Bloody Good News

I heard today from the hematologist's physician's assistant (sounds redundant or at least like three people are involved) that my red-blood-cell count is now in normal range, so I don't have to get any more blood siphoned off for a while. I'll need to get my blood checked again at the end of the month. The condition I have is polycythemia vera. The hematologist said it's not from chemo, but who knows? It might be. It's a rare disease and so not studied much. It seems to me that if the chemo drug Adriamycin, which I was given, can lead to leukemia, and that PV can turn into leukemia, then chemo could cause PV. Or is that a logical fallacy?

At the same time I had my blood checked for red blood cells, I got it checked for Vitamin D level. I'd read about a study that links low Vitamin D levels with breast cancer recurrence. The oncologist's physician's assistant said that she was going to the conference where she would hear a presentation by the team from Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto that did the study. The tricky thing is that having high levels of D can be harmful, too. As Aristotle said, Everything in moderation.

Is it possible to have excess in moderation?

The odd thing is I'm looking all this up and it doesn't seem connected to me. It feels so abstract. Even the breast cancer feels like it happened to me but at a distance. Does this mean I haven't accepted that I had it? Have I been keeping up a wall of denial all this time? That doesn't seem possible. Or is it that I don't feel sick so I can't believe that cancer is lurking in me?

3 comments:

Geoff said...

Your logic on PCV being caused by Adriamycin is medically sound,whether or not the experience demonstrates if it is true!

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Geoff said...

Your logic on PCV being caused by Adriamycin is medically sound,whether or not the experience demonstrates if it is true!

Your posts are great -- would you like to participate as a health blogger on Wellsphere.com? Email me for details. Cheers, Geoff
--
Geoffrey W. Rutledge, MD, PhD
Wellsphere Inc.

Trudie said...

When I was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2007, I also started checking things out on the Net. I gathered facts and figures, read up on all different types of cancer it could be - and all the while I felt as if I was researching for a paper. Somehow it didn't concern me on a deeper level, even after I got the date for surgery. When I was scheduled for hemo, I felt almost the same way, or as if I was following all these events from outide the body it pertained to.
Your theory that we react like this because we aren't sick enough, makes sense to me. I was exercising 4-5 weeks after surgery and kept it up all through chemo - I even gained weight during that time!