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May. 19th, 2005 @ 07:44 am A sad article to read
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Treatment with the investigational drug Xinlay may help ease the bone pain that often accompanies late-stage cancer, researchers say. Dr. Nicholas Vogelzang of the Nevada Cancer Institute told a meeting of American Society of Clinical Oncology much of the recent focus on prostate cancer has centered on detection and prevention, and little attention has been paid to improving quality of life for patients in advanced stages of the disease, exemplified by the late actor Jerry Orbach. During this phase of disease, the body no longer responds to hormone therapy and the cancer spreads to the bone resulting in excruciating pain. More than 85 percent of men with late-stage prostate cancer develop bone metastases. As the bones are replaced with tumor, surrounding nerve endings are continuously irritated and send pain signals to the brain. Studies suggest Xinlay may help delay disease progression and decrease the onset and incidence of such pain.
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Date:May 19th, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
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So he was in pain?
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Date:May 19th, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)


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makes the last episodes he filmed of TBJ even more impressive. I hope he gets nominated for an emmy as a guest actor.
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Date:May 19th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)

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See this is helpful... because I was under the impression that cancer patients in that stage are under massive painkillers. I hope he wasn't... that makes me very sad, him and any other cancer patient.

My uncle is in that stage of lung cancer, but is it different?

I know... the emmy's are famous for posthumous awards... so I think there could be a chance. :)
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Date:May 19th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)

I think it varies

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from person to person and by type of cancer. Some people have very high tolerance for pain and others don't. Generally in the very late stages of cancer, patients are on high dosages of pain killers. Many patents don't like that because they feel it interfers with their ability to be present with their family and friends as they say their final farewells. So it can be very difficult for physicians to know just how much to medicate a patient. The physician wants the patient to be as free of pain as possible, but at the same time they want to respect the patient's desire to be lucid enough to carry on their normal activities.

My mother's first job out of nurse's training was at Sloan Kettering. Her most famous patient was Babe Ruth (his family and doctors tried to keep the truth about his illness from him). He was very fond of my mother because she was a baseball fan (although she was a New Yorker she wasn't a Yankee fan, she liked the Cardinals-don't know if she told him that). When he became very ill and knew he didn't have long to live, he asked her and another nurse to clean out the closet in his suite there at Sloan Kettering. There were baseballs that he had signed to give to the children in the leukemia wards and other things like that, they found two very large rolled up photographs, the size of posters. They were of that classic shot of him hitting his record home run. Mom asked him what he wanted her to do with them. He told her that she and the other gal should keep them for always being so good to him. She had her copy framed and all my chilhood the Bambino looked down on me and my brother.

My mother used to tell me stories about the doctors who did research at Sloan Kettering and how they gave patients medications with names like SK-21A. She told me about the first patient who survived Hodgkins, who would come and sit with the other patients when they received their chemotherapy, so they would know that even though it made them feel so sick, there was hope that it would cure them. When the news came out that Jerry died at Memorial Sloan Kettering I told people, if they couldn't save him there, he couldn't be saved.

Anyway I don't know if any of that made any sense guess I'm in a rambly mood today.

I do hope the academy at least thinks to nominate him.
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Date:May 19th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
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...I wish I hadn't read that.

Poor Jerry.