Cancer

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Cancer

by ws1953 on Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:38 PM

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I am a normal human being and mostly an optimist. However; the events of two years have shook my whole personality and I am desperately looking for some answers. My younger brother was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer about two years ago and it is difficult to watch him going down the hill. It has changed my outlook about life.

 

Cancer in most cases is terminal because often it is detected very late. Despite better diagnostic techniques and new improved drugs the statistics of cure for the last twenty five years are not very impressive. New types of cancers are showing up and there is no cure for cancer in most cases. It is difficult to say that we are winning the war on cancer

 

Treatment options are limited. Mostly doctors rely on chemotherapy and radiation. In some cases surgery may be an option with follow up chemo and radiation. Although chemotherapy is designed to treat cancer cells, unfortunately, it often affects parts of body not directly affected by the cancer itself. This is an undesired result and is referred to as a complication of treatment, or aside effect. .


Side effects may be acute (short-term), chronic (long-term), or permanent. Side effects may cause inconvenience, discomfort, serious illness and even death. Additionally, certain side effects may prevent doctors from delivering the prescribed dose of chemotherapy at the specific time and schedule of the treatment plan.

Side effects from chemotherapy can include pain,diarrhea,constipation, mouth sores, hair loss,nausea and vomiting, and blood-relatedside effects. There arediagnosing and monitoring blood-relatedside effects. These may include lowinfection-fightingwhite blood cells count (neutropenia), lowred blood cells count (anemia), and lowplatelets count. The misery of chemo or radiation takes toll on patients but they reluctantly accept the treatment because of limited treatment options. The treatment treats symptoms not the cause (s).

 

There are many complementary and alternative treatments out there but it is difficult for patients to make decision because they don’t have a reliable way to validate the authenticity of the treatment. Some critics say that drug companies are suppressing the treatment to increase their profitability. Some of the reports about FDA, ACS, and NCI

colluding with drug companies are very scary and worrisome if they are true.

 

Why can’t we find a cure? Why don’t we find the cause (s) why don’t we target prevention? Why can’t we do research on alternative and complimentary treatments? Why do we have to put the patients through the misery of chemo or radiation? I would urge my fellow friends to help me understand? What, we as families and friends of patients can do to effectively contribute in research and development of some treatments that will cure cancer without the misery of Chemo and Radiation. How can we create an awareness in general public.

 

I do believe that we have enough scientific knowledge and resources to come with an answer. We landed on moon and mars and can’t find a cure for cancer should not beacceptable. There has to be a way to find a cure today and not tomorrow.

 

 

RE: Cancer

by ws1953 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 03:21 PM

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I would welcome some comments from friends on this website.

RE: Cancer

by lucky2Bhere on Sun Jan 06, 2013 02:21 AM

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Dear ws1953,

My heart breaks for you & your brother. Your statements tho are very negative and hard to answer. It is very important to keep a positive attitude, Very!

I do not believe that the drug companies are keeping cures at bay. I believe great strides are being made in research. Just recently the President signed a bill to allocate more money for the reseach of Pancreatic cancer.  We need to voice the need for more pancan research....... as loud as those for Breast Cancer.

If you read this board very much, you will notice the many stage IV pancan patients that are fighting very bravely and living much longer than the Drs. predicted. Don't give up! Get second opinions if necessary. Ask if he can get into a trial treatment, Think Positive & as my Dr. said "keep praying".

Maybe this is not what you want to hear, I don't know, I know I am grateful for each new day. I hope someone on here can say it better than I can.... just don't give up!

Praying for your brother, you & your family, for healing, peace, & comfort. God Bless.  Candy

RE: Cancer

by ws1953 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 04:54 AM

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On Jan 06, 2013 2:21 AM lucky2Bhere wrote:

Dear ws1953,

My heart breaks for you & your brother. Your statements tho are very negative and hard to answer. It is very important to keep a positive attitude, Very!

I do not believe that the drug companies are keeping cures at bay. I believe great strides are being made in research. Just recently the President signed a bill to allocate more money for the reseach of Pancreatic cancer.  We need to voice the need for more pancan research....... as loud as those for Breast Cancer.

If you read this board very much, you will notice the many stage IV pancan patients that are fighting very bravely and living much longer than the Drs. predicted. Don't give up! Get second opinions if necessary. Ask if he can get into a trial treatment, Think Positive & as my Dr. said "keep praying".

Maybe this is not what you want to hear, I don't know, I know I am grateful for each new day. I hope someone on here can say it better than I can.... just don't give up!

Praying for your brother, you & your family, for healing, peace, & comfort. God Bless.  Candy

I appreciate your comments and thanksd for being soencouraging.

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