Saturday, January 3, 2015
Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today: 0.00 miles; Running Total: 113.00 miles)
Day 176 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.
I spent the day on the couch watching movies and taking naps. I’m so glad this is the last chemo. I really hate the first week after treatment.
Since there isn’t much to talk about in my day (unless you want to hear about my awesome new blanket), I thought I’d answer a question I received a while back.
Someone asked me why do surgery if you’re doing chemotherapy? And why radiation if you’re doing chemotherapy and surgery?
This tells me that there is confusion over the roles of each type of cancer treatment. That confusion is totally understandable. Cancer is a scary topic and no one wants to know the details of treatment unless you have to.
But in an effort to answer the question, here’s my understanding of the role of each cancer treatment.
[Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. My knowledge of cancer is only from my experiences, so don’t take this as medical advice in any way.]
Because the cancer found was already in my lymph nodes my doctors are pursuing what one of them called “aggressive” treatment. The word “aggressive” freaked me out. It still seems bizarre to me that I require cancer treatment at all, let alone the “aggressive” kind.
But “aggressive” makes sense, and here’s why:
Your lymph nodes carry ‘lymph’ throughout your body. These handy little organs helps your body manage fluid.
Think of your hands swelling on a hot day. Your lymph nodes help reduce that swelling.
Since lymph nodes carry cells all over your body, it’s a big deal to find cancer in them because they can carry cancer cells everywhere, too.
This is why I’m receiving all three types of cancer treatment: Chemotherapy, Surgery and Radiation.
Today’s silver lining: Chemotherapy is over.
What’s your silver lining today? I love comments!
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