Feb 11, 2008 - 8:56 pm
I'm new to CSN. I'm looking for input from 35-40 y.o. female(s) who have similar background to mine to exchange information, knowledge and experiences with long-term side effects. I was diagnosed in 4/1988, had a splenectomy and laperotomy, and 3+ months mantle/abdomen radiation. One of my lungs was radiated for a month before being blocked. I've never sought out anyone to share this with, but as I am more aware of possibilities of 2nd cancers and heart disease issues I would like to increase my awareness. I'm very athletic and since remission have always struggled w/shortness of breath and compromised cardiovascular performance in general. I have zero-tolerance to spicy foods (mouth pain). My thyroid was irradiated and is nonfunctional so I take synthetic hormones but still have extreme sensitivity to cold, v. dry skin/hair esp in winter, and I believe I have lower energy than I should considering my healthy habits (plenty of sleep, great nutrition and physical activity). I'd also appreciate any advice about finding an oncologist who could focus on my specific Hodgkin's long-term risks (lymphoma, lung, thyroid, breast cancers). Should I let that MD refer me to a cardiologist for preventative screening? Many thanks.