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Writer Christopher Hitchens has oesophegal cancer (Author of best-seller -- "God is Not Great")
The Australian ^ | 06/30/2010

Posted on 06/30/2010 7:29:51 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

AUTHOR, journalist and public intellectual Christopher Hitchens has announced he has cancer of the oesophagus and will undergo treatment.

Hitchens revealed his condition in a three-sentence statement on the website of Vanity Fair, a magazine to which he regularly contributes, and said he would have to cut short his current book tour.

“I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my oesophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice,” Hitchens said.

The English-born Hitchens, 61, was in the middle of a book tour to promote his newly released memoir Hitch 22.

He visited Australia in May this year, being a star attraction at the Sydney Writers Festival.

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Hitchens, a noted enfant terrible in the literary world, is a well-known public figure who appears regularly on TV and has had his work published in myriad magazines including The New Statesman, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate & The Nation. He also published several books including his recent atheist tome “God is Not Great.”

He is well-known for his prolific consumption of alcohol and cigarettes. It was reported that the chain-smoking Hitchens gave up smoking cigarettes in 2008, though a profile piece in the Washington Post earlier this month showed that he was still indulging in the habit.

In 2003 he famously quipped that his daily intake of alcohol was enough “to kill or stun the average mule”.

Hitchens, once a darling of the left, famously underwent an ideological shift in recent years, especially after 9/11, that saw him support the Iraq war and lose the support of many of his former admirers.

Hitchens became an American citizen in 2007. He currently lives in Washington DC with his wife Carol.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: atheist; cancer; christopherhitchens; hitchens

Author, journalist and public intellectual Christopher Hitchens has announced he has cancer. Illustration: Tom Jellett Source: The Australian
1 posted on 06/30/2010 7:29:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Ouch...this is a bad one. If caught early, however, a good outcome can be achieved. It is associated with smoking and drinking.


2 posted on 06/30/2010 7:32:48 PM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: SeekAndFind
As a political observer, polemicist and self-defined radical, Hitchens rose to prominence as a fixture of the left-wing publications of both his native United Kingdom and United States. Hitchens's departure from the established political left began in 1989 after what he called the "tepid reaction" of the European left following Ayatollah Khomeini's issue of a fatwa calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie.

The 9/11 attacks strengthened his embrace of an interventionist foreign policy and his vociferous criticism of what he called "fascism with an Islamic face." Hitchens's support for interventionism, employment of the term "Islamofascist" and his notable support for the Iraq War have caused his critics to label him a "neoconservative". Hitchens, however, refuses to embrace this designation, insisting that he is "not any kind of conservative".

Hitchens is an atheist and has been identified as being an exponent of the "new atheism" movement. Hitchens is a secular humanist and anti-theist, and describes himself as a believer in the philosophical values of the Age of Enlightenment.

His main argument is that the concept of God or a supreme being is a totalitarian belief that destroys individual freedom, and that free expression and scientific discovery should replace religion, which inhibits these things, as a means of teaching ethics and defining human civilization. Hitchens wrote at length on atheism and the nature of religion in the 2007 book God Is Not Great.
3 posted on 06/30/2010 7:33:19 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I wouldn’t wish cancer on anyone, and my heart sank when I read the title. May God bless him, and I don’t mean that in a flippant way.


4 posted on 06/30/2010 7:34:20 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked." BHO)
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To: SeekAndFind

....lucky his oesophagus didn’t rupture on him and shoot a gout of blood half way up the wall...that’s what happens to a lot of alkys...I actually saw it happen in detox once...it’s quite a thing to see.


5 posted on 06/30/2010 7:34:44 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: SeekAndFind

My brother died of that. It wasn’t caught early enough; he ignored a lot of the warning signs. Prayers up.


6 posted on 06/30/2010 7:34:44 PM PDT by Andyman (The truth shall make you FReep.)
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To: SeekAndFind

apparently from drinking too much. Chris Buckley said he showed up on TV reeking of alcohol, possibly drunk.


7 posted on 06/30/2010 7:41:39 PM PDT by Perdogg (Nancy Pelosi did more damage to America on 03/21 than Al Qaeda did on 09/11)
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To: scott7278

I think it very telling that a conservative can hear of the illness or injury of an adversary and their first response is to offer a prayer for that person. Just one of many differences between liberals and conservatives, but one that says a whole lot about the nature of conservatives.

I am not a fan of this man, but I certainly do pray that he will do well and that he will find the love of God. And I pray for his wife and family.


8 posted on 06/30/2010 7:41:41 PM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: scott7278

Agreed; he may come around to seeing God given his mortality is showing big time. Pray for him.


9 posted on 06/30/2010 7:42:40 PM PDT by john drake (Roman military maxim; "oderint dum metuant," i.e., "let them hate, as long as they fear.")
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To: SeekAndFind

God is not mocked.


