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(Daily Mail)   Bad: Woman loses her hair due to chemotherapy. Cool: Her husband shaves his head to show his support. FARK: Husband discovers he has a stage III melanoma on his newly shaved scalp   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 91
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2012-10-12 05:17:09 PM  
This EXACT thing (well, Stage II melanoma, but...) happened to my cousin about three years ago. His wife was undergoing chemo for breast cancer so he shaved his head as a show of support. Next day, one of his co-workers said, "Hey, what the hell is that thing on the back of your head?" So he went to a dermatologist and sure as shiat, it was cancer. I guess it's more common than we thought, because we thought that was pretty ridiculous at the time.

/They're both cancer-free and kicking ass these days, incidentally.
//Yeah, yeah, CSB.
 
2012-10-12 05:20:55 PM  

thisiszombocom: mightybaldking: Not actually Ironic.

An amazingly fortunate coincidence, but not actually Ironic.

They also had rain on their wedding day.


Oh man. My co-worker is listening to 90's alternative on Slacker and that song just came on.

Does this mean I'm going to get lucky tonight?!
 
2012-10-12 05:21:27 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: RedPhoenix122: Gig103: kronicfeld: This proves that God has a plan. He had to give the wife cancer so that the husband could find his own. Without God's intervention, this man would have died. Praise and glory be.

I know you're being sarcastic, but it's the sort of comment that I would see on my Facebook NewsFeed with "18 shares" and "35 likes".

In the form of a jpg with white text on a black background and something about "share in the next 15 mins or you will get cancer."


Like this post if you think cancer is bad


Share this if you have every lost anyone you love to cancer.


/I never share it
//even though I lost my Dad to cancer
 
2012-10-12 05:22:20 PM  
A few years ago, I had a really bad haircut from a trainee hairdresser. I went to another place for a remedial trim, which made to look like the oldest skinhead in existence. That evening my wife spotted what looked like a classic melanoma on my scalp. It convinced my dermatologist as well.: he took a biopsy immediately, and the general air of gloom in the surgery suggested, at least to me, that he expected the worst. Fortunately the good people of Yale said it wasn't malignant, but he excised a fair chunk of my scalp as a precaution. Since then, I get a checkup every six months.
I can't help wondering how things would have panned-out if it had been left to its own devices.
 
2012-10-12 05:26:41 PM  

beantowndog: The lesson: women cause cancer




Nope. He got it from reading Mail Online...
 
2012-10-12 05:38:50 PM  

spr: Melanoma is easily cured with Hash Oil. very simple fix. Breast cancer is harder, but also curable, especially if the person *has NOT* ruined their DNA with chemotherapy.

It seems whacky, its not in the mainstream consciousness -- but we're curing people by the thousands, all over the world with this stuff.

http://phoenixtears.ca/


Please die.
 
2012-10-12 05:39:53 PM  
Stage 3 melanoma is no joke. It's VERY serious. Hope it turns out well for this guy. He's certainly got a long road ahead of him, here's hoping it's the "wild type" melanoma gene, which is much more treatable.

/ Dad diagnosed with Stage 3b melanoma two years ago.
// Yervoy is a miracle drug and he is currently in full remission, we're all hoping he stays that way
/// Go to the dermatologist regularly, people. Seriously. Do it. It could well save for your life.
 
2012-10-12 05:41:07 PM  

Tillmaster: A few years ago, I had a really bad haircut from a trainee hairdresser. I went to another place for a remedial trim, which made to look like the oldest skinhead in existence. That evening my wife spotted what looked like a classic melanoma on my scalp. It convinced my dermatologist as well.: he took a biopsy immediately, and the general air of gloom in the surgery suggested, at least to me, that he expected the worst. Fortunately the good people of Yale said it wasn't malignant, but he excised a fair chunk of my scalp as a precaution. Since then, I get a checkup every six months.
I can't help wondering how things would have panned-out if it had been left to its own devices.


Ummm... well, you wouldn't have gotten a scare, wouldn't have had a hunk of scalp removed, you wouldn't have had any hospital bills and you would have been just fine.
 
spr
2012-10-12 05:43:30 PM  
Nope -- worked like a champ for me. Went from Stage III NHL to completely clean, No Evidence of Disease in 4 months.
I took Rituximab (still on maintenance doses), Hash Oil, DiChloroAcetate, and a few other things. No chemo, no tumors, no worries.

Funny strange how that actually makes people angry, instead of happy.  How dare he? :)
 
2012-10-12 05:47:19 PM  

spr: Melanoma is easily cured with Hash Oil. very simple fix. Breast cancer is harder, but also curable, especially if the person *has NOT* ruined their DNA with chemotherapy.

