .and I am a positive story of recovery and have a fresh new out look on life ... last year in May I made my way back to the river bank for the first time and caught a 14 lb spring salmon on my third cast on the fly.. priceless it was ...for any one fighting or going to fight cancer ...remember today might be really really crap but tomorrow might be slightly better than today ..and that's all you need to know...and you will crawl back to normal .it takes time ....so stay strong ..ask for help.and ask again .and look after your mental health ....and keep your fishing rods at the ready ....there are positive cancer stories all around you ..but you never hear about them ...tight lines ..
Nore fly I go under the surgeons knife on the 22nd July remove my bladder and I’m bricking myself .I need to wait 4 weeks until I find out the results to see if I need further treatment ,Im hoping to be back at the river fighting fit searching for salmon next year godwilling
 

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I will be thinking of you on the 22nd ....the human body has strength that only shows when you are pushed to the limits.so you will find incredible strength physically and mentally ...and all the best on your journey craigk...and remember its OK to have **** days ....
And to anyone who has a family member,loved one , or friend or colleague in trouble with cancer ..pick up the phone and ring them.don't t avoid them ..offer to cut there lawn or walk there dog or bring them to an appointment...if I have a pound for the times people would say to me after treatment I did not want to disturb you ,when really you need them and all the help you can get ......travel your journey well Craig..and by talking you will ease the bricking it ...best of luck mate ..
Nore fly I go under the surgeons knife on the 22nd July remove my bladder and I’m bricking myself .I need to wait 4 weeks until I find out the results to see if I need further treatment ,Im hoping to be back at the river fighting fit searching for salmon next year godwilling
 

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I had my pancreas, gall bladder and spleen removed as well as a fair bit of 're-plumbing' of other bits and bobs on May the 13th, a 12 hour procedure. Although I am in no way back to full fitness, I am managing to get back out on the river a bit and actually hooked (and bloody lost) a grilse on the 8th of July. All I would say is that time passes and you will get better a little bit every single day, hopefully you will be hooking a fish before the end of this season never mind next. Don't worry about your operation, you'll be sleeping :)
 

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I had my pancreas, gall bladder and spleen removed as well as a fair bit of 're-plumbing' of other bits and bobs on May the 13th, a 12 hour procedure. Although I am in no way back to full fitness, I am managing to get back out on the river a bit and actually hooked (and bloody lost) a grilse on the 8th of July. All I would say is that time passes and you will get better a little bit every single day, hopefully you will be hooking a fish before the end of this season never mind next. Don't worry about your operation, you'll be sleeping :)
It’s the only time I’ve slept in 12weeks .buntinbee best of luck on your ongoing recovery
 

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I posted this thread 2 years ago .and all the advice was excellent. It really was spot on ...for me fishing was not possible due to an aggressive chemo routine and infection risks and no energy .5 day chemo at a time ....its all finished now .and I am a positive story of recovery and have a fresh new out look on life ... last year in May I made my way back to the river bank for the first time and caught a 14 lb spring salmon on my third cast on the fly.. priceless it was ...for any one fighting or going to fight cancer ...remember today might be really really crap but tomorrow might be slightly better than today ..and that's all you need to know...and you will crawl back to normal .it takes time ....so stay strong ..ask for help.and ask again .and look after your mental health ....and keep your fishing rods at the ready ....there are positive cancer stories all around you ..but you never hear about them ...tight lines ..
Love this congratulations on being brave and pulling threw it cracking fish to top it all off!, I bet that was absolutely magic for you, amazing ❤
 

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Well surgery has been carried out and the surgeon was pleased with the outcome been in hospital for 13days. just home on Tuesday still finding my feet.next big step is the 11th for the results I'm optimistic but not over confident time will tell what the future holds
 

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Well surgery has been carried out and the surgeon was pleased with the outcome been in hospital for 13days. just home on Tuesday still finding my feet.next big step is the 11th for the results I'm optimistic but not over confident time will tell what the future holds
All the best for the future Craig. When times are tough, which they may be, try and imagine that you are on the river, the fly line has just gone out in a perfect cast and as it starts to swing, there is a strong pull and you are into him. Keep looking forward to that Craig, and God Bless.
 

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All the best for the future Craig. When times are tough, which they may be, try and imagine that you are on the river, the fly line has just gone out in a perfect cast and as it starts to swing, there is a strong pull and you are into him. Keep looking forward to that Craig, and God Bless.
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Well surgery has been carried out and the surgeon was pleased with the outcome been in hospital for 13days. just home on Tuesday still finding my feet.next big step is the 11th for the results I'm optimistic but not over confident time will tell what the future holds
Great news Craig
 
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