A monumental task

For those who have read my previous posts, my friend Becca passed away yesterday. Although it may be unclear if her cancer was the reason, if you look at the whole picture it was, because if she wouldn’t have had cancer, she wouldn’t have had a mastectomy, and if she wouldn’t have had a mastectomy, she wouldn’t have had a stroke while recovering. Just my explanation – but it helps explain the unexplainable. So, anyway, I spent yesterday online – searching. I decided I would try to write a blog, in Becca’s memory and for the group, explaining cancer. Dissecting it, if you will, and putting it into pieces we could all understand. Because, just as when you need to move a bookcase, you take the shelves out, my hope was that I could break cancer down into smaller pieces – so maybe more would listen, more would realize just how devastating this is, to so many, and more would get angry and help to eradicate it. Turns out, I have assigned myself the task equal to moving Mt. Everest with a teaspoon! But I have taken it on, and will do my best to cover all the aspects I can, in little pieces we can all digest.

Today’s entry is simply background. A quick visit to cancer.org reveals there is a “list of cancers”. I thought, fantastic, one stop shopping! WRONG. There are some 210 entries, broken down alphabetically. Nothing under J, X, or Z. Some are duplicates – I guess so that if you are looking under a different name you wind up where you need to be. I’m beginning to see the scope of this in a whole different light. And I am getting very irritated. How can something this HUGE be this quiet? But, trudging on, I make my list. My copy and paste doesn’t want to cooperate, so I bring up side by side windows and type each and every entry. My word processor wants to play smart phone and change the spelling of some words – I have to keep telling it no. These words should be part of the consciousness of every single person – and I will be honest and say that yesterday is the first time I’ve seen some of them! So, here goes, the list from cancer.org:

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
Adrenocortical Carcinoma
Kaposi Sarcoma (AIDS related)
Lymphoma (AIDS related)
Anal Cancer
Appendix Cancer
Astrosytomas, Childhood
Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor, Childhood, Central Nervous System
Basal Cell Carcinoma – see Skin Cancer (Nonmelanoma)
Bile Duct Cancer, Extrahepatic
Bladder Cancer
Bone Cancer
Ewing Sarcoma Family of Tumors
Osteosarcoma and Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma
Brain Stem Glioma, childhood
Brain tumor
Astrocytomas, childhood
Brain and spinal cord tumors treatment overview, childhood
Brain stem glioma, childhood
Central nervous system atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor
Central nervous system embryonic tumors, childhood
Central nervous system germ cell tumors, childhood
Craniopharyngioma, childhood
Ependymoma, childhood
Breast cancer
Bronchial tumors, childhood
Burkitt lymphoma – see non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Carcinoid tumor – childhood
Carcinoid tumor – gastrointestinal
Carcinoma of unknown primary childhood
Cardiac (Heart) tumors, childhood
Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor, childhood
Embryonic tumors, childhood
Germ cell tumor, childhood
Lymphoma, primary
Cervical cancer
Cervical cancer, childhood
Chordoma, childhood
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia CLL
Chronic myelogenous leukemia CML
Chronic myeloproliferative disorders
Colon cancer
Colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer – childhood
Craniopharyngioma, childhood
Cutaneous t-cell lymphoma – see mycosis fungoides and sezary syndrome
Duct, bile, extra hepatic
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
Embryonic tumors, central nervous system, childhood
Endometrial cancer
Ependymoma, cancer
Esophageal cancer
Esophageal cancer, childhood
Esthesioneuroblastoma, childhood
Ewing sarcoma
Extracranial germ cell tumor, childhood
Extragonadal germ cell tumor
Extrahepatic bile duct cancer
Eye cancer – intraocular melanoma
Eye cancer – retinoblastoma
Fibrous histiocytoma of bone, malignant, and osteosarcoma
Gallbladder cancer
Gastric (stomach) cancer
Gastric (stomach) cancer, childhood
Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST), childhood
Germ cell tumor, central nervous system, childhood
Germ cell tumor, extra cranial, childhood
Germ cell tumor, extragonadal
Germ cell tumor, ovarian
Germ cell tumor, testicular
Gestational trophoblastic disease
Glioma – see brain tumor
Childhood brain stem
Hairy Cell Leukemia
Head and neck cancer
Head and neck cancer, childhood
Hepatocellular (Liver) cancer
Histiocytosis, langerhans cell
Hodgkin lymphoma
Hypopharyngeal Cancer
Intraocular Melanoma
Islet Cell Tumors, Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors
Kaposi Sarcoma
Kidney, renal cell
Kidney, wilms tumor and other childhood kidney tumors
Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
Laryngeal Cancer
Laryngeal Cancer, childhood
Leukemia – acute lymphoblast (ALL)
Leukemia – acute myeloid (AML)
Leukemia – chronic lymphocytic (CLL)
Leukemia – chronic myelogenous (CML)
Leukemia – hairy cell
Lip and oral cavity cancer
Liver cancer (primary)
Liver cancer (primary) , childhood
Lobular carcinoma in Situ (LCIS)
Lung cancer – childhood
Lung cancer – non-small cell
Lung cancer – small cell
Lymphoma – AIDS-Related
Lymphoma – Burkitt – see non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Lymphoma – cutaneous t-cell – see mycosis fungoides and sezary syndrome
Lymphoma – Hodgkin
Lymphoma – non-Hodgkin
Lymphoma – primary central nervous system (CNS)
Macroglobulinemia, Waldenstrom
Male breast cancer
Malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone and osteosarcoma
Melanoma – childhood
Melanoma – intraocular (eye)
Merkel cell carcinoma
Mesothelioma, malignant
Mesothelioma, malignant, childhood
Metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary
Midline tract carcinoma involving NUT gene
Mouth cancer
Multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes, childhood
Multiple myeloma/plasma cell neoplasm
Mycosis fungoides
Myelodysplastic syndromes
Myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms
Myelogenous leukemia, chronic CML
Myeloid leukemia, Acute (AML)
Myeloma, multiple
Myeloproliferative disorders, chronic
Nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer
Nasopharyngeal cancer
Nasopharyngeal cancer, childhood
Neuroblastoma
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Non-small cell lung cancer
Oral cancer
Oral cancer – childhood
Oral cavity cancer, lip and
Oropharyngeal cancer
Osteosarcoma and malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone
Ovarian cancer – childhood
Ovarian cancer – epithelial
Ovarian cancer – germ cell tumor
Ovarian cancer – Low malignant potential tumor
Pancreatic cancer – childhood
Pancreatic cancer – pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (Islet Cell Tumors)
Papillomatosis, childhood
Paraganglioma
Paraganglioma, childhood
Paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer
Parathyroid cancer
Penile cancer
Pharyngeal cancer
Pheochromocytoma
Pheochromocytoma, childhood
Pituitary tumor
Plasma cell neoplasm/multiple myeloma
Pleuropulmonary blastoma, childhood
Pregnancy and breast cancer
Primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma
Prostate cancer
Rectal cancer
Renal cell (Kidney) cancer
Renal pelvis and ureter, transitional cell cancer
Retinoblastoma
Rhabdomyosarcoma, childhood
Salivary gland cancer
Salivary gland cancer, childhood
Sarcoma – ewing
Sarcoma – Kaposi
Sarcoma – osteosarcoma (bone cancer)
Sarcoma – rhabdomyosarcoma
Sarcoma – soft tissue
Sarcoma – uterine
Sezary syndrome
Skin cancer – childhood
Skin cancer – melanoma
Skin cancer – merkel cell carcinoma
Skin cancer – Nonmelanoma
Small cell lung cancer
Small intestine cancer
Soft tissue sarcoma
Squamous cell carcinoma – see skin cancer (Nonmelanoma)
Squamous cell carcinoma – childhood
Squamous neck cancer with occult primary, metastatic
Stomach (Gastric) cancer
Stomach (Gastric) cancer, childhood
T-Cell lymphoma, cutaneous – see mycosis fungoides and sezary syndrome
Testicular cancer
Testicular cancer – childhood
Throat cancer
Thymoma and thymic carcinoma
Thymoma and thymic carcinoma, childhood
Thyroid cancer
Thyroid cancer, childhood
Transitional cell cancer of the renal pelvis and ureter
Unknown primary, carcinoma of
Unknown primary, carcinoma of, childhood
Unusual cancers of childhood
Ureter and renal pelvis, transitional cell cancer
Urethral cancer
Uterine cancer, endometrial
Uterine sarcoma
Vaginal cancer
Vaginal cancer, childhood
Vulvar cancer
Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia
Wilms Tumor
Women’s Cancers
Young adults, cancer in