It seems whacky, its not in the mainstream consciousness -- but we're curing people by the thousands, all over the world with this stuff.

http://phoenixtears.ca/


Congratulations! You've been favorited as a Red #2 Level "nut job".
 
spr
2012-10-12 05:52:26 PM  
Certain parts of my family agree. It simply *can't* be possible that there is medicinal value, especially in something studied so intensely.

Link
 
spr
2012-10-12 05:54:00 PM  
Link

Cannabidiol Induces Programmed Cell Death in Breast Cancer Cells by Coordinating the Cross-talk between Apoptosis and Autophagy
Published OnlineFirst May 12, 2011; doi: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-10-1100
Journal of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics July 2011 10; 116
 
2012-10-12 05:55:19 PM  

spr: Certain parts of my family agree.


Tthe parts you cut off with an axe?
 
2012-10-12 06:01:38 PM  
This isn't ironic, this is exactly what you would expect to happen.
 
2012-10-12 06:09:11 PM  

Electromax: Arkanaut: And they both get combs for Christmas.

Ha!


Came for "The Gift of the Magi" references, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-10-12 06:14:31 PM  

Hershey Highway Patrol: I hope he doesn't shave his balls.


Dont knock it till you've tried it.

/has tried it

//feels good man
 
2012-10-12 06:35:35 PM  

spr: Nope -- worked like a champ for me. Went from Stage III NHL to completely clean, No Evidence of Disease in 4 months.
I took Rituximab (still on maintenance doses), Hash Oil, DiChloroAcetate, and a few other things. No chemo, no tumors, no worries.

Funny strange how that actually makes people angry, instead of happy.  How dare he? :)


You're right, it couldn't have been the Rituxan, that would be crazy that a drug specifically designed to treat lymphoma would, you know, treat lymphoma...

/Can't tell if trolling or just retarded
 
2012-10-12 06:45:54 PM  

Morgellons: spr: Nope -- worked like a champ for me. Went from Stage III NHL to completely clean, No Evidence of Disease in 4 months.
I took Rituximab (still on maintenance doses), Hash Oil, DiChloroAcetate, and a few other things. No chemo, no tumors, no worries.

Funny strange how that actually makes people angry, instead of happy.  How dare he? :)

You're right, it couldn't have been the Rituxan, that would be crazy that a drug specifically designed to treat lymphoma would, you know, treat lymphoma...

/Can't tell if trolling or just retarded


No kidding. Rituximab is what cured him, not hash oil. If hash oil was the cure, I would never have gotten NHL in the first place. Rituximab is a mouse antibody that targets the CQ20 receptor on certain types of lymphoma cells (aggressive, b-type). It's pretty amazing stuff, it also helped put a very good friend of mines MS into remission.

Right now I'm getting rituximab once every three weeks along with a few other drugs. The other drugs are the ones that scare me, but better safe than sorry.
 
2012-10-12 06:47:11 PM  

mightybaldking: Not actually Ironic.

An amazingly fortunate coincidence, but not actually Ironic.


A losing battle, my friend, in this place.
 
2012-10-12 06:51:35 PM  

Morgellons: You're right, it couldn't have been the Rituxan, that would be crazy that a drug specifically designed to treat lymphoma would, you know, treat lymphoma...

/Can't tell if trolling or just retarded


Now pay attention, children: Read the username, then read the comment. That there is proper irony.
 
2012-10-12 06:52:27 PM  

spr: Nope -- worked like a champ for me. Went from Stage III NHL to completely clean, No Evidence of Disease in 4 months.
I took Rituximab (still on maintenance doses), Hash Oil, DiChloroAcetate, and a few other things. No chemo, no tumors, no worries.

Funny strange how that actually makes people angry, instead of happy.  How dare he? :)


Not to rain on your wedding day or anything, but you do realize that rituximab is specifically designed to kill non-Hodgkin lymphoma, right? And that the aforementioned studies on cannabinoids while curious, are experimental in vitro cell culture-type things?

What was your specific diagnosis, if you don't mind sharing? That fact that you got rituximab alone suggests that it was a more indolent variety...

/Seriously interested.
//Pathologist
///Best wishes to everyone for a durable recovery
 
spr
2012-10-12 07:02:49 PM  
RItuximab: i'm a big fan. beats the hell out of the alternatives.

So I was recommended Bendamustine (a chemotherapeutic) and Rituxan. I got the 'same' results as the B+R treatment, but without the chemo side effects.
I hope someone else gets the same benefit I did from hearing this. Good luck out there. Science, biatches.

