RadiationTherapy: A Life Worth Living
It seems so somebody-else-but-not-me.
And yet.. you’re the one in the back-flapper gown.
Crappy, expensive, uncomfortable, inconvenient, and, potentially deadly, cancer is just a THING now. It CAN take you down but, mostly, it’s a bunch of medicine that you’re not gonna like; you’ll still get to see your grandkids.
At least I hope so.
The five year survival rate shows that the Odds are now with you for most cancers.
This jibes with my own experience. MISTER ScienceAintSoBad knows several people – quite a few, actually – who have had cancer. One of them succumbed (too early) at ninety. The others? All here. All fine.
My sister’s husband, R – a fine dad and an unbelievable grandad – had a nasty oral cancer.
Things looked bad.
But R went to Israel and took advantage of some experimental stuff.
I don’t want to minimize it. It was rough.
But the cancer’s long gone and R’s doing great.
His taste buds and salivary glands, however, are good and fried. He REMEMBERS what it’s like to enjoy food.
That’s about it.
It’s a side-effect of the radiation.
Getting rid of cancer’s good. Reducing collateral damage is better.
New, more refined techniques, such as IMRT , which splits the high energy beam into hundreds of much smaller beams for finer control, and the Gamma Knife. which can even adjust to movements such as respiration or a beating heart are aimed at reducing the side effects of cancer survivors.
The newest weapons are a recognition that quality of life matters.