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Cancer, By Any Other Name, Is Still Cancer

It has a name.  Apparently, they referred to 'it' by this other name way back then also.  I just didn't know that.  I called it Cancer.  Others around me called it Cancer.  Which is what is was then, and what it still is now.  Tonight, I learned over dinner with my side of the family 'it' had another name.  Glioma.  We all knew the cancer she had was malignant and that it would probably end her life way too soon.  At least, that's what the doctors had told us.
 
Just this past week, we heard Sen. Ted Kennedy had been diagnosed with a malignant glioma of the left parietal lobe.  A seizure told them something was wrong.  My sister, Lyn, had had the same thing.  With similar experiences.  Maybe not in the same location of her brain, but she had malignant glioma.  Her treatment then included radiation and the latest n' greatest stuff NIH could produce to try to fight 'it'.  It was Cancer.  Malignant glioma. 

Malignant glioma is the most common form of brain cancer, accounting for about 9,000 cases diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute.  They are more common in older people, especially those between the ages of 75 and 84, according to the American Cancer Society.  The prognosis varies depending on the type and severity of the tumor, and the patient’s age.  The American Cancer Society said survival rates dropped with increasing age.  Dr. Patrick Y. Wen, clinical director of the Center for Neuro-Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said the average prognosis for the most aggressive type of glioma was 14 to 15 months, while the prognosis for slower-growing tumors was two to four years.  He said that such tumors can sometimes affect sensation, speech, or vision, and that tumors in older people tend to be harder to treat.  “These are unfortunately aggressive tumors.”

My sister's initial diagnosis was almost 40 years ago.  She suffered through several different bouts of brain tumors, fought for cures through medicine, and was ultimately healed by God Almighty.  I hate Cancer.  It's a ugly disease and it never fights fair.  If you fight it, it fights back, and most times it wins.  From what I've seen, Cancer doesn't like to lose.  It's not in its nature. 

Lyn was at dinner with us tonight.  She sat to the far side of my bride from me.  Then and there, I thanked God once again for His healing mercy.  On the way home, it occurred to me: Maybe my sister should write to Ted Kennedy and share her story with him.  Why not?  It's a good story.  I think he might like to hear it.