Friend Diagnosed With Bile Duct Cancer

Last week Pattie and I learned a close friend and fellow multiple myeloma survivor’s mother had just been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. My first thoughts were for the family. The daughter is very, very young to even have been diagnosed with myeloma—and she has had a particularly difficult time coping, both physically and emotionally. Having just undergone a successful stem cell transplant, this brave young woman could not have done it without her mother’s help. I can only imagine how difficult it is to then learn your mother,your rock,your care-giver, has herself been diagnosed with cancer. Not just any cancer, bile duct cancer can be deadly if not diagnosed early enough to allow for surgical removal of the cancer, or,better yet,a liver transplant. I’m not sure what her situation or prognosis is at this time. All I know is, as we began to research bile duct cancer, I decided not to reproduce a summary about this type of cancer as I often do. Why? Because it seems to be a cancer of extremes—there can be a high cure rate for some patients—little hope for others. This leads to a complicated prognosis that can’t be generalized. We will keep you updated on this family’s situation in the days to come.

Proof That Sugar Feeds Cancer?

This Swedish study gives amunition to those nutritionists who have always claimed that “sugar feeds cancer.” Although the study data doesn’t go that far, it certainly asserts diabetics are at a much higher risk to get a number of different cancers. Can controlling your blood sugar level help prevent cancer? It can, according to the study:

Why Cancer?

A note about Friday’s post. Pattie and/or I often write about a wide variety of cancer related topics on this site. But it hasn’t been lost on me that most of our regular readers are multiple myeloma patients or family members. I suppose that is understandable. I post about myeloma quite often, since I am myself a survivor. But Pattie is a cervical, uterine and ovarian cancer survivor. My father has prostate cancer. Her mother colon cancer. My mother died of lung cancer. Now back to my point. I find most readers are very specific in their interests. Myeloma, leukemia, liver cancer, whatever. So I risk losing some reader’s interest by writing about such a broad array of cancer related topics. To this I say, tough! We should all be interested in cancer–how to prevent it, identify it, stop it! I believe trends are important. It doesn’t take an accountant or physician to figure out the more common the cancer, the more funding is allocated toward its treatment. Who is going to speak for the “little guy or gal,” Suffering from one of the less common, less glamorous cancers? Doesn’t everyone have a responsibility to try to understand and support our fellow human beings who are forced to deal with cancer everyday? I believe there are far more similarities than differences here. The spouse of a woman diagnosed with lymphoma has a lot in common with the husband of a wife with breast cancer. I think of it as a large, not very exclusive club. Once you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, everything changes. More about those changes, often called the “new normal,” tomorrow.
Feel good, keep smiling and please try and reach out to someone, anyone you know with cancer. We all need your love, prayers and support! Pat and Pattie

More About Cryosurgery

Here are answers to some specific questions about Cryosurgery. Currently, the most common use for cryosurgery is against primary and metastic tumors in the liver. Colon and rectal cancer are often the source of metastic liver tumors. Cryosurgery is used when tumors have spread throughout the liver, making conventional surgery difficult or impossible, or are located in such a way as to make surgery risky. Cryosurgery is often combined with conventional surgery and/or chemotherapy. Cryosurgery is also a primary treatment option for prostate cancer, especially when the cancer is deemed to be slow growing.
We hope you or those you love won’t need cryosurgery anytime soon. But if you/they do, we wish you the best!
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat & Pattie