Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lymphoma days

Recently a few people close to me have been diagnosed with cancer or had it reoccur somewhere else.
Here's some classic phrases I picked up during my treatment:

“You can get busy living or you can get busy dying.”   The Shawshank Redemption.

“It’s not necessarily the bugs on the outside but moreso the bugs on your insides that you have to be wary of.”     Bronwyn, Area Nurse for Northern Sydney Health.

“Normal? Look! There’s no such word.”    Meredith, Registered Nurse 12A RNSH.

The biggest advancements in cancer treatment over the years have been in the drugs to help you cope with the Chemo. These are generally the anti-nausea drugs.
Chemo is a mix of (poisonous) drugs taken over the course of a sitting which usually lasts 6 hours. If you have to get a blood transfusion this takes an extra 2 hours per bag of blood.

The biggest drag with Chemotherapy is that you have to be healthy to have it. Any time you get sick this delays the treatment.

The most dangerous time is when you have no white blood cells in your blood (Neutropenic) You have to be vigilant with Hygiene and avoid mouth ulcers and Hemorrhoids. This is the time that if you pick up swine flu, for example, you would be lucky to survive.

Hodgkins Lymphoma (Haematology) has a very high survival rate and is mostly caught by people over 55yrs old.
Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma is usually Haematology (blood) and Oncology (tissue) and so the survival rate is varied according to the type of cancer.
Through my observations, Breast cancer is the scariest one because it is so deadly and can flare up anywhere in the body. To me it is the uncertainty that is the worst for a patient.

There appears to be a causal link with diet and sugar such as some carbohydrates (biscuits and white bread) with some cancers.
Mushrooms in the diet have been shown to reduce the likelyhood of Breast cancer in women.

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