Skip to comments.Thompson's Health (Hugh Hewitt's Obsession With This...)
Posted on 09/06/2007 8:27:27 AM PDT by jdm
September 6, 2007
Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 9:55 AM
``The nature of the disease is that it tends to relapse,'' said David Fisher, a lymphoma specialist and assistant professor of medicine at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. ``How long one can live with the disease varies considerably.'' ...
Thompson's cancer is an uncommon form called nodal marginal zone lymphoma, which accounts for 2 percent to 4 percent of all cases, according to Owen O'Connor, chief of the lymphoma service at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York and author of about 100 research papers on the disease....
``Because this is so rare -- there are about 1,500 cases per year in the U.S. -- it's hard to prognosticate,'' O'Connor said in an interview. ``Most of the statistics you see on the National Cancer Institute Web site are old data. It's very hard to reach broad generalizations.''
Thompson's doctor, Bruce Cheson, head of hematology and oncology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, told CNN in April that his patient had no evidence of the disease after being treated and that many such patients ``can live a normal life span.''
``The indolent, or slow-growing lymphomas are very treatable, but rarely if ever curable,'' Cheson said in the April interview. ``Therefore, his likelihood of recurring is high, but this may not happen for a number of years.''
Cheson couldn't comment further because Thompson hasn't given permission for him to do so, Georgetown Medical School spokeswoman Marianne Worley said in a Sept. 4 interview. Thompson's campaign representatives didn't return phone calls seeking comment. ....
The textbook average life expectancy for all forms of non- Hodgkin's lymphoma is six to 12 years after diagnosis. Among patients diagnosed with Stage 1, or cancer that hasn't spread, the average 10-year survival rate is about 70 percent, Fisher said. For those diagnosed with extensive cancers, the 10-year survival rate is 36 percent. It is not known at what stage Thompson's cancer was diagnosed.
Has Thompson’s entire political career consisted of just two years in the U.S. Senate?
I've been a big fan for a long time, but it's getting so I can't trust anything Hugh says concerning the presidential race. SO disappointing.
I suppose it could just be my bias since I’m a Hunter supporter but my eyes are usually pretty trustworthy.
He has just been through a battle with cancer and is comming back, not going back, it will wear on even a younger man. But he is working out and getting back in shape. Give him some time.
Fred Dalton Thompson (born August 19, 1942 as Freddie Dalton Thompson) is an American politician, lawyer, lobbyist, and character actor. He represented Tennessee as a Republican in the U.S. Senate from 1994 through 2003.
I am also a huge Hunter fan. He always sounds great in the debates. Last night he barely got a question. I am torn about Thompson, agree with you that he just doesn’t look well. Does he just look old compared to other candidates or are we used to seeing him in full makeup on Law and Order?
I am interested to see Fred in action now that he is in.
Obama is the one with the two year stint.
Fred was elected twice, once to fill the term of Algore in 1994, then a full term in 1996 for six years. He could have run one more term but didn’t because of Betsey and other things. He believes in term limits and took himself out of the picture, like George Washington did.
He was also a prosecutor and has done other work for the government. He’s been on a committee to advise the secretary of state until he started this campaign. He had a high security clearance. Plus working on the staff of the watergate committee. Worked on the John Roberts nomination. Worked as an unpaid staffer for several political campaigns. Founded a Young Republican group in his hometown.
I heard he died because he was too lazy to breathe....
Or didn’t have time to breathe because he’s been working too many jobs at the same time...
But it’s okay, its a CFR conspiracy, they have to practice life support on someone.
Fred put his health issue out there first, because people wanted him to run. He didn’t think it was a problem, but practiced full disclosure on this so people could make up their own minds. I admire how he handled it.
If it was a problem, people could have brought it up before when he first disclosed. Some did, many did not.
It is a judgment call for everyone involved as many people go in remission, and often it never comes back. I have a dear friend who was a cancer patient and is doing well forty years later. You never know and hope for the best.
That said, some will use it against him no matter what. This has been discussed rather thoroughly. A person needs a little humor in this grim world.
On the contrary, the autopsy said that the cause of death was a 3 alarm belly fire, caused by eating a chili dog at the county fair. Apparently the onions were too much for old, sick, Fred and he keeled over sometime after.
Kudos to those CFR reanimators on an excellent job of reanimating Fred!
Do you know that if Hillary had sex with Bill Clinton she could become mentally ill from a venereal disease.
He looks healthy and strong to me.
Anyone can die, any minute, on any given day. If you are President, this is what VPs are for ......... so to Fred: pick a good one and to Hugh: MOVE ON!
People know he battled cancer. Therefore, people are understandably concerned about his ability to serve out a four-year term.
Until voters are convinced his cancer is not an issue, it will remain an issue. His opponentson both sideswill make sure it remains an issue.
The last thing we should want to see is for the so-called "11th Commandment" to be in force during the primaries, only to have our nominee's chances quickly go up in smoke in the general election because Republicans were "too polite" to bring up such issues when we had the chance.
Rather than excoriate any of our fellow lib-haters who would dare to bring up the "C" word and Sen. Thompson, I see this as an opportunity to deal with it now, while there's still plenty of time to find out which antidotes work and which do not.
Of the worst kind...HH is a big Arnold and Riordan supporter too.
Scumbag ghoul pinglist.