10 posted on 06/30/2010 7:44:27 PM PDT by Mobties
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To: Mobties

It rains on the just and the unjust.


11 posted on 06/30/2010 7:47:24 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (ue)
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To: Mobties

Very sorry to hear this. Hitchens is a valid voice, however right or wrong — and he’s often both. Hope he pulls through.


12 posted on 06/30/2010 7:48:42 PM PDT by nicollo (you're freakin' out!)
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To: jwparkerjr

I pray for him to recognize his present condition, and what his future will be either with or without Jesus Christ.


13 posted on 06/30/2010 7:51:48 PM PDT by Irish Queen (Four Corner Irish)
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To: jwparkerjr

Hitchens might be an atheist and opponent of most conservatives on social and faith issues, but he is a stalwart supporter of the war on terror and war on militant Islam, and was one of the strongest voices supporting Bush’s policies in Iraq and Afghanistan.


14 posted on 06/30/2010 7:52:08 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Reminds me of a cartoon several years ago:

God is dead. - Nietzsche

Nietzsche is dead. - God


15 posted on 06/30/2010 7:52:26 PM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: Pharmboy

My good friend Bobby smoked and drank like Hitch, with the same result. It was painful, ugly and fatal.


16 posted on 06/30/2010 7:56:28 PM PDT by cydcharisse (`)
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To: SeekAndFind

I can’t stand Christopher Hitchens, but I wouldn’t wish esophageal cancer on anyone! I’ll be praying for his healing, both physical and spiritual.


17 posted on 06/30/2010 8:00:47 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SeekAndFind

Not a fate I’d wish on anyone. He and his family have my most sincere and heartfelt prayers. Though he may not acknowledge it, he too is God’s child.


18 posted on 06/30/2010 8:07:43 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: SeekAndFind

Pray for his conversion.


19 posted on 06/30/2010 8:09:40 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Perdogg
Chris Buckley said he showed up on TV reeking of alcohol, possibly drunk.

LOL! To Chris Buckley, "reeking of alcohol" means "possibly drunk."

Best wishes to old Hitchens, but this absurdity about says it all for boy Buckley.

20 posted on 06/30/2010 8:13:29 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Perdogg
Chris Buckley said he showed up on TV reeking of alcohol, possibly drunk.

LOL! To Chris Buckley, "reeking of alcohol" means "possibly drunk."

Best wishes to old Hitchens, but this absurdity about says it all for boy Buckley.

21 posted on 06/30/2010 8:13:38 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeekAndFind

Prayers for hitch and family.

I hope when he’s ready, he can bring more attention to this cancer and treatments; He has the gift and audience to do so.


22 posted on 06/30/2010 8:13:56 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray. Stop Barrystroika.)
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To: Pharmboy

i’ve seen people who have been operated on for this type of cancer & it’s pretty traumatic. my sympathies to him & here’s hoping he’ll quit the two.


23 posted on 06/30/2010 8:14:53 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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To: SeekAndFind

John 5:22: For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: John 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

With these thoughts in mind, I pray Christopher gets better.


24 posted on 06/30/2010 8:15:32 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Coldwater Creek
It rains on the just and the unjust.

What kind of person lives in a drought regions?

Its interesting that pastors of rural districts associate that passage in a message of God's blessings on the Elect and the Reprobate. In urban areas, the same passage is used in sermons that say that bad things happen to both the righteous and the wicked.

25 posted on 06/30/2010 8:17:06 PM PDT by The Theophilus
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To: SeekAndFind

I hate to see anyone get sick but there’s a price to be paid for mocking God and this how Hitchens has made his living. I suggest Hitchens repent and ask for forgiveness before its too late. He might not be able to save his earthly life but there’s still a chance for his eternal life.


26 posted on 06/30/2010 8:22:02 PM PDT by Big Dog Hammer
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To: SeekAndFind

After Jerry Falwell died this sweetheart Hitchens said something to the effect that Falwell was so full of excrement that after it was removed by the undertaker his(Falwells) remains would have fit in a matchbox.

Hitchen wants nothing to do with God and, in fact, blasphemes against Him.

He will learn all about the greatness of God a moment after he dies.


27 posted on 06/30/2010 8:22:15 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: SeekAndFind

May this malady bring him to the Lord.


28 posted on 06/30/2010 8:28:57 PM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Jesus said love your enemies.

Christopher Hitchens is my enemy in so many ways.

But Christopher is an enemy that I find easy to love.

He is an honest enemy.

The ass clown Barry Obama is an enemy I do not love.

He is a dishonest coward of the highest order, you see he claims to be my friend as well as everyone in the universe’s friend.

