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My Family vs. Cancer- World Cancer Day!

World Cancer Day is celebrated on 4 February each year. The theme for this year is ‘We Can, I Can’. It’s a global initiative to raise Cancer Awareness and to support your local charities. You can read more about this global initiative here. The Cancer curse had struck my family last year. It took us time to recover and now we have courage to talk about it.

Exactly a year back my spouse suffered from a food allergy. We visited our GP for treatment and were advised to get an ultrasound done as a routine check-up. Who thinks of getting scans done every time you suffer a food allergy? Thus, the thought of getting ultrasound was dismissed in a casual manner.

Within a week he fell sick twice. After this he got an ultrasound done on a whim. The ultrasound report showed cyst formation on his kidney. My family doctor suggested to get further scans done and consult a specialist. One thing leads to another and we found out that it was a large tumor on kidney which had maximum possibility of being cancerous.

The rest of the month went in a jiffy with frequent tests & the urgent surgery which was performed to operate upon tumor. The biopsy results confirmed our worst fears that it was Stage 1 Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer). Lucky enough the cancerous cell had not spread in body and it was detected at early stage.

Cancer treatment is a painful process and a lifelong commitment. We had our moments of doubt, but faith kept us going. Nothing in life could have ever prepared us for facing Cancer. You never realize the extent of stress till it hits you. I cannot exactly feel what my spouse went through during whole treatment. We are thankful to have a strong support system in terms of family and friends.

As a child, I have also seen my grandmother being treated for breast cancer. She lived a healthy life till long after her surgery. On both occasions in my family, cancer detection was an accidental finding. Early detection is the key to cancer treatment.

This World Cancer Day take a pledge to get your health check-up done. Do it for yourself and your loved ones. Cancer symptoms may not show up until it’s too late. Regular health screening is the way to go. If you or your loved one have fought cancer, then I am sending loads of love across to you. You are not alone in this battle. I would be honoured to know how you have kicked Cancer and how did you cope with it. Because together we can & we will!

Do share the post to help raise Cancer Awareness and to support those battling it.

Understanding Cancer to #FightCancer

Cancer- a dreaded disease which reminds us only of pain and suffering. It can happen to anyone irrespective of age or gender. It is also a very misunderstood disease. This month I am raising Cancer Awareness to help in better understanding and to be supportive of people who face it.

What is Cancer?

It is defined as the disease where few of the body’s cells begin to divide in uncontrollable fashion and spread into surrounding tissues. This results in the growth of malignant tumors in the body. It is caused by genetic changes in the cell’s ability to grow and divide. These changes can also cause DNA mutations.

When Cancer cells spread to different parts of the body from the point of origin, it is named as Metastasis.

Staging of Cancer

 

The course of treatment depends on the size of Cancer and how far it is spread.

TNM Staging –

It is based on size of tumor and its spread into different parts of the body.

T – Size of tumor, and how far it has spread to nearby tissues. Values range from 1 to 4, where 1 denotes small.

N – To identify if Cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes. Values range from 0 to 3. 0 denotes no spread of cancer to lymph nodes.

M – Identify if cancer has spread to other parts of body. Values are 0 or 1, where 0 means no spread of Cancer to other organs.

Example – A small cancer not spread to lymph nodes or other parts will be represented as T1 N0 M0.

The letters ‘p’ or ‘c’ can also be used to describe the stage of Cancer. The letter ‘p’ identifies that stage of cancer is determined pathologically after surgery to remove cancer. Letter ‘c’ denotes that the stage is determined clinically during course of treatment before surgery.

Example – pT1N0M0.

Number Based Staging –

 

The TNM values are used by medical professionals to determine number based stage of Cancer,where

 

Stage 1- Cancer is small and contained within the originating organ.

Stage 2–  Cancer is large than Stage 1 but not spread to surrounding tissues. It can also describe that cancer may have spread to the lymph nodes surrounding the originating organ.

Stage 3 – Cancer is large and has spread to surrounding tissues and lymph nodes.

Stage 4 – Cancer has spread to different body part(s). It denotes metastasis.

It becomes difficult for non-medical people to understand medical. Hence, I am trying to make Understanding Cancer a simpler process this whole month. In next post, I will discuss different treatments that are used for diagnosis.

I am taking part in this initiative to #FightCancer along with #BlogChatterProjects.

Curse of Cancer… #AtoZChallenge

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Cancer is a life-threatening disease which results from abnormal growth of cells. It affects different people in different ways. Whatever be the case, the person suffers – both physically and mentally. Family and friends around the person also feel the same pain. Seeing your loved ones go through the treatment is hard.

Just today morning I had read the story of a kid who underwent the cancer treatment on Humans of New York page on Facebook. Each story that I read or hear has a common connection – the fear of unknown & the faith to get better.

I understand your pain. Every needle that pierced you equally pierced my heart. You were the one going through treatment & I was as anxious as you. Awaiting the scan results was miserable. Each day had new anxiety levels. Your eyes conveyed the feelings which the words could not. A visit to doctor was never so scary. Let’s just say I also never want to visit hospitals ever again for a lifetime.

Only you can determine the extent of your pain. You have been through it & no one can ever fully comprehend how you feel. But, never forget that you have your family & friends to support you whenever you need us. It’s not your battle alone to fight. We are all in this together & will sail through it. God’s grace has helped us throughout these tough times. And the worst is over!

The future holds all good things for you. Please do not let go of who you were. The zest for life that you have should stay till eternity. Think of it as a cloud with silver lining. Remember your dreams & aspirations and live for them with a new passion. Afterall, there are so many things left to try!

– Love you loads ! 🙂

P.S. – This post is dedicated to all those who are going through Cancer & their families. It may be tough right now, but this too shall pass.

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