Roy Myers – Cancer Stories of Hope #CANSA90
When were you diagnosed with cancer?
I am 74 now, and was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer in September 2020.
How did you find out that you had cancer?
Water retention. I was not well, and could hardly breathe. I had a CT Scan after 5 weeks, and was upset when I saw the results. This was because I had always been a healthy and fit person. I did not really have signs, but the doctor said this cancer has been there for a long time and that it had manifested itself. The nurse kindly offered me counselling. I was stressed, and she promised me everything would be alright. The doctor immediately booked me for treatment at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital (IALH), and I found it to be fantastic.
What treatment did you have / are you having for the cancer?
I started my treatment at IALH in November 2020, and had chemotherapy. I was feeling weak. I did not want to do anything, and lay in bed for 3 days. My wife and friends motivated me saying, “you’ve got to keep going, Roy”. I am currently receiving radiotherapy.
What have been your biggest challenges during your treatment?
When I had chemo I was just wasted completely, but I fought it. I spoke to my doctor who was very helpful, about the side effects of chemotherapy. Radiotherapy is much better, no troubles so far.
Where did you hear about CANSA?
I think it was nurse from IALH. The nurse told my wife about the CANSA Mkhuhla Care Home. This was such a relief for us, because travelling from Port Shepstone for treatment would have been a huge challenge.
Which of CANSA’s services have you used during your treatment?
Accommodation at the CANSA Mkhuhla Care Home. Being in the Care Home has made life so much easier for me during my treatment. I am very happy and satisfied with this great service.