Has cancer touched your life? If so, you know it to be an unwelcome visitor that hijacks health, disrupts life, and demands attention. Moreover, once you’ve received a diagnosis, it’s urgent to figure out what to do, whom to trust, and how to navigate the medical system. Not only have you been surprised by this stranger but now you need to accommodate your life to minimize this stranger’s intrusion into all corners of your life.
The good news is modern medicine has more knowledge and technology for combating the disease. The bad news is that this mortal combat can be aggressive and indiscriminate killing of good cells and bad. We’re all different and the pharmacological interventions vary a lot with much greater sophistication tailored to the personality of your cancer. I recall my mother’s oncologist using similar words in suggesting treatment that would balance Mom’s quality of life with holding the cancer at bay. At this point Mom had lived fairly well on and off with breast cancer for about 13 years.