The endocannabinoid system and cancer: therapeutic implication
British Journal of Pharmacology. 2011 August; 163(7): 1447-1463.
Link
"In this regard, cannabis-like compounds offer therapeutic potential for the treatment of breast, prostate and bone cancer in patients."

Pot compound seen as tool against cancer 
Link
 
2012-10-12 07:04:27 PM  

Dylan and Eric:
What was your specific diagnosis, if you don't mind sharing? That fact that you got rituximab alone suggests that it was a more indolent variety...

/Seriously interested.
//Pathologist
///Best wishes to everyone for a durable recovery


Oh? A pathologist? Cool. I have a question for you, something that I've wanted to ask a pathologist for the past couple of weeks. I was diagnosed with large cell, b-type, aggressive NHL after they did exploratory surgery and came out with the primary mass. There is no evidence of secondary tumors and my bone marrow is normal.... so I'm in really good shape. How hard is it to differentiate between a non-aggressive and an aggressive type (or for that matter, any type)?
 
2012-10-12 07:04:40 PM  

mightybaldking: Not actually Ironic.

An amazingly fortunate coincidence, but not actually Ironic.


You're new here, aren't you.
A word of advice: don't click on the "hot" chick links....
 
spr
2012-10-12 07:09:08 PM  
@dylan and eric:

Yes, I'm aware of what Rituxan is. I have friends and family that work in the Oncology research industy (major firm, major scientists, i know, CSB).

Diagnosis: NHL, Stage 3, indolent follicular b-cell, multiple tumors, one large bulky tumor on small intestine. Weight plummeting fast, plenty of pain. Recommendation: Bendamustine, Rituxan, Radiation.

of those, I only took Rituxan, against medical advice. Plus my other protocols: Hash Oil, Turmeric, DiChloroAcetate. Result: 1 month to resolution of all tumors except the big one. 4 months to all clear. 6 months later: weight back to fully normal, no chemo side effects, i'm back to 100% in all respects.

It may be quackery. May be sheer luck. I don't give a rat's ass, it works for thousands of people just like me.
 
2012-10-12 07:20:50 PM  

spr: @dylan and eric:

Yes, I'm aware of what Rituxan is. I have friends and family that work in the Oncology research industy (major firm, major scientists, i know, CSB).

Diagnosis: NHL, Stage 3, indolent follicular b-cell, multiple tumors, one large bulky tumor on small intestine. Weight plummeting fast, plenty of pain. Recommendation: Bendamustine, Rituxan, Radiation.

of those, I only took Rituxan, against medical advice. Plus my other protocols: Hash Oil, Turmeric, DiChloroAcetate. Result: 1 month to resolution of all tumors except the big one. 4 months to all clear. 6 months later: weight back to fully normal, no chemo side effects, i'm back to 100% in all respects.

It may be quackery. May be sheer luck. I don't give a rat's ass, it works for thousands of people just like me.


You're retarded. I'm not using slang. I think you're severely mentally deficient.
/Not joking
//What's wrong with you?!?
 
2012-10-12 07:21:32 PM  

halotosis: Dylan and Eric:
What was your specific diagnosis, if you don't mind sharing? That fact that you got rituximab alone suggests that it was a more indolent variety...

/Seriously interested.
//Pathologist
///Best wishes to everyone for a durable recovery

Oh? A pathologist? Cool. I have a question for you, something that I've wanted to ask a pathologist for the past couple of weeks. I was diagnosed with large cell, b-type, aggressive NHL after they did exploratory surgery and came out with the primary mass. There is no evidence of secondary tumors and my bone marrow is normal.... so I'm in really good shape. How hard is it to differentiate between a non-aggressive and an aggressive type (or for that matter, any type)?


The main division for Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma is into "germinal center" and "activated b-cell" phenotypes. If your oncologist and hematopathologist were any good they've already figured this out and told you about it, but you don't remember because they've buried you in details since your diagnosis :)

If you have a copy of your pathology report, check to see if your tumor was positive for CD10, and/or BCL-6, and/or negative for MUM-1 by immunohistochemistry. CD10+ or BCL-6+ or MUM-1- means germinal center type (more responsive to treatment) and the opposite means activated b-cell type (less responsive). There are additional mutations they can look for that are independently associated with prognosis, which they also should have already looked for by FISH or molecular methods.

If you got the tumor mass by surgery and your marrow is clear, that's really good news! They may want to treat with something like R-CHOP or R-Bendamustine (as previously mentioned by spr) for a while and then followup with a PET scan in 3-6-12 months to see if any positive lymph nodes pop-up eventually, which might not ever happen. I'm not intimately familiar with the stats after treatment to no evidence of disease, but I wouldn't be surprised if the prognosis is *very good* :-)

/None of this is medical advice
//Consult your oncologist, etc.
 
