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  •  The impressive building, the brilliant blue sky, (1+ / 0-)
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    the immaculate green lawn.........Welcome to Caribbean Resorts, your vacation dream spot.  And then a beaning patient.  Look, cancer does get misdiagnosed and some people aren't as sick as they're initially told.  And a few people luck out and go into remission for reasons that may have little or nothing to do with treatment--including misdiagnoses.  But stage 4 IBC correctly diagnosed is a terminal, in the foreseeable future, diagnosis.  It is not much understood, occurs more often in African American women, and is extremely aggressive.  Most of the treatment seems to consist of cutting off body parts trying to get ahead of it.  Too many non specialists, including, sorry to say, primary care docs do not recognize it and blow off the early symptoms.  If you have any smallest inkling, any tiniest doubt, any teeny weeny nagging worry, schedule with a breast care specialist ASAP.  Some breast issues are treated too aggressively, that's a fact, but IBC has to be dealt with summarily.

    And every time I saw that ad with the black women who says she has stage 4 IBC, I felt sick and angry.  Who would take advantage of the hope of someone like that?

    Acceleration is a thrill, but velocity gets you there

    by CarolinNJ on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 05:37:06 PM PST

    •  I will tell one story though... (0+ / 0-)

      I worked as a medical transcriptionist for an oncologist at OHSU about years ago.  The transcription that I took down for him was pretty heartbreaking for the most part, because you would basically listen to the path of the patients as they went from hearing the news, through their treatments, and then finally to hospice or death.  He specialized in the very hard to treat cancer disorders.
      This one patient I was following had been going through treatment for cancer.  I honestly cannot remember what kind of cancer it was, but the doctor I was transcribing for was not pleased with the course of treatment and was not thrilled with the prognosis to the point where he had told his patient to start thinking about wrapping up personal affairs.  This patient decided to go to a place like Lourdes.  I don't think it was Lourdes, (I so wish I had kept a copy of the transcript), but it was a place like it.  The patient did, and came back cancer free.  The doctor could not explain how it happened it in his dictation, but at the end, after going through all his notes, he had a moment of silence, and then said, it was beyond explanation and it was an extraordinary thing. There was no indication that there had ever been cancer.  He was a definite man of science, and he is still a premier oncologist so I can't state his name.  But I remember just getting that feeling as I was typing up his dictation that it was amazing.  I cried.  I am an atheist, and I just wonder how something like this could happen.  He was pretty taken aback.  So miracles, or whatever they are do happen.  I was privileged to be a small tiny part of the audience.

      "Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities."

      by dancerat on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 12:54:55 PM PDT

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