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Cancer

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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Living interminably with terminal cancer

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 28. 4 Replies

Psychology Today"Extraordinary advances have turned cancer from an apparent death sentence into…Continue

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Transmissible Cancer

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Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2013 at 8:00pm

I kind of thought this already, but it's interesting to watch.  Once the video reaches the ad at the end, nothing more useful is said.

 

I had my oncology appointment this afternoon. My vision is worsening rapidly. The nurse practitioner I saw suspects it's the medication - Gleevec. I don't know what to think about that. Everything has a price or cost, and if blurry vision is a side effect but the medication staves off rapid progression of cancer, it seems obvious to me I should continue.

Spud, in response to your question, I'm on a fairly new medication, Gleevec. It's not the horrendous ordeal of standard chemotherapy. Neither chemotherapy nor radiation therapy do anything to my cancer. The medication is new, developed in the past 15 years, probably only about 10 years of experience with its use. I take it daily. It's not thought to kill cancer cells, just stop them from growing. As of the last scan, there was no visible disease, but given the prognosis, it's believed there are microscopic deposits that don't show up, like dandelion seeds, waiting to grow and spread. There are only 2 medications, and probably both have the same effects.  Stop the medication, and the cancer is expected to grow quickly.

I feel very fortunate - I have a chance to continue in reasonable comfort, and be productive, that others 15 years ago would not have had. If not for this treatment, I might already be dead. The main side effects in my case are fatigue, episodic diarrhea, nausea, and apparently, this blurry vision. The fatigue is variable. I'm especially productive in the am. Afternoons are pretty iffy, especially if I work hard in the am.  Sometimes when it's really bad, I think maybe I should just give up.  But that is not often.  When I am in my little orchard, I feel peaceful and at one with the world.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 7, 2013 at 10:04am

Not saying anyone else on the site complains too much.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 7, 2013 at 10:02am

Sentient, I'm not aware of the full story of your cancer treatments.  If you don't mind, I would especially like to know what's causing your tiredness.

I get the idea you're like my dad in that you don't complain much.

Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2013 at 8:50am
Joan thank you for the update. knowing that you are mending means a great deal.

I have oncology sppointment today. They are pretty dysfunctional here but I have to stay within my health plan. No big surprises expected.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 1:25am

Thank you all so much for your encouragement and support. I had the Herceptin pump this afternoon and went out for Chinese food; I feel wonderful. 

I have 10 more Herceptin pumps, every three weeks, so that means I will be finished in 7.5 months if all goes well. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 6, 2013 at 5:00pm

Wonderful news indeed Joan.

Comment by Daniel W on November 6, 2013 at 7:44am
I senond what Chris said!
Comment by Plinius on November 6, 2013 at 4:41am

Wonderful news, Joan! Enjoy yourself!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2013 at 11:34pm

Another cancer participant observer report: My underarm tissues heal nicely with only about a one inch square patch left to rebuild new skin. That pain and itching virtually is over. My gastric system is back to normal with great appetite for all things delicious. I have another Herceptin pump tomorrow and that takes only about 30 minutes with absolutely no pain or aftereffects.  Herceptin pump continues for several more months every three weeks. It is a chance to see all those lovely people at Cancer Care Northwest. My fingernails and toe nails continue to have zebra strips across them that are growing out and deep ridges that run the length of my nails and they, too, are growing out. 

I am still weary and enjoying it because the snows came and I am snuggled in my bell, Kindle books and blanket and lots of opinions to share. Could not be happier. 

SARITHA C. THUMMA, MD

Medical Oncologist and Hematologist
St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, India 
Medical College of Wisconsin (Internal Medicine) 

An outstanding teacher and hugger! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2013 at 12:19am

Daniel, thanks for this informative article on cancer rates and deaths due to cancer rates going down. That is very refreshing news for me. I am reposting it on Twitter. 

Sauerkraut and potatoes make a wonderful dish and I bet the almonds make it even more special. 

Another mix is sauerkraut and tangy apples. 

 

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