Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins
DoB: 26-Jan-1946
Chepstow, NP16 7LR, Monmouthshire, United Kingdoms.
tel: 01594 - 528 337

All ideas and info. provided here are to be discussed with your medical professionals. I am NOT Medically trained. I have merely had this vile disease since 1998 - always use your Common Sense and seek expert medical advice.
YOU MAY FIND THE LINKS in text and in the Right Sidebar of Help.
I can NOT vouch for any external site that I may direct readers to & therefore can NOT accept any legal responsibility - this is a personal blog of that which I believe only.
I do NOT believe there are magical cures hidden from us by our medical professionals though there are without doubt cases that seem cured as if by magic. Medical knowledge of this disease is very rudimentary and research frequently profligate but pointless!
However - sticking goji berries in your ear on a moonless night or similar WILL NOT HELP - Nor will the price paid for quackery be it here OR Mexico, Brazil or China!
There are many health care professionals trying their very best with great care and compassion but perfection is a little way off!
Be Minded:
I have cancer - cancer does not have me!

"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come". - (Julius Caesar - Act II, Scene II).

Friday, 8 April 2011




Information about your visit for a kidney function test

This leaflet provides information about your kidney function test. It explains what this is and how it is performed. It also answers some of the most common questions people ask about this test. If any of the information is not clear or if you have questions not answered by this leaflet, then please ring the Department of Nuclear Medicine on 029 2031 6237.

Your doctor has asked us to perform a kidney function (or EDTA) test. This is a test in which a small amount of radioactivity is used to tell the doctor how well your kidneys are working.

What is involved?
The radioactivity is a small quantity of liquid injected into a vein in your arm. You will then have a small blood sample taken at two, three and four hours after the injection.

Do I have to stay in the hospital?
Between the injection and the blood samples you are free to leave the department and the hospital if you wish.

Will I have to undress?
You will not need to undress although it is easier to give you the injection and take the blood samples if you wear a top with loose fitting sleeves.

Do I need to prepare for the test?
No, you can eat and drink as normal.

Do I need to stop taking my other tablets and medication?
There is usually no need to stop taking your tablets or other medication. If there is, we will tell you in your appointment letter.

Will it hurt?
Only the needle ‘pinprick’ might hurt a little. You should not feel any after effects from the test. It will not make you sleepy and will not stop you from driving a car.

Is the radioactivity dangerous?
No. The amount of radiation you receive is very small (less than you would get from an X-ray examination).

Do I need to do anything after the test?
You can eat, drink and go where you wish.

What happens to the results of the test?
The information we get from the blood samples is sent to the doctor who sent you to the Nuclear Medicine department.

Is there anything I should tell the staff before the test?
Yes. Please tell us before you have your injection if you:

• are taking any diuretic (‘water’) tablets
• are, or think you may be, pregnant
• are breast feeding

We hope you have found this leaflet helpful. If you have any questions or want further information, please phone the Department of Nuclear Medicine on 029 2031 6237.

Velindre Cancer Centre
Velindre Road,
CF14 2TL

This leaflet was written by health professionals. The information contained in this leaflet is evidence based. It is reviewed and updated every 2 years.
To view the original leaflet CLICK HERE

I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!
If YOU want to follow my fight against Cancer from when it started and I first presented with symptoms see The TAB just below the Header of this Blog. called >DIARY of Cancer< just click and it will give you a long list of the main events in chronological order.
Thoughts and comments will be in chronological order in the main blog and can be tracked in the >ARCHIVE< in the Right Sidebar. You may find the TABS >MEDICAL LINKS< and also >CANCER LINKS< of help.
YOU are welcome to call me if you believe I can help in ANY way.
Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins
tel: 01291 - 62 65 62


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