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Month: August 2018

How and with whom to share your diagnosis [1]

How and with whom to share your diagnosis [1]

At first you may want to tell the whole world about your pain, so that everyone knows what’s happened to you. The exact opposite may also be true – you’re deathly afraid that someone might learn the truth. Both situations, and dozens of other variations of these, are completely normal reactions. These are your feelings, your desires and your understanding of the situation at the time and that’s how it should be. However, you’ll soon realise that it’s best to…

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The cancer patient’s Road to Calvary

The cancer patient’s Road to Calvary

In this chapter I’ll discuss the various stages you’ll encounter over the course of the disease. From my experience I know that the better prepared a person is, the easier it is for him to accept what’s coming, to get past all of the difficult obstacles in his path and to start talking to other people about his experiences. First station – diagnosis Being diagnosed is a shock and also inspires feelings of fear, confusion, disbelief, desperation and hopelessness… In…

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Is it possible to be spontaneously cured of cancer?

Is it possible to be spontaneously cured of cancer?

Tales of a spontaneous cure (accidental, inexplicable, not connected with treatment) are very popular in the oral folklore of patients, when a terminally ill patient, without the aid of any medical professionals, gradually gets better and lives to a ripe old age. How beautiful this would be, if it were only true! It’s not uncommon for a mistaken diagnosis of cancer to be given while looking at symptoms of another illness. Every doctor has also seen a few cases where…

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Other characteristic tumour parameters [2]

Other characteristic tumour parameters [2]

Over the past 20 years our knowledge of the molecular biology of tumours has increased significantly. This has led to the discovery and development of a number of biological or molecular markers, which have allowed us, in practice, to confirm their role in many different tumours. All of these biomarkers can be conditionally divided into two large groups – prognostic or predictive markers. Prognostic markers Prognostic markers are indicators, which allow us to evaluate the potential course and outcome of…

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Other characteristic tumour parameters [1]

Other characteristic tumour parameters [1]

In an earlier blogpost I wrote about how to understand the TNM Classification used in your medical records. Now I’ll familiarise you with other factors that are just as important in determining your treatment strategy and which are important to understand. G or grading Earlier, the phrase tumour differentiation grade was often used. Today, tumour grading is a broader concept, which reflects how much the tissues of the tumour differ from normal tissues of the respective organ. The grade also…

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