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We face the diagnosis and know, it is what it is.  

To the extent that we can, we will define our own course.

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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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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on December 20, 2013 at 4:03pm
Terry how disappointing to think you were being checked but were not. I hope your treatments are effective and not too heinous.

There is a tremendous amount of controversy regarding effectiveness about prostate screening. I think its a good idea annually but to be honest I havent had myself checked since developing cancer because Im not sure I would bother treating a second cancer in myself. I dont know if I could handle it.
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 20, 2013 at 3:11pm

Patricia, do you mean the slightly upturned nose? I must say that I like it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 20, 2013 at 3:10pm

Yes, Joan and Terry, I know any cancer can be horrible if not treated or caught in time.  I didn't mean to mislead anyone into thinking Basal cell or Squamous cell carcinomas couldn't be dangerous.  Just that I caught them early and they were eliminated without much trouble or worry on my part.

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 20, 2013 at 3:01pm

Not many medical doctors get the common cancers I think, because they must surely be testing themselves regularly, considering what they see happening to their patients.

Spud, I have been having basal cell carcinomas removed from my face these last 20 years. Just because they called them rodent tumours for the first ten years I did not know they were bcc cancers but as Joan says, if untreated, they can be horrors.The last one was on my nose, which was awkward to cut out. I now have a slightly upturned nose. A second surgeon who was watching told me that some people come to them wanting the operation to get an upturned nose--and that they get charged up to £10,000 for it. I asked the surgeon who cut the bcc out what would happen if not removed. He said it grows and grows. In a London teaching hospital there is the skull of a 19th century unfortunate man who had much of the bones of his face eaten away--as if by rodents.

Comment by Plinius on December 20, 2013 at 2:37pm

Thanks Patricia! I've read this group for some time now... I am interested in your well being and especially how you cope with what you get. And I admire you for how you cope.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2013 at 2:32pm

Spud, you wrote, "Just the Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinomas. No biggie." They are biggies! You can die from them, just as internal, unseen cancer cells kill. Just think, in your parents' and grandparents' time, many of them suffered from seen and unseen cells that caused them great suffering. Our generation has so many treatment in an attempt to cure, and many more treatments that alleviate suffering.

Your contribution to this discussion is important and necessary for us all to read and understand. 

Now, on to living well!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2013 at 2:00pm

Terry, I could see your declining health and aggressive treatment as you went through cancer fighting processes, and am so happy to see you recover and able to do the things that bring you many pleasures, and enrich and enlighten mine. 

Looking back over the last two days of my declared "victory" over cancer, I realize it is not a permanent thing. Right now, the instruments find no cancer cells in my body. That does not mean I am and always will be free of cancer cells. Each one of us needs diligent watchfulness and needs to have regular testing for cancer. Mine, like Patricia's, were tiny and extremely aggressive. Treating it aggressively was called for, accomplished, tough on me, and endurable with good support. 

Very good health to each and every one of you. My wish for you is to have warm and loving family and friends, well trained and experienced medical teams, and a life full of fun! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 20, 2013 at 9:50am

Terry, my father was a great guy, but was worse than the guy that went for his wife.  Mom tried to get him to get his cholesterol checked, but he wouldn't do it.  

I don't know what else she tried to get him to do, but I don't ever remember him going to a doctor except to get his hip worked-on when he fell and broke it.

He never went to the dentist either.  As his teeth rotted, he pulled them out himself, and I'm sure he never had a PSA test.

Of course he was one that had excellent health most of the time, and lived to be 95.  It helped that he quit what little smoking and drinking he did before his girlfriend would marry him.

But, I agree with you that everyone should have all the tests, no matter how healthy they are.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 20, 2013 at 9:34am

When I was working, I paid a reasonable amount for a PSA test (along with many other tests) every year at the health fair my employer sponsored.  After retiring, all my doctors have included that test along with many others every year without me asking.

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 20, 2013 at 9:32am

I have passed this word on to most males with whom I have got friendly with these last 5 years. Two stories result.

One man got the PSA test done, and at age 69 found he had treatable prostate cancer. 

Another was not interested at all but his wife was. She had listened to me. One day, six months on, the man asked his wife what she would like for a birthday present. She replied: for my present you are to go the doctor and get tested for prostate cancer. He obliged. He was found to have low level prostate cancer, age 59, for which he has been successfully treated. As a further consequence his brother-in-law only a month go, at last got tested, and he had prostate cancer too.

I urge you all--male and female--to go for cancer tests regularly.


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