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Posted on 09/13/2007 8:21:01 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson has a rare type of cancer that specialists say is incurable but not life-threatening over the short term.
Although the 65-year-old former senator and actor says his disease is in remission, studies of other cases indicate that it's likely to return within the next two to five years.
But cancer experts say his malignancy -- a slow-growing disruption of the immune system known as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma -- can be well managed with drugs and needn't interfere with normal activities.
They say Thompson has an excellent chance of survival for at least five to 10 years, based on the experiences of other patients reported in medical journals.
"My understanding is you can expect to live a normal life expectancy," Thompson said Sunday on his campaign bus. But he acknowledged that "it's something that is always potentially there."
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in the cells of the lymph system, a complex network of specialized cells whose task is to detect and destroy invading microbes.
For unknown reasons, some lymph cells occasionally run amok, traveling through the body and forming cancerous lumps that interfere with the immune system.
Sometimes these unruly cells grow rapidly, causing an "aggressive" non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that's often fatal. Sometimes the growth is slow, leading to a case of "indolent," or painless, lymphoma. This is the kind that Thompson has.
Thanks to improvements in treatment, patients are surviving longer than they used to. The five-year expected survival rate of 63 percent is up from 48 percent 30 years ago.
Thompson's cancer was detected in 2004, as a lump in his neck. It later spread to other areas. His doctor prescribed a new drug, Rituxan, which drove the disease into remission.
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He will pick Rudy as his VP.
We need to pray for Fred.
Oddly enough, the ShjtSac Bee’ illness is far more serious and faster acting. What illness? Ask our good FRiend abb about that.
Could be, but we can’t deny the facts.
Oh, look, it’s a story about why not to vote for Thompson. Gosh, everyone with those ‘Livestrong’ bracelets should now boo and hiss someone who has survived cancer so far.
I wonder if some of these people feel any guilt for the stories they write?
This article has been planted, and the most pessimistic view of the medical view of this condition has been presented.
Death is slow and serious. Next question? We are all going to die aging is part of life (so to speak).
Looks like they're going at it again.
My former boss - a great guy and a veteran - was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The treatment for it took him out of work for a while, but he came back and was doing really good. And then it killed him when it came out of remission. Despite all the drugs and other treatment, it took him out of work for over a year, then a couple of years after it went into remission, despite all the careful medical care and treatment, he died from it. This was just a few years ago. This is a serious disease.
His health is going to be an issue in this campaign. We better get used to it.
I agree with you, but I’d take this with a BIG grain of salt - the Sacramento Bee is another dem house organ. This article is an anti-Fred screed.
Life is a terminal disease.
Regardless of who makes the Presidency, keeping Vice President Richard B. Cheney hanging around the Naval Observatory wouldn’t be a bad idea.
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It’s funny that we have not seen any articles about the RAT’s slate of candidates who all suffer from ‘brain disease’!!
Does that mean none of us are getting out alive?
“Life is a terminal disease.”
Life is a terminal condition.
Liberals lives are terminal diseases.
It occurred to me that if that woman, Mrs. Clinton, were to be elected, we’d have to hear about her annual pap and mammogram.
He’ll likely die after he inaugurates his Presidential Library.
One of the stories in Herodotus' Histories is that as Xerxes was reviewing his immense army crossing into Europe, he was seen weeping. Asked why, he said: 'Yea, for after I had reckoned up, it came into my mind to feel pity at the thought how brief was the whole life of man, seeing that of these multitudes not one will be alive when a hundred years have gone by.'
I’ve had enough of Hilliary’s pap already.
My youngest son was diagnosed with a rare, and deadly, bone cancer: Ewings Sarcoma. It has a very low survival rate, particularly when located where his was. He went through the tortures of the damned with the cut/burn/poison treatments. He was told he had very little chance of surviving, that he would loose his arm and that if he did survive, he'd not have children due to the treatments.
That was 25 years ago. His attitude was "Yeah, watch me." He has his arm 0 and three beautiful children, ages 10 to 16.
Forget statistics. Reality is Fred is fine now and with his attitude on life and his demeanor, I rather think he will be around some time longer than his 8 years in office - and so will we...which might not be the case if hitlery and gang get in.
Let's not let the enemy parade this slyly as an issue not to vote for Fred
However, Cheney was not running for President. There really is a big difference. The international perception of the US government is always closely tied to the President. The VP is an asterisk. The Republican Party would be crazy to nominate a candidate who can reasonably be expected to die or be very ill and close to death before the end of his first term.
I just jammed a shrimp fork in my eye. I prefer the pain to thinking about whatever the hell you just posted.
Oh darn. I made plans & everything.
We all have a disease that is slow and serious and will kill too, it’s called aging!!!
I can’t prove Hillary has the cooties but she gives me the heeby jeebys!
If only his health was the only thing that he is attacked on! He’s already getting heavily attacked from all directions on everything and on nothing at the same time!
I hope he wont pick any of the runners.
I'd like to see him pick someone like Michael Steele.
go this site and watch some of the videos (after watching the first one, click on videos on upper left screen) from his last election
The type of cancer Rudy had would very rarely kill within 10-15 years. With treatment such as he had, it usually doesn’t kill at all. Even if it comes back, it’s usually very slowly, and the man ends up dying of some common old age ailment first. It’s really not at all comparable to non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Thompson is very likely to require heavy duty treatment, with debilitating side effects, at some point between January 2009 and December 2012. Giuliani is not.
As a student (and teacher) of history, I thank you for the reminder.
Hillary’s cancer is *Bill. Doesn’t seem to slow her down...
**Thanks to improvements in treatment, patients are surviving longer than they used to. The five-year expected survival rate of 63 percent is up from 48 percent 30 years ago. **
What they are doing with cancer these days IS totally amazing, isn’t it?
Exactly - wolves, sheep's clothing...and are we going to be sheeple who let this even be a 'soft' issue
Push this off the table
This is a serious disease, often fatal.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died of it.
I just love the people who report this stuff from liberal rags. I’m sure they’ve got Thompson’s and the nation’s best interest at heart.
One has to have a brain before it can be diseased.
What about Hillary’s cankles and how they place additional burden on the antifreeze compressor known as her heart?
I see Mrs. Clinton’s affliction as much more damaging to the USA.
Ok I may be confused, so help me get this straight.
Fred's 65, he can expect to live at least another 5 to 10 years with this disease and the average life expectancy of a white male in the United States is a hair over 75 correct?
So where's the problem other than the fact we're all going to die one day unless the Lord comes back in our lifetimes?
I just jammed a shrimp fork in my eye. I prefer the pain to thinking about whatever the hell you just posted. LOL!
See post 11. The fact is we don’t know how this will affect
him. He’s 67, with cancer and facing a gruehling schedule for the next 14 months. Those are not in his favor. He has a good prognosis and spirit, they are. We don’t want it to influence voting but I can guarantee over the next year the whole country is going to be a lot more familiar with Hodgkins disease.
The more I look at him, the more I don’t see a two-term President. Dare I say less than a one-termer. We have to be ready for this.
This is fine as far as plain survival, but the job he’s trying for is very hard and very stressful. Presidents really do have to be healthy.
Some seem to breeze through it, like Clinton or Reagan, others it ages. Bush is looking like an old man now.
The Republican field looks like it may suffer from physical liabilities. Giuliani had cancer and McCain not only is rather old for the job, but seems to be acting old.