December 4, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

cancer myths

2 min read

What’s on my mind today on National Cancer Survivors Day as a cancer survivor? 2009 was a bad year for me as in the spring my dad died and then in the fall I was diagnosed with a very serious form of prostate cancer out of the blue at age 42. I then had surgery. The cancer itself made me feel physically sick, but also going through the whole experience including the shock of the diagnosis with a potentially fatal illness and the surgery …Read More

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In a few days it will be the 5-year anniversary of my diagnosis with a very serious form of prostate cancer. So far since then I’ve been doing pretty well (knock on wood). I am still getting PSA tested and life still has a cancer thread through it for me. As much as having cancer is a very personal and in some ways private experience, I have found it helpful to write and talk about it. I hope that my experience has been helpful to …Read More

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Cancer invokes powerful feelings so it is not surprising that there are a lot of harmful myths and urban legends out there about it. As a cancer researcher and cancer survivor, I can see it from both the biomedical research side and the patient side. Here’s my top 10 list of myths & legends about cancer. 1 ) Cancer can be 100% removed from the body. I wish it were true, but there is growing evidence that most of the time doctors cannot get all cancer …Read More