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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 on Tuesday. 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 Michael Penn on July 4, 2014 at 3:17am

About 10 years ago I had a growth suddenly appear behind my left ear about the size of a walnut. Deciding to treat myself, I waited months before going to the doctor, going there because my treatments did not work. The doctor had disbelief in the growth appearing "suddenly" but I pointed out that you would know personally because you bath and wash your hair every day.

Since this was a big problem cosmeticly, the growth was excized and sent to the lab. It came back as Basil Cell cancer and the doctor explained that it does not spread. The question was whether he got it all or not. He then wanted me to go get burned with lasers, etc. by other doctors. I refused, saying we could just "wait and see." My family ws so scared that "I had cancer." I explained that it was minor and they had cut it off.

Today I am informed that excission is no longer used for this type of cancer. I wonder why? This would leave them treating it similar to how I treated myself before I went to the doctor. As you can see, I don't really trust doctors, but I believe excission is the best cure in these type cases.

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on July 4, 2014 at 2:45am

Trixie, I am so glad to hear your good news.

Comment by Patricia on July 4, 2014 at 1:29am

That sounds good Trixie!! Kick it with both feet, & tell it who the boss is!!

Comment by Trixie on July 4, 2014 at 12:53am

All scans, tests, ... blood work came back clear. NO distant metastasis found! Start chemo on July 10th. Lets kick this cancer's butt!

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 3, 2014 at 9:32pm
Trixie, just checking - how are you doing?
Comment by Sentient Biped on July 3, 2014 at 9:31pm
Julie-Anne, welcome to this group as well as to Nexus!
Comment by Sentient Biped on June 28, 2014 at 7:25pm

Trixie, it's hard.  I hope the doctors will start having some better news soon.  I truly feel for you.  

Strength comes from adversity.  Even if you didn't think you were strong before, as time passes, you will find strength you didn't know you had.  Hang in there Trixie!

James, I don't have anemia, but there is profound fatigue.  I am learning to live with it.  Dealing much better now than a year ago.

Comment by James M. Martin on June 28, 2014 at 5:56pm

Mine, Sentient, was haemolytic anemia. They thought I needed blood product so I had about six units over a period of about 10 days. Then, the oncologist checked the chart again and said the blood product was not doing the trick and he knew how to help: steroids. That category of drug works like speed on me. I was staying up till 3 a.m. screwing around on the computer, writing this or that. I could easily get addicted to steroids, but he warned me to start cutting back to half a scored pill, then none. It did the trick, though. I would not wish haemolytic anemia on anyone. You cannot walk one city block and not feel like you are ready for bed. Your whole body is weak.

Comment by Patricia on June 28, 2014 at 5:18pm

Crying is good. I never cried with mine as I think nature was guarding my mind by putting me into frozen emotion syndrome....I'm still there after 9 years. Of course I couldn't handle a lot of detail at the time so I just did as told & went through the process with the idea it wasn't going to win. One thing I did do though.....at diagnosis, I came home a slapped my breast one hell of a wallop for ''betraying'' me.

Ya gotta do what ya gotta do, & cry all you need to. If nothing else it does release some stress. 

Comment by Trixie on June 28, 2014 at 5:05pm

I've been overwhelmed with so many tests and scans.  Wednesday I get my port put in, and Thursday I see my oncologist again.  I hope to find out my chemo schedule then.  I had a bit of a mental breakdown last night.  After my boy went to sleep, I just sat down and watched him and started to cry.  I just feel so overwhelmed and lost.  I wish I had more control.  I wish there was some magic pill to make it all go away...  but, there isn't and the doctors give me no promises.  It seems every time I go to see them, I learn something different (and most often worse).  My prognosis isn't good.  But, I have to try, right?  I just wish I had more strength.

 

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