Letters from CURE readers.
Thank you so much for the article about the late effects of radiation therapy for cancer ("The Cost of Living"). I received 35 treatments of high-dose radiation 20 years ago for breast cancer and have not had a good quality of life since. I have suffered for years with the “constellation of disorders” mentioned, to the point that I can no longer drive a car and must use a wheelchair most of the time. During these years, the medical profession did not acknowledge or validate that the source of my conditions was from the radiation. Thank you for bringing this to the attention of everyone today. It truly is “about time” that those of us who have had poor quality of life since high-dose radiation are now validated.
I am a three-year lung cancer survivor with ups and downs, moves forward and setbacks, but though it all CURE magazine has given me hope and fight! What a truly wonderful service you give to all of us who need to pick up a magazine and read positive news, inspiring stories and success stories. In the world of the cancer patient, there is too much written about dire statistics and sad outcomes, and we, being only human and curious, find our way to these websites and magazines only to be even more scared and depressed than before we went on the great search for some positive news in our ugly world. CURE gives us hope when hope is sometimes the only thing that makes us survive. I know I can go to any issue and always find an article or news bit that reassures me and makes me believe in tomorrows again. Thank you, CURE, for “feel-good” stories, positive news and informative articles that can enlighten us without scaring us. You are truly a gift!
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Just received my Winter 2010 issue of CURE, which also had a supplement. The supplement was named Progress & Promise In Breast Cancer 2010. After reading the whole issue, I have one comment to make. Were you aware that men get breast cancer? There is not a single mention of this fact in this supplement. I do have stage 4 breast cancer, and last time I checked, I was a man. Please mention that men get it, too.
I lost my husband three years ago today to stage 4 lung cancer. The article about the CT scans for earlier detection of lung cancer made me angry (Good News to Catch a Bad Disease). I’m not angry about the article but the lack of questions that doctors ask. I wish that doctors would talk to the spouses. […] Why don’t doctors talk to the spouse to learn more? Why can’t the spouse get counseling as well? Not one doctor ever suggested where I could go for grief counseling. Lung cancer specialists could learn more if they would just listen and ask questions. This magazine is a wonderful research tool, and my hope is that more patients can get early screening and nip the cancer in the bud before it explodes into something larger.
Carol A. DeJacimo
Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
Received my newest edition and was surprised and disappointed that there was no mention of cervical cancer given that January is Cervical Cancer [Awareness] Month. Also, the small insert was all about breast cancer. I work with gynecological cancers and given that cervical is mainly the problem that arises from HPV and that there is not enough out there for women to understand that just about every man is a carrier of this virus, you would think this problem should be more on the forefront than say, nipple restoration or salvaging. The women of teal definitely need a voice. I thought that would be you. Less talk about the Ta Tas and more on the Honey Pot!
Carmi Fazio, RN
In response to Ann Mayle’s letter to the editor: I, too, had the Oncotype DX testing four years ago. My doctor suggested it and is always on top of things in the cancer world. The lab that did the testing went out of their way to make sure insurance covered it and offered financial assistance, not to mention the results came back in very timely manner. I am very fortunate to have Dr. Hargis of the Kentucky Cancer Center and appreciative for the lab technicians and their assistance. CURE has mentioned it in previous issues, and the book is also on top of things in the cancer world! It sure brings up-to-date technology to help us find that cure! Thanks for a great publication!