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.
"DID YOU KNOW THAT FRED THOMPSON HAD CANCER? YES, LIFE-THREATENING CANCER! CANCER, I SAY!"
I stole that line from a blog, but I agree that Hugh seems to be going overboard here, probably since he's got so much love for Romney.
hugh hewitt is a largely worthless RINO shill.
The 77 year old mother of a very good friend, has been cancer free of the exact same cancer, for 15 years (more than two Presidential terms)!
The question here is does Hugh Hewitt have knowledge of how long he will live, much less question the health of another?
It’s ok, Fred died from the cancer several weeks ago. Seeing as how that stopped the cancer from returning, it should not cause him any problems once he becomes President.
Hugh is so vested in Romney that he really is losing credibility. Sad to see....
Hugh has always said that in elections he will support the most conservative candidate who has a realistic shot at winning. His definition of “realistic” is directly related to how conservative the candidate is though. Thus he has never supported a truly conservative candidate because he apparently goes into all elections already believing that no truly conservative candidate is electable.
Oh the RINO in L.A. who supported Tom McClintock for governor of CA in the 2003 recall until the “johnny-come-lately”, Ahnold jumped on the band wagon...that Hugh?
Yea, well that back stabber, Hugh, has about as much credibility as a screen door on a submarine.
Hugh picked his horse too early. Thompson is ten times better than Romney.
This year I went back in my posts to see what was so important, that I had to sign up at FR to post it.
My first post was a complaint about what a Pollyanish girl-man Hugh Hewitt is.
I always knew I was right about Hugh Hewitt. This confirms it. Hewitt’s a RINO loving SOB lowlife.
I didn’t know about Thompson’s cancer, but I have to say that when I first say photos of him I thought “wow, he doesn’t look real good” Perhaps he put off his announcement because of physical reasons?
Hugh Hewitt doesn’t have nearly the credibility he had a few years ago - largely because of nonsense like this.
Losing his credibility! Hewitt lost his credibility when he backed that famous leftcoast liberal RINO, Ahnold Schwarzy.
I say this even though Thompson is not my first choice. It's just that Romney is my LAST choice.
Fred has lost a significant amount of weight since June 1st when he began testing the waters. But its not from cancer. Fred`s been working out with a personal trainer to build up his stamina. I’d say that shows he’s a serious candidate.
Hugh Hewitt is a totally, 100% committed Mitt-worshipper.
That’s because the same man that wanted to stick us with Harriet Meiers on SCOTUS also wants to see RINO Rudy win the Republican nomination for President.
Its ok, Fred died from the cancer several weeks ago.”
If he had just had some fire in the belly, perhaps he would not have passed away....
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.
I also worry about his cancer, about how a grueling presidential campaign might affect his health, and what the Clintons will do with ‘the cancer thing’ once Hillary and Fred are both nominees.
I also wish his pretty, youngish wife had a more grown-up, serious style.
The prognosis of nodal marginal zone lymphoma is discussed in a recent review article . 5-year survival is estimated at 50-70%.
Got any examples, specifically, which made you think this? Otherwise that's nothing more than an empty cheap shot on your part.
One thing that lefties seem to be continually arguing is that conservatives who want to see Fred Thompson as the GOP nominee for President are hypocrites because he lacks experience even more so then any of the Democratic frontrunners - Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards.
Well, theyre all attorneys, right? So it should be easy to compare their resumes. Lets take a look:
Barack Obama: Two years as a US Senator. No leadership positions in the Senate. Eight years as a state senator. Ran unsuccessfully for congress in 2000. Private practice attorney, law professor. Top quality education (Harvard)
Hillary Clinton: Six years as a US Senator. No leadership positions in the Senate. Eight years as First Lady of the US. Twelve years as First Lady of Arkansas. House Judiciary committee staffer, private practice attorney, law professor. Top quality education (Yale)
John Edwards: Six years as a US Senator. No leadership positions in the Senate. Democratic nominee for Vice-President in 2004. Private practice attorney. Top quality education (North Carolina)
Fred Thompson: Eight years as a US Senator. Four years as Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee. Assistant US Attorney. Co-Chief Senate Watergate Council. Special counsel to the Governor of Tennessee (1980), Special Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1980-81), Special Counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee (1982), Private practice attorney. Actor, Radio show personality, research fellow with the American Enterprise Institute. Top quality education (Vanderbilt).
So, basically here we have four politicians, all attorneys, all with law degrees from top institutions, all with eight years or fewer in the Senate, all without long careers in public office. But from a legal perspective, Fred Thompsons resume is clearly far more impressive. If we were sitting and examining each of these resumes for, say, an appellate court appointment none would dispute that Thompsons is superior to the other three.
Now granted, were looking for a President here, not a judge. One could argue that Hillarys experience as first lady was very valuable. Perhaps. But Fred Thompson - despite only serving a few years longer then the others in the Senate, held a tremendously important Committee Chairmanship while there. Combined with his work in a US Attorneys office, leading the Watergate investigation, and as an attorney advising Senate committees, he has enormous experience dealing with government reform issues and an understanding of the workings of the highest levels of government. Experience that the three Democrats simply dont have. Each of them came to the US Senate already hungry for the Presidency, and have spent most of their time as Senators working toward that goal.
Fred Thompsons resume is far superior. Arguing otherwise is ludicrous.
Schwarzenegger does great things for the re-election of George W. Bush by immediately putting California into in '04 when Schwarzenegger is sworn in as governor, and Schwarzenegger helps the likely GOP Senate nominee against Barbara Boxer the conservative Tony Strickland. So Schwarzenegger is closer to Pataki than Reagan, so what? It is a huge advantage to have an ally in the statehouse. The choice to think about with '04 in mind is not Schwarzenegger vs. McClintock or Simon, it is Schwarzenegger vs. Cruz.
The GOP benefits as a whole. Imagine you are Jim DeMint, likely nominee of the GOP for the open U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina, or Lisa Murkowski, incumbent GOP senator in Alaska. Wouldn't it be great to call the Bush people and ask for and get Schwarzenegger to drop into your state for a little fundraiser at $1,000 a head? This is what Bill Clinton does 24x7x365. Schwarzenegger would be a hyperdraw on the fundraising circuit, a crucial component of politics, exceeded only by the president and the vice president. Three such draws is better than two.
I don’t think what I said was a cheap shot. This might be a cheap shot, but true. She needs a style that does not cry out mid-twenties Paris Hilton/Lindsay Lohan wannabe. She needs to get rid of the long, lanky hair for starters. If she doesn’t want to cut it, she should wear it up. I also don’t know that Americans want to see a lot of cleavage on a first lady. A little more subdued is all I’m saying.
Hewitt is one of the biggest brown nosers in the punditry business. I’m convinced he’s no conservative, but not fully ready to label him a RINO. Just a RINO enabler.
When you look up the word “turncoat” in the dictionary,
you will find a picture of HH.
And of course I’ve posted on FR more times than I want to remember the picture of RINold...from the rear. LOL
the sad part of it all is that after three more years of RINOld; it is going to be pretty difficult for some time to get another Republican elected governor of CA. If Pete Wilson was a joke, RINOld has been an incompetent buffoon.
Well I won’t say “I told ya so.”
She looks like she's trying to be Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan here?
If you have a photo if Paris or Lindsay in this sort of outfit, please let me know! I just don't see it.
In addition, Jeri is 40 or so, so she's going to dress her age. She should be forced to dress "older" just because her husband is a Presidential candidate? She's not going to dress 50 or 60, when she's 10-20 years younger than that. No one, regardless of gender, would appreciate being told how "old" they should or should not dress.