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During an annual routine physical, Maryann had her first mammography. A small spot was detected in her left breast. A biopsy was performed, and revealed a cancerous tumor. Options for treatment ensued, and surgery to remove the tumor, and chemotherapy were recommended. What is remarkable was that she took this diagnosis and treatment plan in stride and without complaint. Showing not a single sign of fear, and confident of her prognosis, a date was set for the surgery.
As it turns out, Maryann will become a six year Breast Cancer survivor.
Maryann left for work about 6:45a.m., seemingly feeling fine on this cloudy August morning. Her drive to work is about 17 miles. Shortly after 9:00a.m., I received what was to be a fateful phone call. Her co-workers reported a significant change in Maryann's behavior. She apparently became confused and disoriented. The 35 minute drive was nearing the end of rush hour, and took me 20 minutes. When I entered, she appeared without symptoms. But, unlike her, she willingly allowed me to drive her some 25 miles to the ER. This was concerning, but I kept it to myself.
Admittance was fast. She was whisked away for what was her first cat scan. She was gone for about 30 minutes, but it felt like a lifetime. I was numb in thought. When she returned to the ER, the results came within minutes. Maryann had 3 brain tumors, of which the attending physicians and nurses seemed to downplay the seriousness of. A neurosurgeon came in to evaluate. He gave some indication that the metastatic brain cancer would be operable. But on further diagnosis and staff consultations, surgery was not to be. This cancer would be fatal within 81 days!
Please; Whatever you do, see your physician annualy, or more often if needed following whatever cancer you may encounter. To the families of those who go through this disease, urge that your loved ones do not ignore their health.
Cancer is a group of diseases in which cells are aggressive (grow and divide without respect to normal limits), invasive
(invade and destroy adjacent tissues), and/or metastatic (spread to other locations in the body).
These three malignant properties of cancers differentiate them from benign tumors, which are self-limited in their growth and do not invade or metastasize
(although some benign tumor types are capable of becoming malignant).
Cancer may affect people at all ages, even fetuses, but risk for the more common varieties tends to increase with age. Cancer causes about 13% of all deaths.
Apart from people, forms of cancer may affect animals and plants.