Skip to comments.FOX News Alert: Fred Thompson announces he has Lymphoma ( he is in remission )
Posted on 04/11/2007 6:27:06 AM PDT by tsmith130
Damn! Will be on Fox today with Neil Cavuto.
It really does sound that way to me too.
Candidates typically release information about health issues before announcing campaign plans.
WE CANT SAY IT OFTEN ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!
My gosh, I don't recall ever knowing or hearing that. Isn't FR grand?!
Exactly. There's no other reason to announce it. Go Fred!!
Well, which is it? Does he have it, or is he in remission?
Having stood by my wife for 2 bouts of breast cancer, it can't be both.
First, this is not a specific enough description for us to really know what kind of cancer he has, and therefore what to expect. However, as a general category, "indolent" non-Hodgkins lymphoma is slower growing but harder to cure than the more aggressive kinds.
One place people might look for info is here:
Indolent non-Hodgkins lymphoma
No one can know when a relapse will occur, but the info it gives on relapse is:
Indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Most patients with indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma have a relapse, despite having had treatment. The length of time between treatment and relapse can vary, but it is typically between 1.5 and 4 years.
The best treatment for relapsed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma depends on many factors. A 'watch and wait' approach may be recommended for some patients if they have no symptoms that are troubling them.
Most patients, however, are given chemotherapy, either with a single drug or with a combination of drugs. A steroid, such as prednisolone, is often given as well.
Monoclonal antibodies, for example, rituximab, are used for some types of lymphoma in this group of patients. It can be given as a single treatment (monotherapy) for relapsed disease. It is also often given with chemotherapy, and it can increase the effectiveness of the treatment, without significantly increasing the side effects.
When an indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma relapses, it has sometimes changed, or 'transformed', into an aggressive form of the disease. Often, the treatment for patients with transformed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is difficult. They may be treated with high-dose chemotherapy with or without a peripheral blood stem cell transplant. This can also be combined with monoclonal antibody therapy for 'purging' residual lymphoma cells from the bone marrow.
I am personally quite familiar with the treatments mentioned here. They most definitely DO have major side effects. My wife nearly died from them. Any President who was being treated in this way would be seriously affected, even if he did better than my wife did.
I'm willing to wait until we get more info about his specific situation, but my initial reaction is that he should NOT run. A relapse could come at any time, and the treatment would be quite intense.
Did he say that?
Did he take the news lying down?
Oh please, there is ONLY ONE reason for him to announce this.....HE IS RUNNING!!! RUN FRED RUN!!!!
I know I know! I goofed! I always do that with the word prostate! LOL!
No he has not.
Nonsense he has had it for to years now. It is in remission.
"I have had no illness from it, or even any symptoms. My life expectancy should not be affected. I am in remission, and it is very treatable with drugs if treatment is needed in the futureand with no debilitating side effects.
I just had to say it. Couldn’t resist. :)
I would expect that this is what Fred’s doctors have told him, too, so that ought to be as authoritative as anything else that can be said on the subject.
“I’m willing to wait until we get more info about his specific situation, but my initial reaction is that he should NOT run. A relapse could come at any time, and the treatment would be quite intense.”
OK, so Fred should just sit home and wait to die while our country goes to hell in a handbag! “A relapse could come at any time”...sounds like a typical lib scare tactic (albore...the earf’s gonna die, global warming, ahhhhhh). Please, spare me.
I’m sure he’s been talking...to lots of people. Given I’m not privey to his phone conversations or lack of them with McCain- it’s hard to know..but I’m sure he’s considered the factor of stress in a run..
I will be proud to support him if he gets the nomination
Thompson has a favorable prognosis and is no longer in treatment, said Dr. Bruce Cheson of Georgetown University Hospital.
Doesn't look too bad!
Even the moonbats think this announcement means he’s running...(also, read the comments, they certainly show a lot of LOVE for a person they don’t want as President)...
Yep- looks like your guy and my guy are doing well as cancer survivors:)
Actually she died from pneumonia and liver cancer.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis returned to her apartment on Fifth Avenue on Wednesday, after doctors at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center had found that cancer had spread to her liver and had told her there was nothing more they could do for her. Aggressive therapy, including antibiotic treatment of pneumonia that she developed early this week, was halted in keeping with the wishes Mrs. Onassis had expressed in a living will, a health worker familiar with her care said.
Yes they are. I am happy about that. Check out the video on Fox.
Prayers for a FULL recovery!!!
Excellent...thanks for the link:)
One of my brothers was diagnosed with the “good kind” of lymphoma many years ago, on the order of 20 years. He’s undergone “remission” several times, and had another round of chemo, etc...
It is hard to tell the difference between his activity level and that of most other persons, though for those who know him, it cuts into his after-work hours time a bit when he’s more in the “fighting the lympho” stage.
This is not necessarily a disqualifier for him to do whatever he wants to do - no more than “prior heart incident” in importance, and certainly less than any “prior stroke” should be considered.
As with Mrs.Edwards, prayers for him and his family.
I agree stress is not good for people with Cancer. Stress actually is bad for anyone. It cause all kinds of things to come out in your body.
I am very sorry to hear this. Prayers going up for Fred Thompson and his family.
I'm praying this is the case.
Reading on in the thread for updates.....
"I'm going to wait and see what happens," Thompson said. "I want to see my colleagues on the campaign trial, what they say, what they emphasize, whether they can carry the ball next November."
All but what we want to come out of our body! It brings out all the BAD things.
I think Arlen Spector was recently treated for this type of Lymphoma
Re-read...that was a quote (poorly done by the writer at FOX) from the CHRIS WALLACE interview on 11 March...
That, ahem...was a full month ago ;)
Fortunately, you can live without your prostrate.
I saw his statement. I also know from personal experience what the side effects from treatment are. There are some treatments that some might call “mild” side effects (corticosteroids, for example). NONE have NO side effects, and most people would say they are MAJOR.
If you read Fred’s statement carefully, he said, “No debilitating side effects.” The key word is “debilitating”. He would probably not be “disabled” in a legal sense.
He would still be able to think, even if he felt miserable, and even if he was hospitalized (these treatments usually require hospitalization).
However, treatment with Rituxamab is major, and an autologous stem cell transplant is incredibly intense. His energy level would certainly be reduced, and his judgement could also be affected.
As I said earlier, we do not yet have the specific information needed to completely assess the situation. But the little that has been released thus far leads me to believe that he should not run.
Ahhh Thank you!
Fred and Mc. are close supporters of each other and they believe many of the same things politically, so I look for Fred to endorse McCain, but wish Rudy well.
Well, this day continues to improve..NOT! Im sorry, Fred, Godspeed and prayers for your complete recovery regardless of what your plans are..
My thinking (colored as it is by my great support of this man) is that Fred has likely had a complete and thorough check-up and has gotten more than one opinion on his current health and prognosis for the future.
Perhaps all the candidates should make their full medical records public now.”
We still have NOT seen Bill Clinton’s medical records...
Does anyone here EVER think we will see Hillary’s medical records? How about a DNA test on Chelsea?????