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(XKCD)   Check out xkcd author Randall Munroe's tribute to his wife. She's still kicking and still doing science two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer   (xkcd.com) divider line 110
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2012-12-01 12:36:21 PM
xkcd is not-funny, and his wife should have died because of it.

//just kidding. I'm really a huge fan.
 
2012-12-01 12:36:40 PM
Awesome. I heart xkcd.
 
2012-12-01 12:36:58 PM
God, that brings back memories, the wife and I did that dance for almost 11 years. I hope there is a better outcome for them,
 
2012-12-01 12:37:07 PM
I thought the tree was a mushroom cloud.

Which would have made this sweet AND awesome.
 
2012-12-01 12:39:26 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: I thought the tree was a mushroom cloud.

Which would have made this sweet AND awesome.


I've read through that comic 4 times before now and never realized that it wasn't a mushroom cloud.
 
2012-12-01 12:39:56 PM
Dusty in here, eh?
 
2012-12-01 12:40:02 PM
"then I dominated"

nice
 
2012-12-01 12:40:03 PM
FARK CANCER
 
2012-12-01 12:40:10 PM
The alternate text on the image is great, too.
 
2012-12-01 12:40:40 PM
My mom just got diagnosed and she turns 70 in a couple of days. She still has a lot of fight left and we are ready to do what we can.
 
2012-12-01 12:43:37 PM
I bet she'll nip cancer right in the bud, eh?


//Horrible pun of the day, accomplished. You're welcome world
 
2012-12-01 12:43:43 PM
FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.
 
2012-12-01 12:43:57 PM
Awseome, nice Portal reference too.
 
2012-12-01 12:44:33 PM

JonZoidberg: My mom just got diagnosed and she turns 70 in a couple of days. She still has a lot of fight left and we are ready to do what we can.


I wish her the best of luck. My grandmother is dealing with cervical cancer now and it is god damn heart breaking. Cancer is the worst thing EVER
 
2012-12-01 12:45:13 PM
Lols at GLaDOS reference.
 
2012-12-01 12:48:34 PM

Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.


The idea that any company that would sit on something that would make them a TON of cash is silly. The idea that there will ever be a singe cure for cancer is just, stupid. Each form of cancer is a separate disease. Many are related, but there would need to be dozens of cures for humanity to be rid of this curse.
 
2012-12-01 12:49:17 PM
AW.
 
2012-12-01 12:50:00 PM
Good thing nobody has made dancing with your tits popular.
 
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2012-12-01 12:51:08 PM
God dammit, who turned on the dust machine?
 
2012-12-01 12:51:11 PM

andersoncouncil42: Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.

The idea that any company that would sit on something that would make them a TON of cash is silly. The idea that there will ever be a singe cure for cancer is just, stupid. Each form of cancer is a separate disease. Many are related, but there would need to be dozens of cures for humanity to be rid of this curse.


This x10^12
 
2012-12-01 12:51:41 PM
God damn. I think I've got the 'beetus after reading that.

/Mom dodged the C-bullet a couple of months ago.
//Didn't tell anyone until after the biopsy came back negative. Faaaaaaaaaaaark my life.
 
2012-12-01 12:51:50 PM

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: Dusty in here, eh?


God damn it.
 
2012-12-01 12:52:12 PM
My feels.
 
2012-12-01 12:52:24 PM
Got a bit dusty for me too.

/not as much as when I read the "spirit" one (695)
//hopes for many many more biopsiversaries
 
2012-12-01 12:54:26 PM

Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.


They totally are. I've conducted an experiment of coating chicken wire with cancer cell cultures and it didn't melt it even a bit. The truth is out there...
 
2012-12-01 12:54:37 PM

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: Dusty in here, eh?


Yeah kinda. Lost a good friend here at home two months ago.

Too soon.
 
2012-12-01 12:55:23 PM

reklamfox: FARK CANCER


Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.


These.
 
2012-12-01 01:01:01 PM

andersoncouncil42: Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.

The idea that any company that would sit on something that would make them a TON of cash is silly. The idea that there will ever be a singe cure for cancer is just, stupid. Each form of cancer is a separate disease. Many are related, but there would need to be dozens of cures for humanity to be rid of this curse.


I used to think they probably had something hidden away because "omg if we cure X we'll be out of business in three years!" but then I remembered that they can't see past next month's sale report.
 
2012-12-01 01:06:13 PM
Ooh ooh she do science. Me talk pretty too.
 
2012-12-01 01:06:41 PM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: God damn. I think I've got the 'beetus after reading that.

/Mom dodged the C-bullet a couple of months ago.
//Didn't tell anyone until after the biopsy came back negative. Faaaaaaaaaaaark my life.


So ... you're upset because your mom *doesn't* have cancer? That's pretty farked up. 

I hope I'm misunderstanding that.
 
2012-12-01 01:08:01 PM

Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.


I really doubt anyone has a cure since there are so many different ways cells can "break" and go into uncontrolled division. Some chemo drugs target rapidly dividing cells, but while they get the cancer, they get skin and blood producing cells too. It's pretty difficult to find something unique enough to use as a target when those cancer cells are almost just like your other cells.

If a cure was found, it'd probably be for a particular type of cancer, and then maybe only applicable to a subset of the population.
 
2012-12-01 01:08:47 PM

reklamfox: JonZoidberg: My mom just got diagnosed and she turns 70 in a couple of days. She still has a lot of fight left and we are ready to do what we can.