2012-10-12 07:26:40 PM  

MaxxLarge: Wow. Talk about instant Karma. Do something awesome, save your own damn life in the process.


Unlikely. Stage III means it was already found too late.

Lexx: Uh...Stage III melanoma is NOT a great find. 25-60% 5 year survival rate?


Yeah. Anything more than Stage I generally means it's only a question of how long.
 
2012-10-12 07:28:25 PM  
Dylan and Eric:

Totally understand this is not medical advice. :) And yes, I've been buried in data, along with my own research. I like to know EVERYTHING, so my question was really out of curiosity, rather than concern for myself. The pathology of my tumor was done by two pathologists, one at the university hospital here (and they are VERY well respected) and one at the hospital where it was removed. Thanks for the info. :)

And yeah, I'm on a standard RCHOP protocol, half way through. One of the oncologists I saw (at the university) told me to be more afraid of being hit by a bus than dying of this. Then my first day of chemo I meet a nice guy who drives the a city bus also starting treatment for NHL. The prophecy has been laid, this nice old guy is gonna hit me with a bus some day.
 
2012-10-12 07:29:32 PM  
Houston, we have a discovery.
 
2012-10-12 07:31:23 PM  

spr: I only took Rituxan, against medical advice. Plus my other protocols: Hash Oil, Turmeric, DiChloroAcetate. Result: 1 month to resolution of all tumors except the big one. 4 months to all clear. 6 months later: weight back to fully normal, no chemo side effects, i'm back to 100% in all respects.

It may be quackery. May be sheer luck. I don't give a rat's ass, it works for thousands of people just like me.


Whatever works is great, as far as I'm concerned. If given the choice between rituxan and nothing, I'd take the rituxan. If given the choice of rituxan alone or rituxan plus hash oil, I'd take the hash oil cause things would at least be a lot more mellow during treatment...
 
2012-10-12 07:43:53 PM  
Being that I was already more-or-less bald, when my mom lost all her hair due to chemo I told her that was the one
thing I could have no sympathy for.
 
2012-10-12 07:46:18 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: Being that I was already more-or-less bald, when my mom lost all her hair due to chemo I told her that was the one
thing I could have no sympathy for.


Did you both laugh?

*)
 
2012-10-12 07:50:20 PM  
So the lesson here is that we should all shave our heads? I mean, the scalp is what, 3-4% of your skin?

But wait... exposure to sunlight causes melanomas. So the lesson here is grow luxuriant beards and wrap them around our bodies?

Get back to me on this, science.
 
2012-10-12 07:57:46 PM  

semiotix: So the lesson here is that we should all shave our heads? I mean, the scalp is what, 3-4% of your skin?

But wait... exposure to sunlight causes melanomas. So the lesson here is grow luxuriant beards and wrap them around our bodies?

Get back to me on this, science.


Yes, current science recommends ZZ-Top beards for all!

/miss my hair
//was down to the middle of my back
///gave it to charity before it fell out, some kid with cancer can enjoy it
////I'm an angry, scary looking bald dude
 
2012-10-12 08:25:12 PM  

Indubitably: DjangoStonereaver: Being that I was already more-or-less bald, when my mom lost all her hair due to chemo I told her that was the one
thing I could have no sympathy for.

Did you both laugh?

*)


Yup. Still do.
 
2012-10-12 09:07:03 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: Indubitably: DjangoStonereaver: Being that I was already more-or-less bald, when my mom lost all her hair due to chemo I told her that was the one
thing I could have no sympathy for.

Did you both laugh?

*)

Yup. Still do.


*phew*
 
2012-10-12 10:55:15 PM  
Speaking of cancer anyone hear from JWP recently...hope he's doing okay
 
2012-10-13 12:13:32 AM  
I approve of subby's use of the ironic tag.

who woulda thought? It figgers
 
2012-10-13 04:10:52 AM  
"When she shaved her head for chemotherapy, her husband also cut off his hair to show his support.
And thankfully the act resulted in Mr Stringer's melanoma being caught early."


Stage 3 is not early.
 
2012-10-14 01:40:50 PM  

Gawdzila: "When she shaved her head for chemotherapy, her husband also cut off his hair to show his support.
And thankfully the act resulted in Mr Stringer's melanoma being caught early."

Stage 3 is not early.


Not necessarily.

My mother's Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma was caught early (she had been through a medical procedure about 2 months
before her diagnosis, and had it been developed at that any point in that process it would have been caught by the
extensive screening she needed to do for that) but it was already at Stage IV.

Granted, different form of cancer, but the stage number is only a measurement of how widely dispersed the
cancer is in the body, which does not necessarily mean that it is in an advanced stage.
 
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