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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:So when I came to New York, the first swim coach I met here was Paul. I showed up to a Team New York Aquatics workout as a drop-in and he gave me a very thorough going-over, put me through a hum-dinger of a distance workout, and became one of my favorite coaches very quickly, even if I learned to hate and fear his workouts. He had a wonderful sense of dry, sarcastic, raised-eyebrow humor. He also wore huge, wire nerd glasses that sat off-center.

He's at Columbia Presbyterian starting chemotherapy for Stage VI renal cell carcinoma. I wonder how he got such advanced cancer without it being picked up.

So I'm a pediatrician and I know jack squat about cancer other than that it's bad and urgent and needs to be seen by an oncologist immediately. I seem to remember something from medical about renal cell carcinoma being a "surgical cancer," meaning that it can only be cured if removed surgically. And I know that stage IV means widespread disease. So I guessed that the prognosis was poor.

But, as it happens, one of my very best friends from childhood is an oncologist. So I gave her a call.

And, he has, at best, 2-3 years to live. frown

He's 50.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Wooktastic
BRONZE Member since Jan 2007

Wooktastic

the kicker of elves
Location: Dublin

Total posts: 371
Posted:Dude, that sucks. The only comfort I can offer is sometimes people shock the doctors treating them by living much longer than seems possible. Not common, but it happens, there's hope.

Man is no more than a conduit for excrement to pass through.- daVinci

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:What hope? He might live longer, but he'll still suffer the same slow decline in quality of life.

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Lurch
BRONZE Member since Nov 2003

Lurch

old hand
Location: Oregon

Total posts: 929
Posted:My grandmother was told she would have 6 months max when she was diagnosed, and she lived for another 12 years. Cancer doesn't always mean it's done and over.

Go and see him, even if it's rough and hard on you it will mean a lot to him. I'm sure you know as much, I don't know if he's got a family, or if you're still close or anything, but there is nothing worse than dieing alone.


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Gnor
BRONZE Member since Mar 2003

Gnor

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Perth

Total posts: 5814
Posted:Sounds like a man that has touched many people and had more positive effects in his just on 50 years than many others who have lived longer.
hug


Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

Im in a lonely battle with the world with a fish to match the chip on my shoulder. Gnu in Binnu in a cnu

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Wooktastic
BRONZE Member since Jan 2007

Wooktastic

the kicker of elves
Location: Dublin

Total posts: 371
Posted:True enough, i'm sorry there's nothing i can say.

Man is no more than a conduit for excrement to pass through.- daVinci

Jointly owned by BurdA and Tinypixie

Wielder of the voice of Patrick Stewart

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faith enfire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2006

faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin

Total posts: 3556
Posted:hug

cancer always sucks and my family is all too familiar with such types. It will be hard but quality of life can be pretty decent for much of the time. They are doing great things with medications and treatments. And everyone deals with it differently.


Faith
Nay, whatever comes one hour was sunlit and the most high gods may not make boast of any better thing than to have watched that hour as it passed

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