My big bro Tony is headed up to Woodland this evening for a long weekend with us. His first word was “dights”, baby -electrical-engineer talk for “lights”. My brother had lots of interesting things to tell me as we were growing up, many of which I believed for way too long. One choice memory I have is of him telling me that pulling off the holed-edges of dot matrix printer paper would give me cancer. Hmmph. Why did I have to love office supplies so much?
My cancer, as it turns out, probably is NOT linked to my love affair with paper, pens, pencils and binder clips but we don’t really have any other ideas about its origin. Cancer is not really that random. A lot of minor details have to go wrong in a lot of critical ways to produce such a masterpiece and this one is hard to pin-point. The sarcoma group of cancers are extremely rare and within their small subset of persistent existence they are also quite varied. As such, treatment of such tumors seems to require a multidisciplinary treatment approach which may include chemo, surgery, and adjunctive radiation therapy and chemo (post-op). Right now we are still in the process of working with my first set of doctors to understand what their course of action would entail. I am getting extremely anxious to get the second opinion process going so that we can get this show on the road!
Lots of love, Clare
Scientists Discover Gene That ‘Cancer-proofs’ Naked Mole Rat’s Cells
ScienceDaily (2009-10-27) — Despite a 30-year lifespan that gives ample time for cells to grow cancerous, a small rodent species called a naked mole rat has never been found with tumors of any kind — and now biologists think they know why. … > read full article