I pray for Christopher’s health, even though I pray to a God that he denies and ridicules.


29 posted on 06/30/2010 8:32:54 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: SeekAndFind

Ouch, that is not good. Hope things change for the better all things considered.


30 posted on 06/30/2010 8:35:20 PM PDT by yield 2 the right (RUSH: Anything that Barney Frank and Chris Dodd get a standing Ovation on is not good for us)
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To: SeekAndFind

Depends on the stage it’s caught Stage 1 and 2 have pretty high levels of survival if treated aggressively. Stage 3 and 4 almost none. The problem is that usually the first thing you notice that sends you to a doctor is trouble swallowing and by then it’s usually stage 3 or higher. With my father from diagnosis to death was a little under 6 months.

My daughters father-in-law was diagnosed 2 months ago and they took out about 1/2 his esophagus and most of his stomach. He’s losing massive amounts of weight. Whats left of the esophagus closed up on him so he couldn’t eat. They had to use a stent to open it, but expect it to close again. So the procedure will have to be repeated. He only gets palliative chemo since there is no hope. We’re all hoping it’s quick since he has less than 5% for 5 years chance of survival and it’s really 0% because of the other problems like the closing esophagus, inability to eat much (no sphincter in esophagus so if he’s laying down the food will flow back up.).

Until we hear what stage it’s at we won’t have any idea of his chance of survival is.

They left off one leading cause of the disease and that’s acid reflux. It damages the esophagus. If you have that talk to your doctor about what you can do to minimize it. My dad didn’t really drink but he had smoked for 40 years and quit for 35 but he had bad acid reflux and some ulcers. In his case they thought it was an ulcer acting up along with some problems with swollowing.


31 posted on 06/30/2010 8:41:16 PM PDT by airedale
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To: SeekAndFind

I went last week to see him speak in Cambridge, Ma. We I got to the Brattle Theater, they said his show was canceled. Someone commented on how Hitchens prided himself on not missing an engagement.


32 posted on 06/30/2010 8:43:01 PM PDT by Leisler ("Over time they create a legal system that plunders and a moral code that glorifies it." F. Bastiat)
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To: RatRipper

I’m guessing he’s having a “come to Nobody” moment right now...oh well I’ll pray for him anyway.


33 posted on 06/30/2010 8:45:33 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (The War on Poverty is over. Poverty won. - Howie Carr)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hitch has always been an outright, forthright honest wretch.

The comments here by the ivory pure, white brick dumpers, best capture the pinched, narrow, small horizioned character that is often, and accurately attributed to social cons.


34 posted on 06/30/2010 8:49:08 PM PDT by Leisler ("Over time they create a legal system that plunders and a moral code that glorifies it." F. Bastiat)
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To: SeekAndFind

Prayers for him and his family as they face the difficult challenges ahead.


35 posted on 06/30/2010 8:54:25 PM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: Big Dog Hammer

Do you not think that born again spirit filled christians get horrible terminal disease’s?


36 posted on 06/30/2010 8:58:15 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (ue)
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To: Big Dog Hammer
Do you not think that born again spirit filled Christians get horrible terminal disease's?
37 posted on 06/30/2010 8:59:15 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (ue)
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To: Leisler
Gee, the only one I see posting self righteous crap is you.
38 posted on 06/30/2010 9:00:50 PM PDT by DB
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To: SeekAndFind

His brother, Peter, looks much happier than Christoper.

(Christoper. What a name for an atheist.)


39 posted on 06/30/2010 9:19:34 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: SeekAndFind

My mother died from this cancer, it is a bad one.


40 posted on 06/30/2010 9:42:19 PM PDT by calex59
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey, I wish him well and God speed.
God loves him and I pray for his help, I pray he may get to know God. Peace.


41 posted on 06/30/2010 9:53:43 PM PDT by rose
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To: SeekAndFind
This is terrible news. I loved listening to Hitch on Hugh Hewitt's show. Very smart guy, well informed, entirely his own man, excellent debater, great defender of the Iraq invasion. Always challenging and interesting even when I thought he was wrong.

I hope he beats the odds.

42 posted on 06/30/2010 11:56:36 PM PDT by TChad
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To: DB

Congratulations then.


43 posted on 07/01/2010 2:57:57 AM PDT by Leisler ("Over time they create a legal system that plunders and a moral code that glorifies it." F. Bastiat)
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To: SeekAndFind
I had not realized he was such a stalwart supporter of the WOT, etc. My only knowledge of him was his book and his battle with faith. Thank you for the heads-up!

My prayer him is that he would come to a saving faith in Jesus.

44 posted on 07/01/2010 4:47:37 AM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: Irish Queen

Amen! Well put.


45 posted on 07/01/2010 4:49:42 AM PDT by jwparkerjr
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