Monday, May 17, 2010
Cure or Cancer Free?
I hate it when doctors use the word cure when describing cancer. Let's be honest. There is no cure, not for one tiny little variant strain of any cancer. I wish to God there was. I wish all oncologists would be put out of business, but that is not the case.
My friend asked me why it bothered me so much, Here is why: THERE IS NO CURE FOR CANCER. For me, my definition, cure means there is 100% chance that your cancer will not return. No doctor can say that, because, well once again, no cure.
After I argued with my friend, I googled cure for cancer, just to see what I would come up with. Couldn't find anything listed. Now I hoped against all hopes that I was wrong, that I would see something on oncolink or something posted from the New England Journal of Medicine.
I am cancer free, that is what the surgeon told me when he removed the cancerous tumor from my body. If I was cured, then I would have assumed there would have been no need for the months of chemo, radiation and targeted gene therapy afterwards.
But I went through all that, and I still take tamoxifen, and I will until 2012. I still get blood tests and scans, and have appointments, and I still worry a little every time, because I am not cured, but because I am cancer free.
I will advocate, I will blog, I will keep on doing my podcast.
Until there's a cure.
Mel is the producer of The Vic McCarty Show. Listen Live Monday~Friday 10am-noon eastern standard time on wmktthetalkstation.com
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