BillCurry

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Article Talk: One Year of Hair After Cancer
October 09, 2016
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One of the interesting differences between chemo and radiation is that with chemo, you lose all hair (everywhere!) which seems to take some people by surprise that it's not just head hair. With radiation, you lose just the hair in the region that's been irradiated, and the loss may be temporary or permanent. I had salvage radiation to my pelvis for prostate cancer five years, and my pubic hair is still AWOL. Not obvious to a passerby, but in the locker room, you can sure look like a 10-year-old! Here's to a good (if different) head of hair for you! Hug, B

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The Value of a Second Opinion
April 08, 2015
FOUR? Silly, indeed. Keep up the good work -- and kick your cancer's butt! Big hug of support to you, Mary -- B

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PBS and The Emperor of All Maladies
April 07, 2015
Ms. La Tour likes to criticize works of art based on the storyline she *thinks* should be told. "The Fault in Our Stars" doesn't portray the graphic reality of cancer, which, in her view, it should. It's always "the omissions" that, she thinks, are un-omittable. OK, "Romeo and Juliet," the same-same story line as The Fault (young love interrupted by death), doesn't portray the ugliness of suicide and the grief of those left behind. Does that mean it's a bad play? Shame on you, Shakespeare! Now The Emperor similarly doesn't focus on what she thinks it should focus on, what her version of the story would be. I have a suggestion: Instead of picking apart the works of others, she should write the book/movie/TV series ...

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The Value of a Second Opinion
April 07, 2015
I rest my case. It isn't the ordinal *number* of the opinion that counts, it's *who,* as you say, offers the opinion, and that basically comes down to where. My fear is in sanctifying Second Opinions as somehow *better" than first opinions, when the only thing that's true is the order in which we received the opinions. Who and where opinions come from matter more than the order in which they come. Anybody had a cancer-fighting coffee enema from Dr. Gerson lately?

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The Value of a Second Opinion
March 27, 2015
This is a fascinating post, not for what it says but for what it *doesn't* say. Fact: A "second" opinion reflects only the numerical order in which we cancerians get our medical advice. The fact that it's a "second" opinion doesn't ipso facto make it better than a "first" opinion. Getting a first opinion at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and then getting a second opinion at a doc-in-the-box -- well, how much stock would you put in that second opinion? This post is vague on where all the "first" opinions came from, but it seems consistent that all of the "second" opinions came from highly regarded regional cancer research centers where doctors have deep knowledge in their expertise. In other words, if you're going to ...

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