Tuesday, December 13, 2011

In case you thought I was making it up

A new medical study (which of course we needed) has shown that cognitive issues exist after breast cancer treatment. Basically this means my chemo brain is real. Go watch the video here. Some major technological advance (or my chemo brain) has prevented me from embedding it.

It is nice to know its not all in my head that others cope with it as well. I like it when a medical study agrees with my thinking instead of confusing me.


KathieJo said...

I believe it's real... I had it during and post chemo - it lasts for months. Best advice I can give is to be patient with yourself and keep a good sense of humor.

Paul Hartal said...

My wife, Penny, died in 2001 of lung cancer. She did not smoke. Doctors tried to help her but some caused her more harm than good. Medicine calls this phenomenon iatrogenesis. Take, for instance, Penny’s hospital lung specialist who informed her that she had only 6 months to live. This physician ignored completely the scientific fact that body and mind are not severed entities. They interact. The brain can be a healer or a killer. This raises the question whether doctors should tell the truth to their patients? I believe that the answer is yes. Doctors ought to come forward with the truth. But they should tell that the truth is that they don’t have a crystal ball. Unfortunately, doctors often confuse statistical evidence with truth. Yet statistics is as much an art as a science. My favorite book in this regard is Darrell Huff’s How to Lie with Statistics, a best seller since 1954. Also, in the light of recent research findings one of the most important things to bear in mind about cancer concerns the discovery that genes are reprogrammable. Human genetics does not necessarily determine our fate.

Allow me, please, to create here a link and introduce my poem, “Absurd Breast Cancer Prevention”:


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