I wish her the best of luck. My grandmother is dealing with cervical cancer now and it is god damn heart breaking. Cancer is the worst thing EVER


Thanks, but she was very lucky. She was going in for GI surgery and the imaging they did to prepare found the tiny tumor in her breast. It was a month or so after this year's mammogram.
 
2012-12-01 01:08:50 PM
I like the second to last panel where the world ends in a nuclear holocaust.

I wish XKCD would end in a nuclear holocaust.

Or just...at all.
 
2012-12-01 01:09:49 PM

whither_apophis: andersoncouncil42: Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.

The idea that any company that would sit on something that would make them a TON of cash is silly. The idea that there will ever be a singe cure for cancer is just, stupid. Each form of cancer is a separate disease. Many are related, but there would need to be dozens of cures for humanity to be rid of this curse.

I used to think they probably had something hidden away because "omg if we cure X we'll be out of business in three years!" but then I remembered that they can't see past next month's sale report.


Yeah, it's going to be a breakthrough in personalized medicine that makes the big difference. Sooner rather than later, I hope.
 
2012-12-01 01:11:22 PM
first panel - NSFW
 
2012-12-01 01:11:25 PM

Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.


There is no hell. If they're to be punished, it's up to us.
 
2012-12-01 01:11:30 PM

JonZoidberg: reklamfox: JonZoidberg: My mom just got diagnosed and she turns 70 in a couple of days. She still has a lot of fight left and we are ready to do what we can.

I wish her the best of luck. My grandmother is dealing with cervical cancer now and it is god damn heart breaking. Cancer is the worst thing EVER

Thanks, but she was very lucky. She was going in for GI surgery and the imaging they did to prepare found the tiny tumor in her breast. It was a month or so after this year's mammogram.


At least they caught it early. Best of luck!
 
2012-12-01 01:12:37 PM
Just got a negative biopsy out of my gut after the 4th EGD in two years (first 3 were not positive but not normal). Saw this when it ran and just... damn.
 
2012-12-01 01:15:01 PM

reklamfox: JonZoidberg: My mom just got diagnosed and she turns 70 in a couple of days. She still has a lot of fight left and we are ready to do what we can.

I wish her the best of luck. My grandmother is dealing with cervical cancer now and it is god damn heart breaking. Cancer is the worst thing EVER


My thoughts go out to you and your grandmother. I lost mine to cervical cancer on Feb. 24th after a three year battle. She was diagnosed at stage 4 and told she had six months. She fought like hell right to the end.
 
2012-12-01 01:18:05 PM
It is waaay too early for me to have read that.
 
2012-12-01 01:19:54 PM

andersoncouncil42: Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.

The idea that any company that would sit on something that would make them a TON of cash is silly. The idea that there will ever be a singe cure for cancer is just, stupid. Each form of cancer is a separate disease. Many are related, but there would need to be dozens of cures for humanity to be rid of this curse.


Well, the only cause of cervical cancer is HPV and they came out a vaccine for most forms of HPV. Nobody sat on that. There are other groups that research cancer other than just pharamceutical companies.

On the other hand I did once see stuff about how it was discovered that some drug made for something else might also have cancer fighting properties. Since the drug was so simple it couldn't be patented pharmaceutical companies weren't interested in putting in the money to get it approved for cancer treatment by the FDA.
 
2012-12-01 01:23:11 PM
I see that goatkcd has already posted their version of the comic as well...
 
2012-12-01 01:23:34 PM

Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.


No one is "sitting on a cure." There is no cure. Go read up on cancer....it is a time bomb built into the reproduction of human cells.

Celebrate survival.

/that is all
 
2012-12-01 01:24:58 PM
Has anyone said FARK CANCER yet?

/Lost a friend on Tuesday to brain *and* lung cancers
 
2012-12-01 01:25:07 PM

Dwedit: I see that goatkcd has already posted their version of the comic as well...


"Hey, that couldn't be what I think it is..."

*click*

:/
 
2012-12-01 01:28:14 PM
XKCD has been hitting it out of the park lately. I loved this one, too. It's compassionate without descending into maudlin (or at least recognizes when it does). Which makes it more powerful.

Also, My endocrinologist told me to GTFO for another year so I'm pretty damn happy as well, for me and for Munroe's wife, even if my cancer was massively less dangerous than hers.
 
2012-12-01 01:28:25 PM

Dwedit: I see that goatkcd has already posted their version of the comic as well...


Why did you have to make me aware that that existed?! I was so happy not knowing.
 
2012-12-01 01:28:43 PM

spidermilk: Since the drug was so simple it couldn't be patented pharmaceutical companies weren't interested in putting in the money to get it approved for cancer treatment by the FDA.


This. My cardiologist told me once that magnesium in the right dosages/formula has the potential to be a cheap, effective arrythmia treatment/controller, but Big Pharm saw the cheap part and only one study has been done on it so far.
 
2012-12-01 01:28:57 PM
I found this difficult to masturbate to.

Dwedit: I see that goatkcd has already posted their version of the comic as well...


Meanwhile this one...

/rule 34 man, god damned rule 34
 
2012-12-01 01:29:16 PM

radarlove: I like the second to last panel where the world ends in a nuclear holocaust.

I wish XKCD would end in a nuclear holocaust.

Or just...at all.


Because you keep looking at it, even though you don't like it? There's probably another way you could avoid it. Hmm, I wonder what that might entail.

I'm stumped.
 
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