Are you blown away yet????? No??? Well guess what? THIS ISN’T ALL!!! I was discussing this with a friend last night, who suffers from a rare genetic cancer, Muir-Torre Syndrome. Take a look – yep, not on the list, unless it’s listed in one of the topics. Makes me wonder just how many types of cancer are not listed here. So I dig a little deeper and discover, to my horror, that many “researchers” believe that there are as many types of cancers as there are people, because each person’s cell makeup is unique, and each person reacts to cancer cells differently! Yeah! How many millions is the earth’s population now??? Ok, that said, my thinking is that the each person theory more relates to treatments, so back to my not so comprehensive list. Still impressive, in a very disturbing way.

My plan, as of right this minute, is to dedicate a blog to each entry on this list. I’ll go through, look at the entry in-depth, and put it in plain English. Its going to take time, I realize that. But I also realize this. If this information reaches ONE person who NEEDS it – its worth it. If this information gets one person to make that small lifestyle change that keeps them from contracting cancer – its worth it.

Becca, I have chosen my smoter. It is the written word, information. I do this for you, for all who suffer from this diabolical disease that can take so many forms. For those who have gone before, for those still fighting, for those caring for those who fight, for those who simply care. I do this for your blessed children, Judy and Charlie, who go on without their mother beside them because of this insidious disease. I do it for every single member of Curing Cancer With A Smile – no matter your role. Because at the end of the day, it’s all about awareness. This has been buried in the recesses too long. Lets return Cancer Research, Prevention and Cures to FRONT PAGE NEWS. Please, feel free to share this, and get the word out there – CANCER HAS BEEN ALLOWED A FREE REIN FOR WAY TOO LONG!!!

Thank you for your time reading this, it means a lot to me. Lets get the word out there – Cancer, your days are NUMBERED!

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2 Responses to A monumental task

  1. zippyrose says:

    EXCELLENT, my friend! And you are SO right. There are several types of melanoma alone…and treatments, more and more, are now being targeted at specific genes. Way to do your homework, Margie. We must increase awareness and a search for cures. That is the ONLY thing that makes any sense, and the best way to honor loved ones like Becca! XOXO

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