Saturday, December 31, 2011

Warning Bacon Can Cause Rectal Cancer

There's a website from the States by a group known as the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Wow. How does that grab you?  My most immediate response was..........."only if you eat it."
But, taking the humour out of the equation, leaves us with their information that the average American eats 18 pounds of bacon a year. They also give this rather disconcerting information:
"1.7 ounces of processed meats consumed daily—less than two strips of bacon—can increase a person’s risk for colorectal cancer by 21 percent. No amount of processed meat is considered safe for consumption."
Every year, about 143,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and approximately 53,000 die of it. 
It seems that colorectal cancer is a bigger pain in the ass then I thought.

Click here to view the information at source.

Friday, December 30, 2011

And with that my oncologist said......."Your low blood cell counts are normal...for you."

I sat in front of my oncologist.  He sat quietly, looking at the results of my latest blood test.  I asked if I could see them, and he passed the print out over to me.  My eyes swept down the page, and I felt that sinking feeling.  My lymphocyte and my neutrophil scores were not good.  For that matter, my lymphocyte count was bloody scary.

Lets get it straight. I'm no hemotologist and I don't pretend to have it all together when I read my blood counts.  But, I am curious and I like to know what is happening and I take note of my numbers.

A normal neutrophil count runs  between 1 and 6.  Mine was a little over 2 and even more frightening was my plummeting lymphocyte count. It was hovering a little above zero.  These are big gun blood cells which fight infections and the lymphocyte T cells are little tigers that roam the blood system looking for cancer cells to attack.  Not just that, but when the lymphocyte count hits becomes a tough fight against pneumonia and other infectious enemies. And, I have been noticing that it was getting tougher all the time for me to shake the common cold. 

With that I asked my oncologist..."What can I do to improve these numbers?"  His comment. "Nothing" Blood cell counts go up and down and these are your normals."

My normals be damned.

I was angry and frustrated.  What disturbed me was a friend who recently died of cancer, told me "these are your normals" was a pat line that he was repeatedly given in the last years prior to his death.

I went home and turned on my computer, with the determination that if I wanted to get anywhere in this fight, I would have to take greater personal responsibility.

Three months later my neutrophil count improved by about 20% and had moved into the mid normal range and my lymphocyte count improved by 100% and was nearing the low normal level. I will tell you more this turnabout in a future posting.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Interesting Google Cancer Search Result

Cancer In Canada |
Find Cancer In Canadas at Great Prices.

Thankful for Small Mercies

I stand before the window
Looking out at the day
I didn't sleep well last night
For the pain within my body
For the pain within my heart.

Thank you Lord
For the air in my lungs.
I guess its not much to be thankful for
But at least its something
And I'm still alive.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Question and Answer from the DCA website

Question: I am very excited about DCA and all the preliminary information which has been released so far by the Canadian scientists who made this awesome discovery. Do you know if and when clinical trials are starting? I am stage IV cancer, and I want to sign up for a trial, since so far all the chemos and vaccines they have tried on me continue to fail and my tumors keep growing. (Boston, MA)

Answer posted by “Jay. C.”: We have been in touch with one of the two Canadian discoverers of DCA this week, 2/5/07, (Dr. Archer) and he tells us that Dr. Michelakis (the second discoverer), is preparing to start clinical trials at the Cancer Centre of Northern Alberta. It will be a blind trial, meaning that you will be placed in one of two groups (one of which will get the DCA and the other won't). We haven't been given a specific date of trial start yet, but as soon as we at the DCA site are informed, we'll publish that date and any other information we get from the trial organizers.

To visit the DCA website, please click here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cancer is finally cured in Canada but Big Pharma has no interest, watch ...

Jack Layton. Canada's Newsmaker of the Year Reaches out to People with Cancer

Its little wonder that Jack Layton' death ( Leader of Canada's New Democratic Party) touched Canadian so deeply.  Canadian Press picked him as Canada's Newsmaker of the Year, by a whopping 90%. In some ways he was a reincarnate of the Terry Fox story. Fox, tried to run across Canada on one leg - as his personal mission statement to fight cancer. Jack succumbed to cancer after becoming the first NDP leader to take his party to the official opposition position in Ottawa.  But, the victory was short lived for Jack died a short time later.  And, in his heroic fashion, he didn't publicly tell of the cause of his death, for he didn't want to discourage those who were fighting the same illness.

To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: please don't be discouraged that my own journey hasn't gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope. Treatments and therapies have never been better in the face of this disease. You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, 
and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer...