If you have cancer.

If you had cancer.

If you know someone with cancer.

If you want to talk about cancer.

We won't pray.  We won't blame gods.  We won't give credit to gods.  

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.

Discussion Forum

what is cancer?

Started by Luara Oct 8. 0 Replies

Here's a good blog on the hallmarks of cancerContinue

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 booklover on November 6, 2013 at 9:36am

Me too Joan! :)

Comment by Sentient Biped 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. 


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

An outstanding teacher and hugger! 

Comment by booklover on October 31, 2013 at 1:20pm

Happy Halloween!

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. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 27, 2013 at 4:15pm

My mom used to make a casserole with sauerkraut, potatoes, and almonds.  It's possible it was intended to contain meat of some sort, but her cholesterol was high and she was not eating meat then.  I should try that.

Now and then I make a vegetarian Ruben.  Basically a Ruben but without the corned beef - rye bread with swiss cheese, sauerkraut, onions, and thousand island dressing;  grill like a grilled cheese. 

Of course, baking or grilling it would kill the beneficial bacteria.

Sometimes I like kimchi, sometimes not.

Maybe I should try making my own!

Not this time, but 10 years or so ago I went to China, Changchun, and the apartment buildings had big crocks of fermenting cabbage on the fire escape landings.  It's a favorite in that area, which is near and similar to Korea.

Comment by Plinius on October 27, 2013 at 2:47pm

Kimchi is great, especially with loads of garlic in it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2013 at 2:15pm

Sauerkraut Boosts Digestion

Sauerkraut contains the probiotics leuconostoc, pediococcus, and lactobacillus. Choose unpasteurized sauerkraut because pasteurization (used to treat most supermarket sauerkraut) kills the helpful bacteria. Sauerkraut -- and the similar but spicy Korean dish kimchi -- is also loaded with vitamins that may help ward off infection.

Source: The Truth About Probiotics and Your Gut

I love sauerkraut! Used to make it in crocks and house smelled like rotting cabbage. Oh! Yum!

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 27, 2013 at 1:21pm

It's interesting to look at articles about cancer rates.

This article states that the rates of cancers, and rates of deaths from cancers, in the US, are declining.   Also here.


DuBois said while the rate of decline is small, it is significant because it has continued to fall each year for the past 10 years of available data.

Between 1999 and 2008, cancer death rates fell by more than 1 percent per year in men and women in every racial and ethnic group except for American Indians/Alaska Natives, among whom rates have held steady."

It depends on the type of cancer.  Some are rising and some are falling.

As for breast cancer, there's this:

Breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. began decreasing in the year 2000, after increasing for the previous two decades. They dropped by 7% from 2002 to 2003 alone. One theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002.

Those numbers don't help much when one already has cancer, except that we don't want others to go through the same ordeals.

As to why Cancer Care Northwest is opening up more cancer centers...  I don't have an answer to that.  WA is a high risk state.  Why is that?  Less Vitamin D?  Hanford?  Or is Cancer Care NW consolidating care, other places closing down?  I don't know. 

The other thing about GMOs, that concerns me - "Roundup ready" GMO crops means the crops are heavily exposed to, and possibly contaminated with, roundup  contamination not only on the food, but also into the groundwater. and here. There is concern that glyphosate (roundup) may impact breast cancer rates.  It's hard to find objective information - naysayers and alarmists predominate.

OK, as you say - on to happier thoughts.  If there is a lull in the rain, I want to measure how much my trees grew this year.   Most planted 2012 but some in 2013.  Organic, GMO-free, weed-killer-free, pesticide-free, compost-fed, mulched and lovingly nurtured. 


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