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Article Talk: MSI-H Status: What You Need to Know
February 06, 2018
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Article Talk: Redefining Cancer: "Cure"
January 10, 2018
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Article Talk: Cancer, Redefined: Survivor
December 13, 2017
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Article Talk: Cancer Side Effects That Nobody Discusses
October 18, 2017
Neuropathy is my worst chemo side effect. I hadn't heard the balance thing before but I have noticed that if I close my eyes sometimes I start to lose it. I had attributed to poor nerve feedback from my feet and lower legs but maybe it's more than that.

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Article Talk: Cancer Survivor Takes On the 'Inconsiderate' Health Care System in New Book
March 16, 2017
I gotta say that's contrary to my experiences with the Cleveland Clinic.

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Article Talk: New to Cancer? Me too. Everyday.
February 07, 2017
"We are star stuff" - Carl Sagan

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Article Talk: Cancer and Coming to Terms With Some "Last Things" You'll Ever Have
January 14, 2017
That's a pretty good essay. Carpe Diem but be cool about it.

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Article Talk: Rise Up: 4 Life Lessons From a Cancer Survivor
August 27, 2016
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Article Talk: One Million Strong
February 19, 2018
I've never understood the "battle/fight" approach that cancer patients often express. But it isn't often used with other diseases. You have no leverage to fight. You just select the treatment you agree to and wait. Also, why attribute a medical success to a god when it was your medical team and technology that deserve the credit? So did god abandon the folks that don't make it?

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Article Talk: MSI-H Status: What You Need to Know
February 06, 2018
Your posting system seems messed up and confusing. That's why I left an empty post above. Anyway, I wanted to ask what the following from article meant: "We have known for some time that the behavior of MSI-H CRC is different from so-called Microsatellite Stable (MSS, or non-MSI-H) CRC. Generally, they are associated with a better prognosis, although this is not universal." Which group is the term "they" in the second sentence referring to? MSI-H or MSS? I assume it refers to MSI-H but I can't be certain.

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Article Talk: Cancer, Redefined: Survivor
December 13, 2017
This interface is weird and incomprehensible on the first posting so my first post above is empty and apparently not deletable. Anyway, very well written article, Doc. I look forward to your next one on the meaning of the word "cure".

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Article Talk: When Does the Fear End After Breast Cancer?
October 06, 2016
I think the recurrence fear is just one of my new companions for life. It will always be there. I'm just always learning how to deal with my new "friend". He is, after all, a mixed blessing. One, I'm alive to experience his/her companionship. Two, he/she keeps me following a healthy protocol (within limits). Three, I remember to appreciate the little things that can be quickly taken away.

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Living Well Now
April 14, 2016
I like your articles. Thank you.

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Living As If: Life Without Cancer
March 07, 2016
Interesting article. I recently went to a cancer survivors group where people tell their stories and talk about their angst or whatever is on their mind. It was my first, and probably last, attendance. I hope I don't ever feel the need to share because of a recurrence down the road but I was not the least bit interested in rehashing my experiences. I think it's great to have things like that available but I didn't want to crawl inside the "survivor" box even if it's an appropriate label. I didn't see the point. Making it a routine, to me, would make my condition too defining of who I am and only serve to direct my focus back to illness.

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Shoot for the Moon: Joe Biden Launches a New Cancer Fight
February 11, 2016
Good point about the shortcomings of the "war" theme. Better to regard it as a new moon mission.

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Women Experience Long-Term Neuropathy After Chemotherapy, Leading to Falls
January 15, 2016
As a man with CIPN I can attest to its deleterious effects like increased risk for falls, changed gait, etc. It can even affect driving because the sensory feedback from the foot on a gas or brake pedal is impaired.

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December 17, 2015
Maybe even worse is the scan that comes back with something new but non-specific, a mystery requiring further investigation. What will the next test reveal? What is happening during the wait for the scan that has been moved up by 3 months but is still 3 months away?

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Medical Marijuana: Smoking Out the Evidence
August 28, 2015
This lack of research or more exactly the lack of "permission" to conduct studies results from an overreaching federal government that believes it has the right to determine what its subjects can and cannot ingest into their own bodies.

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Scoping Out Colon Cancer
August 26, 2015
It's important that the doctor scopes all the way to the beginning of the large intestine. 8 years ago I was diagnosed with stage 1 colon cancer which they found way up next to my appendix. If the doctor wasn't so thorough I'm afraid that it may have been missed.

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