Wednesday, November 07, 2007

cancer news

To Avoid the Big C, Stay Small I was active and made a good conscientious effort to take care of my health, but I got cancer. Like most people I enjoyed sweets here and there, but overall I maintained a pretty good diet. Yet, cancer came. There are just so many variables, some known and others not known. There are no absolutes. Nevertheless, I still think these well-known guidelines are, of course, beneficial for general health and well-being. As for lymphoma, I could be wrong but I don't think diet and weight are the greatest risk factors. I know many people with lymphoma, who are far from being overweight. The evidence suggests that for cancer of the colon and prostate, for example, weight and poor diet can be significant risk factors but not so much with lymphoma, I think.


Comment Blogger Candace Kuchinski said...

I agree with Duane, that lymphoma seems to be random. It's an attack on the immune system and could happen to anyone. We are young, healthy, strong individuals getting lymphoma which makes it hard for some people to process. I take a homeopathic view and believe that our immune systems are influenced by our emotional state and when we are divided, struggling emotionally our immune systems are compromised. When we can overcome that which divides us and become emotionally harmonious again, we are much stronger physically. So, I am reflecting on what, personally, would make me more united emotionally.

8:04 PM  
Comment Blogger Christine said...

I agree with both of you guys....Before cancer I ran multiple marathons, biked and drank green tea daily - so what gives?'s a complex combination of emotional health, stress, environmental factors/exposure, familial genes, etc., and the unfortunate and unknown combination of some or all of those factors I think....I had Hodgkin's and my dad had Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and all the doctors have said there is no link, which seems hard to believe. What I believe is that no one truly knows why some people get it and others don't ...All we can do is try our best to care for our bodies,souls, and minds and appreciate all the days in our life that we feel good, right? Some times I think there is just too much info. out watch the news one week they tell us coffee is bad, then the next it helps stave off Alzheimer's?? Go figure...

9:47 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

I agree. My dad had Hodgkin's as well, but like you said Christine, the docs can't establish a definite link.

There's a lot that we know, but so much that we don't.

Thanks you two for commenting!

3:59 PM  
Comment Blogger Kevin said...

Good points Duane, Candace, and Christine. My crude understanding is that while the associations epidemiologists observe between cancer risk factors can have huge effects at the population level (if every stopped doing x or started doing y, cancer rates would drop), but with the exception of a few very strong risk factors (smoking) they say extremely little about individuals (you can not do x and do y and still get cancer).
The myeloma listservs I subscribe to are very much alive with speculation as to "why I got this." But, tellingly, no one ever says "I got this because I've lived a long life" or "I got this because I'm male" or (age and gender being among the few confirmed risk factors for myeloma).
When I find myself wondering "Why me?" I interpret it as a natural human desire to see a causal order in a universe that is largely random. I don't know what other good knowing that my cancer is related to mononucleosis/firefighting/HPV/benzene etc, etc, etc would do me now. I suppose that is why cancer patients and everyone else go to church, meditate, read obsessively about our disease, or blog.

I wonder, is it inspiring, daunting, or neither having a parent who has had the same disease? I remember being a little proud and feeling a certain kinship when my father and I shared the same problem in our knees, but cancer is another ballgame.

4:31 PM  

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