Hi, i am currently getting treatment for Essential thrombocythemia (ET) and have been for 18 months, whats concerning me is that i seem to have to visit the loo 2 or 3 times a night to urinate, at the same time i get a stomach ache but dont need the loo for that. My question is would the regular blood tests i get pick up that there maybe another condition such as prostate cancer ( given my symptoms) and is this something i should mention to the specialist nurse, the toilet visits are annoying and usually it seems like a full bladder each time.
Oh, @Colinb I am female, 73yrs old and not on treatment for my Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).
I go to the loo 2-3 times a night and have been for the last approx. 8 yrs.
When I mentioned it to my nurse she said it was because of my age and because
I was horizontal and how my insides work.
As for your question, I am not a medical person, but perhaps it is worth telling your specialist nurse and then perhaps your GP to have specialist tests, if appropriate, to diagnose, or not, prostrate cancer.
Please let us know how you get on and look after yourself.
@Erica has given great advice. I think it’s really important to mention any changes to your nurse. You can always give the support line a call to talk things through as well.
Please let us know how you get on
As @Erica and @Nichola75 have wisely mentioned, talking to your GP and Clinical Nurse Specialist about your symptoms is important when they are troubling you.
The regular blood test you have for your Essential thrombocythemia (ET) would not pick up any sign of Prostate Cancer, the blood test used to assess for this disease (along with physical examinations) is Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test.
Important to report your stomach pain too as any symptoms are worth mentioning to you team. Often, symptoms are unrelated to your Essential thrombocythemia (ET) and can be remedied by either your GP of Haematology team.
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