Monday, December 20, 2010

Some information at last

Thanks to my friend Les, I have acquired some really useful information about adenocarcinoma.  Les heard a journalist from the Daily Telegraph (Cassandra Jardine) on Radio 4 talking about her cancer diagnosis (same type as me) and her article on 15th October (accessible on Daily Telegraph website) was really interesting.  Jardine was exactly like me in being very healthy and active (but with a history of chest infections, pneumonia, persistent cough and occasional breathlessness). From her article I have extracted the following facts which won’t necessarily be interesting for friends and family, but may be of some use to anyone else going through this. She also signposts quite an informative website called ‘National Cancer Institute USA’.

Adenocarcinoma is a cancer of the mucous glands and can arise in various parts of the body – colon, oesophagus, breast, pancreas, lung and other tissues. It is one of eight major types of lung cancer – accounting for 27% of the total.  It is the most common form of lung cancer among non-smokers and women.  It grows slowly but spreads to other tissues early.  Victims are almost symptom-free until a late stage. Chemotherapy controls the proliferation of cells.

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