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Cancer changes lives.

We have to deal with medical profession.

We have to deal with medications.

We have to deal with new discomfort and pain.

We have to create dignity, where there is indignity.

We have to deal with family members, friends, coworkers, and strangers, in a changed way.

We resolve to go forward with strength, resilience, purpose, pride, and integrity.

We define ourselves. Cancer does not define us.

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Metastasis Visualized

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim Jun 27. 3 Replies

This video makes it easier to grasp how metastasis occurs.Continue

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Sean Parker to Donate $250,000,000 to Fight Cancer

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Michael Penn Apr 13. 1 Reply

Billionaire Sean Parker who was the first president of Facebook and a co-founder of Napster will donate $250,000,000 to fund immunotherapy research to fight cancer. This type of therapy fights cancer…Continue

New Hope for Hard-to-Treat Cancers

Started by Qiana-Maieev. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 7. 2 Replies

Ancient Algae Offer New Hope for Hard-to-Treat CancersPosted: 06 Apr 2016 01:57 PM PDTIn one of the oldest life…Continue

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Comment by Michael Penn on July 6, 2014 at 9:42am

We all have them. Mostly I get mine when there is no "edit" listed after I do a post.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on July 6, 2014 at 9:04am

Michael, sorry for the many typos.  I have fat fingers not suited for the keypad on my tablet.  There are fewer typos when I use a keyboard.  For some reason, "s" and "a" get transposed a lot.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 6, 2014 at 8:39am

You are right, Daniel, but your cat is on the keyboard of your laptop again.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on July 5, 2014 at 11:50pm
Joan, thsnks for bringing. up the caregiver side of the equation.

The responsibilities, and the pressures, truly can take a toll. The caregiver, what ever their role, is only humsn. And like all humans, flawed and vulnerable.

But. They have in their hands, the fates snd wrll being of others. It is their responsibility, their duty, to do the best they can. Equally, it is their duty to be caring to those around them, outside of the care setting.

I always try to remember, the people involved in my care are only human, and they are as varied as hunsns anywhere else. I try to thsnk them, to make it rewarding to them. Not all are nice people. Not all are able. But many are both.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2014 at 12:13am

This is off subject of being the one with cancer, but I want to share it with you. My former husband, a dentist, had the task to reconstruct a jaw in which a woman had lost her lower jaw to cancer. The whole jaw was taken out and skin had to be grafted and ready for the reconstruction of the jaw, which was my husband's task. The team of dentists and surgeons had to develop a strategy that was based on war injuries to the face, a very complex task because of the tongue and creation of a new jaw. During one phase they made a latex flap that went from her upper lip and draped over her lower part of her face so that people couldn't see her back bone going into her skull. It was a terrible sight and I saw the photos they used during the planning phase. 

The lower manufactured jaw, with false lower teeth were surgically installed, and then the skin grafts were drawn up over the device to reconstruct the chin. They had to make different grafts to represent the lower lip. 

The whole procedure took a heavy toll on my husband and the others who were involved with the responsibility. It felt to me as though they were trying to make a natural looking face, could not, and their frustration created great problems for the families of the surgical team. To be more blunt, they were trying to play god, couldn't, and frustration turned into physical abuse in our home. 

Comment by Michael Penn on July 4, 2014 at 9:34am

Dr. Meaden. I just wanted to let you know that when I wrote that they told me the Basil cell did not spread, they meant it doesn't spread to other parts of the body. In the area that it is detected in, it can grow and spread a lot if not treated. Thank you for agreeing with me on my opinion of excision being the best form of treatment. I've only had this one incidence of it so far, and that was over 10 years ago.

I do my own excizing if I can, and some say that is foolish. I take care of warts and moles if possible, smothering warts with castor oil, etc. About 2 years ago I had a hard growth on my back that became black and hard like a marble. No pain, but not normal. I went to the doctor for that one and they burned it off in 15 minutes. Charged my insurance over $800 and we still don't know what that one was? My guess is that it was highway robbery!

Comment by James M. Martin on July 4, 2014 at 9:26am

Or squamous.  I think "rodent ulcer" is cute.

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on July 4, 2014 at 9:15am

Ah James, here in England 'rodent ulcer' is a popular non-medical name in fairly general use---meaning that a supposed ulcer is gnawing away at skin and eventually cartilage. But bcc they all are (when not melanoma). 

Comment by James M. Martin on July 4, 2014 at 9:07am

@Dr. Terrence, nice photo except for the nose patch. I look like that two or three times a year -- last time was on my left hand, where they cut out two squamous cell c's, one on my finger and very difficult to remove due to location. Wondering why you refer to basal cell growths as "rodent ulcers"? I have had them on my nose, twice, on the back of my left ear (once, with surgery that included a skin graft to keep the ear from "cauliflowering" when it healed up), several on my forehead, my chin, other places. My dermatologist confirms your story about untreated bcc's. He told me of a patient who came to see him too late: all of an ear and part of her jaw had to be removed. My surgeon is expert at Moh's, which is a less drastic incision: they take a little sliver with the scalpal and put it under a microscope to see if they got all the tentacles. If not, they have to make another pass. I liked my dermatologist until he got religious and started playing Joel Osteen tapes in the operating room. I am afraid to voice my misgivings about this, because he is the only dermatologist on my health care plan, and he is the only one within 170 miles who does Moh's. People with Caucasian skin really suffer if they failed to take care of themselves properly in earlier life. (I was always getting sunburn and we did not know the consequences at the time.) I am curious about that "rodent ulcer" term, though.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on July 4, 2014 at 8:53am
Trixie, that is awesome news!!! I was worrying for you, thsnk you for the update! You mafe it through this stage - that is a huge step! One day at a time, but also take strength in having your eyes on the prise - a life ahead to see your child grow and learn from you, to know your love and be happy. Getting through each step, tells you, you can do it!!!

Terence, Michael - wear your sunblock and hat outside! Now that you have had those, its a good idea to reduce the risk for more!

Joan, you built your family through your wisdom and nurturing. Now that comes full circle, and they help you. It is a beautiful balance.

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