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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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Men at risk of Prostate Cancer could in future be identified by Gene Tests

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden. Last reply by Patricia Sep 16. 3 Replies

Ex Nature Genetics... Genetic tests could identify men having up to 100 genes that together can raise their risk of prostate cancer sixfold. One per cent of men carry a combination of the genes that…Continue

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Comment by Patricia on July 15, 2014 at 6:26pm

My husband is on 2 fluid meds for just that reason Michael. His fluid build up was in the lungs though & damn near killed him before he finally got his defibrillator/pacemaker. 

Comment by Michael Penn on July 15, 2014 at 6:10pm

My innards create ascites which is a fluid buildup in the abdominal cavity. My doctor calls this the "beginning of congestive heart failure" but I don't see that anybody is doing anything about it. They say if they drain it, it will just come right back.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2014 at 5:28pm

Daniel, are you putting in 70 hour weeks at the hospital? Surely not! With travel time, and the usual everyday chores that need doing, you know you have to monitor your time and set limits on what you do. Oh! Please do take good care of yourself! Your patients will understand, and hopefully the admin. will too. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2014 at 5:21pm

Daniel, sounds as though you have a straight pipe through your intestines, with flowing barium. Do hope the scan clearly reveals all that needs to be seen. 

Your description of the nail trimming machine sounds dreadful. Poor fellow! Hope he is doing better. My podiatrist trims my toenails on nine week intervals, giving me much relief. Wish he could help the man you portrayed. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2014 at 5:13pm

Thinking of you Daniel! Are you having a heat wave? We have, and I am just not able to handle it. That may explain your fatigue. In any even, my thoughts remain with you as the update comes in. 

Comment by booklover on July 15, 2014 at 5:11pm
I have all the gastric issues, but not due to cancer. IBS, neuropathy of the digestive system, GERD. I've had a Nissen Fundoplication, which doesn't even work anymore. Gastro issues are terrible, because they limit your activities. I want to get a part - time job now that my kids are adults, but it would have to be very accommodating. Also, it's embarrassing to have the symptoms. Meds help, but not completely.
Comment by Patricia on July 15, 2014 at 3:22pm

Personally I find heat very wearing Daniel, plus the extra work & longer daylight hours..

The Collagenous Colitis is usually a patchy thing, but in my case it's the whole gut. For some reason, my innards make excess collagen. I'm onto a site now for something different to approach my issue & I'll order on pension day to try out their 100 day money back offer.

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 15, 2014 at 2:22pm

Had my CT scan today.  Now wait a couple of days for results.  It's been on my mind.  I don't have the perspective to know if I am more worn out compared to usual, or just the same.  Feels like more.  Much more.

Joan the gastrointestinal system is a pretty sensitive organ system.  There are many things affect it.  Hormones, emotions, irritants, changes in structure, substances that eat away the lining, nutritional content, physical content....  sometimes it's surprising that we creatures do as well as we do.   A lot of the barium went through me quite fast today, but I imagine there was enough for the scan.

Wis I had some advice on fingernails and toenails.  I knew a man who, out of frustration, used some woodworking power tools to trim his nails.  Unfortunately he did not have protective sensation, and did not have good eye sight and did not have good coordination....  wound up removing more than just toenail.  Had infections leading to bone infection, amputations, and a more disability.  So no power tools, PLEASE!!!   :-)

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2014 at 1:13am

So many of us report the toilet problem, it must be a syndrome. Out of our common experiences we should write a guidebook for newly diagnosed cancer patients. 

My neighbor has cancer as well, diagnosed before mine. She, too, is having problems with her toenails and fingernails. They curl down into the skin, cutting the tissue and hurting. We compare fingernails when we are together. We haven't gone to the trouble of comparing toenails, yet. I'm a little too embarrassed! They are so ugly!. 

Comment by Patricia on July 6, 2014 at 3:40pm

The kitties own the house & everything in it, as well as the computer, so I have no say in the matter.....hahaha!

 

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