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barrichello72 17th Nov 2018 06:43

Medical after cancer
i have been diagnosed one week ago with lung cancer that spreaded to my brain as well, although i have been told that i it is treatable with radiotherapy and chemio as i am not experiencing any neurological effectss.
what r the chances of getting ny medical back and resume my flying career once i will come out of this nightmare?
Both easa and faa, or am i bounded to a ground/sim instructor career?

wiggy 17th Nov 2018 08:55

Really sorry to hear your news....I’m sure one of professional medics will be along in a minute but in the meantime, with the really important caveat that every case of cancer is different, I (and I am sure others) can testify it is certainly possible post some cancers to get your medical (EASA in my case) and your career back on track..but as you possibly realise it won’t be a fast fix so be ready for a long haul.

Best wishes.


barrichello72 26th Nov 2018 07:12

Many thanks. Still waiting for the final exams so that they will be able to figure out the proper treatment. The waiting is terrifying but i want to look at it as a learning experience to put things into perspective although for somenone who has been in love with flying since a kid it has been a brutal blunt! I also do not want to make a wrong move that will somehow preclude my career in the future cos i want to think i still have a future! Maybe not flying a shiny jet all over the world but just be in the business and share my experience and knowledge.

Webby737 27th Nov 2018 23:01

Hi Barrichello,
Sorry to hear about this, it's not fun !
I was in your situation a couple of weeks ago. I've been diagnosed with rectal cancer and am now 3 weeks into a 5 week course of chemo and radiotherapy.
There is no doubt that the tests and waiting are the worst part, the good news is that its mentally easier to deal with once you know exactly what you're dealing with you have a treatment plan in place.
I'm not a pilot (I'm an engineer) so I'm not really qualified to answer your question concerning your medical, although I do know that it not because you've had cancer that you will be considered unfit to fly. Your ability to pass the medical will depend upon the long term side effects caused by your treatments and/or operations.
Once you get your diagnosis speak to your specialist about your options and any long term health effects they may have.
Certainly as Wiggly has mentioned there are plenty of guys flying around post cancer so don't give up !

Kind Regards


Council Van 5th Dec 2018 16:10

Forget your medical for the time being, it is the least of your worries, concentrate on staying alive, on beating cancer. You are in for some tough times ahead, some ups and some downs.

​​​​​​You mention making a wrong move! Staying alive is all that matters, let the doctors do their job, they knows what they are doing. Don't let worrying about your medical prevent them doing their job in the way that will give you the best outcome regarding survival. Stay alive, then worry about your class one.

Believe that you will recover, believe that you will fly again but leave worrying about your class one till you have won your battles with cancer.

​​​​​​Who am I to talk.

Diagnosed with Accute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on 4th June, 95 nights in hospital on and off since then Bone Marrow transplant 35 days ago today, nearly died 4 weeks ago this Friday from post transplant sepsis and uncontrollable low blood pressure, thought the recovery was going well but now have graft versus host disease in which my donor cells are attacking my organs, in my case my skin.

Cancer, a trip that makes any roler coster seem like a smooth ride.

Best of luck, if the doctors say you will recover then crack on with recovering...

If I don't get my class one back then WTF am I going to do, who knows?

Kind regards

Russ Butler

Former B757 SFO until my medical was suspended.

Just out of interest were you a smoker?

barrichello72 6th Dec 2018 14:15

Hi, sorry to hear that as well!
I have never smoked a cigarette in my whole life and up to two days before a collapsed i was running 8km a day like 5 times a week. I do not drink alcohol either and i was actually in the best shape of my life - at least i thought!.
i am just eager for the treatment to start asap so that i have a clear path ahead of me and as u mention fight this thing without letting it dictate who i am, with or without my uniform!
i am a firm believer that we can turn the worst things in learning experiences!

From the bottom of my heart to a fellow human being let us not this get the best out of us/anyone!!!!!!!!

happy landings!!!!

wiggy 6th Dec 2018 15:48

Firstly good luck..it’s a tough road but the medics can work wonders these days...the trick is to stay positive but I do appreciate sometimes that’s a hard ask...

I have never smoked a cigarette in my whole life and up to two days before a collapsed i was running 8km a day like 5 times a week. I do not drink alcohol either and i was actually in the best shape of my life - at least i thought!.
FWIW I was a no smoking weekend road cyclist who tried to eat properly but drank a bit on occasions when I got clobbered with colorectal cancer...By luck my radio therapy was done at a national centre of excellence and I was able to talk to one of the consultants at length about lifestyle issues. His advice was that some current research is showing that whilst life style is obviously a major factor in determining one’s risk to certain cancers the bad news was an awful lot was down to genetics and dare I say it randomness. He did however say that being vaguely fit did improve your chances of comimg through treatment, especially major surgery, successfully.

Council Van 6th Dec 2018 16:10

I asked about the smoking as I am aware of a youngish lady from near me, late 20's, who has lung cancer and never been a smoker, it appears to becoming more common among non smokers.

At some stage try and find another pilot who has had a similar condition and returned to flying, I know of some one who had Leukemia he is willing to offer me advice in tackling the CAA and it is always an advantage if you can point towards some one else and say if he has his medical why don't you give me my medical back.

Best of luck, BELIVE in yourself. You sound as if you were in good general health, that will help. I was often told by the doctors your are in good condition it will help you.

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