My Aunt Kathie was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 1993. She was 47 years old. I remember going to the hospital and visiting her. I even remember buying a troll nurse doll. I wasn’t allowed to see her, but my mom brought me in her room anyway.
After being in the hospital for about two months, Jenn finally returned home two days before Christmas, not making for a great holiday, but definitely a hopeful one. These days she receives chemotherapy every three weeks at Sloan-Kettering Memorial in New York City and just recently got test results showing she is free of cancer. Although this story does not include death or life long suffering, this isn't the case for everyone. This experience has altered my life and the lives of family, friends, and a great deal of our community, raising awareness of the fact that we need to find a cure for people who are going to suffer everyday for the rest of their lives. Peo... ... middle of paper ... ...s to make better progress.
No one wanted to face the fact the she had to go through this. As my sister and I told my grandma, “good luck” and reassured her everything would be okay, we all new how dangerous this surgery was. My grandmother was operated on in Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the doctor said she would be fine, but as time went on we found out that she wasn’t going to be fine. The day of the surgery, I came home from school to hear that something had happened during surgery. The doctor told my family that my grandmother had become septic which forced a second surgery and a move to the intensive care unit (ICU) for three weeks, where she had to be put on life support.
Rebecca Perl, from Maryland, has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1995. Rebecca has a two year old son and she is a health science reporter. Her body has not responded to the last six months of radiation and chemotherapy. Rebecca and her husband Tom are going to Omaha, Nebraska. At the University of Nebraska Medical Center Rebecca will receive a bone marrow transplant and a round of chemotherapy(Perl,1995).
She soon died of cervical cancer in 1951. The source delves into the injustice that was done with Mrs.Lacks it says Not all of Henrietta Lacks died that day. She unknowingly left behind a piece of her that still lives today—it’s called the HeLa cell. Her cells were taken and used for medical research without her consent. And for more than 20 years after her death Henrietta’s family would learn how science retrieved her cells and of her enormous contribution to medicine and to human life.
With family support, she went through intense chemotherapy treatment, where she responded positively, and was cancer free for four years. But during a regular screening last year, the doctors found another cancerous tumor affecting her left side breast. For all of us as a family, the news was a shock, because we all thought that it will not re-occur again. She started the fighting journey again, and until this date she is going through treatment, and with our support we hope that she defeats this illness. This experience I went through made me question the effectiveness of chemotherapy used to treat cancer, the pharmacology of the drugs used, and how we ca... ... middle of paper ... ...alysis methods.
Based on her progress, doctors predicted that she had less than two years to live. During the initial steps of her treatment she was prescribed medications such as Nolvadex, which helps treat invasive breast cancer. As months passed, my grandmother grew weaker, thinner, and the cancer has metastasized to her brain as well. Five years later, she was switched to the hormone therapy drug Aromacin. Although there are currently no known cures for metastatic breast cancer, the hormone therapy allowed her to continue fighting her battle against cancer.
She is in her late thirties to early forties when she has her last child and shortly after the baby is born she goes in for a mammogram and it turns out to be not what she expected. Breast cancer is not something that you know is there, it comes out of nowhere and it is not pai... ... middle of paper ... ....gov. Retrieved March 31, 2014, from www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/understandingcancer/environment/AllPages. N.A. Breast Cancer: Predicting Individual Risk.
I want to achieve the goal of becoming a doctor to make an impact on others’ life and give back to the community, by helping kids and adults achieve a long lasting life. Charity is the voluntary giving of help. Being a doctor to me is giving b... ... middle of paper ... ...ght my dad brought me home and he left to go watch over my mom in the hospital. I explain the situation to all of my sibling I remember my younger sister crying and my baby sister asking: “where is mom? Is mommy going to come home?” Finally three weeks after she was feeling better, i still remember the doctor making a statement before I left the hospital.
The doctor told the mother, the chemotherapy was not attacking the cancer cells and the cancer was spreading and growing. The patient had about two more weeks of life. The mother decided to opt out of treatment and take the child home to spend the remaining days. When the mother walked in the room, the patient asked what the doctor had said. The mother replied, “We are going home, you are cancer free!” The patient was ecstatic.