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Transmissible Cancer

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by theburningmonk Apr 10. 1 Reply

Leukemia spreads in the ocean among soft-shell clams. This is the fourth example of natural cancer transmission in animals.…Continue

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Comment by Patricia on January 1, 2015 at 1:54pm

Thoughts are right there with you Daniel!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2015 at 12:23pm

I join the crowd cheering you on Daniel. January, with cataract surgery, CT scan and meeting your new oncologist, keeps you busy. New trees arriving in February sounds like fun, at last. 

Comment by Plinius on January 1, 2015 at 11:43am

I'm rooting for you, Daniel - but you knew that!

Comment by Daniel W on January 1, 2015 at 10:39am

CT Scan is Tuesday the 13th.  Result prob back on Thurs 15th.  I meet my new oncologist then.  The encouraging parts, no unexplained weight loss.  I've pondered on the pleuritic pains I feel.  Pleuritic pains happen with taking a breath.   They seem to have gone away.  Things otherwise are pretty status quo.  If there is recurrence, which statistically is about 50:50 chance right now, there are other medication options.  Gleevec seems to be the least taxing on the system, so I don't want to project ahead too much.

Monday I have cataract surgery.  That will be a good thing to concentrate on.  It will feel really good to be able to see without all of the blurriness. 

February I should get some new fruit trees in the mail. 

Not such an active group these days.  That's really a good thing.  I hope it means everyone is doing very well!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 3, 2014 at 8:31am

Thanks Daniel.  Over the years, I've had a total of about 7 Basil and Squamous Cell Carcinomas removed from my hands and face, but have never had any scary Melanomas.

I think you have a good hair cutting plan.  I would do the same, but I'm sure it would itch too much.  

At age 25, I guess my beard would have stopped itching after a while, but as the years go on, hair has bothered me more and more.  

At age 50 or earlier, hair rubbing on my forehead and ears started bothering me.  Felt like torture after a few hours.  A few years later, hair in my ears and nose started causing itching, then my eyebrow hair.  When my ear hair or eyebrow hair grows to 1/16 of an inch, it starts, so I shave my brows once or twice a day, and pull ear hair out about twice a week.  

About 4 times per year, I shave my nose hairs.  I put-up with itching for that long, because my nose runs a lot, and with no hair to hold the liquid, I have to blow my nose unacceptably often.

My skin has always been dry and itchy, but hair anywhere on my head aggravates it.  Not anywhere else on my body, just my head, so I shave my head once or twice a day.

I asked my new dermatologist if there was some way I could get rid of my hair permanently, or a lease lengthen the time between shaves.  He said not with light hair.  Before he came in, his nurse said a laser wouldn't work on light hair, waxing would.  I may try a little waxing some day to see how it works, but I understand it's very painful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 2, 2014 at 11:45pm

I like your hair and beard cutting style. Makes good sense. Thanks for the information about Melanomas, squamous and basal cells.

Comment by Daniel W on December 2, 2014 at 7:12pm
The itching stops after a while. The last time
I shaved was when I went under anesthesia. I thought it was more aseptic for surgery. I view not shaving as more efficient snd environmentaly friendly. Same with haircuts - One set of clippers lasts a decade or more. Using a 1/4 or 1/8 inch guard, I go over face and head once weekly. No trips to barber. It also saves my energy, which is so bad now I dont feel like shaving in the am anyway. And saves money.

Spud the good thing about most skin cancers is once they are gone, they are gone. Melanomas are bad news, but sq cell and basal cell are much less concerning. If they take them off, then they are gone.

Anyway Spud, very glad it's all taken care of.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2014 at 5:03pm

Thanks Joan.  I tried to grow a beard once when I was 25 or so, but gave it up quickly.  It was spotty, but more importantly, it took too much time to keep neat.  More importantly than that, it was itchy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 2, 2014 at 4:59pm

Spud, good news to learn you had the Squamous Cell Carcinoma and those 35 itchy spots and dark growths removed. Have you ever been tempted to grow a beard?

Watching all the permaculture videos, many of the men grow beards. I am becoming quite accustomed to them now. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2014 at 4:59pm

Thanks CLAWS.


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