I haven't so far, but I intend to do it now. I'm not very good with reassuring people who contract cancer, because in my time in the NHS and involvent with radiotherapy, I encountered much misery. When I started in that job in the early 70s, it wasn't so much a case of whether cancer would kill you, but more a case of when. The first bit of hope that something might change I saw, was when a fairground owner who had been told his cancer had been cured an unlikely to return, drew a wad of money from his pocket to give the consultant radiotherapist, asking that it went towards equipment to help others. It wasn't enough to go very far towards buying radiotherapy equipment, but the medical physics dept provided lots of support for radiotheraphy, so the consultant gave the money to us and we used it to buy a circular saw, which became invaluable to make the stuff they needed more efficiently. My colleage cynically murmered that it was probably the only tax the fairgound owner had ever paid, but for me, the excitement was about him being the first person I had heard of who had been cured of cancer. As the years progressed, I heard of many more cases and it's been a pleasure to note that although cancer is still one of the major causes of death, the prognosis for those who acquire it is far better these days than it was when I joined the NHS. Some fifteen years ago, my sweetheart was diagnosed with cervical cancer. It was an anxious time while they operated on her to remove it, taking away her ovaries in the process for fear they too were suceptible to being infected with the disease as well. These days she's back to being like a seventeen year old kid again. The age when she broke free of parental control and intends to relive for the rest of her life. She's the first to get people up dancing at a party and will dance with them as long as they can keep up with her. She wouldn't be doing that if she'd got cervical cancer with complications back in the early 70s when I joined the NHS. I can only offer you my best wishes, @grumpydogwoman and my the wisdom of my experience., which suggests there is less to fear these days than you might be imagining. I offer you my very best wishes all the same.