Thursday, June 16, 2005

Kept Alive for Her Baby

What a unique case. Susan Torres was a researcher at the NIH. She has one son already, and is expecting another child. Apparently, she has melanoma and it spread to her brain, causing her to have a stroke and rendering her "brain dead". I hope the baby survives. What a sad, complicated event.

If you don't know already, melanoma is extremely dangerous. Many people don't realize that it is one of the most dangerous forms of cancer. Here is a melanoma tutorial; check yourself out.


At 5:36 PM, Blogger Murky Thoughts said...

Yikes. So the fetus is racing the cancer and competing with it for nourishment? I wonder whether the mother might have survived with chemo if she's be willing to sacrifice the fetus. They can't be administering chemo now. I wonder if they're doing surgery or blasting the tumors with gammas. If gestation weren't a radioactive topic in this country that news story would have told us a lot more.

At 7:13 PM, Blogger James said...

Wow ... thanks for the site information. You're right about people not being as atuned to melanoma as, these days, they really need to be. It's gotten to the point where if I expect to spend any time in the sun I'm lathering up for with SPF 45 lotion, a hat, and a mind set on making sure I'm not in the sun directly as much as I can avoid it. Alas, there are many out there who are far more sanguine regarding solar exposure, especially in these days with reduced atmospheric shielding with attendant increased UV exposure, much to their likely detriment, and the likelihood of having to eventually visit with a dermatologist, or, worse, an oncologist.

At 9:12 PM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

MT: From what I have read and been told, she didn't know the cancer had returned (she had melanoma when she was younger). The cancer-evoked stroke damaged her brain so badly that treating the cancer would be kind of pointless at this time.

It bothered me that USA Today had this article on the front page right next to the Terry Schiavo autopsy story. The USA Today article has more info, but it's poorly written and has too much random info about their religious beliefs in it. That paper has problems.

James--you're welcome. My poor husband had to undergo a serious inquistion about every spot on his body before he got dinner. Don't pity him though--he knew I was like this when he signed on the dotted line.


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