I did see a couple of familiar faces of other caregivers (i.e. names) on the viewing lists last night and it was wonderful to know that these individuals are keeping informed like myself.....they are not leaving everything up to their oncologist or kidney cancer specialist...but we are all becoming "experts" of sort on the type of treatments that are now available and we will have first hand knowledge about how to prevent or treat our loved ones side effects if they should occur.
The presentation was given by Ms. Laurie Appleby, NS, APRN who is on the advisory board for http://www.kidneycancer.org/ and who is associated with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University. I have sat through many similiar webinars in the past, but I must congratulate Ms. Applyby on her very informative presentation, which was given to us lay patients/caregivers, in a language that could be easily understood. Sometimes I have found that discussions about kidney cancer can become very professional and more suited for the medical experts, and I leave such presentations with a feeling of total ignarance about what has been said.
A very encouraging opening statement by Ms. Applyby on the topic of kidney cancer was to reiterate the fact that kidney cancer is now becoming a CHRONIC DISEASE similiar to diabetes, heart disease or asthma. "Chronic" meaning that for the most part, this type of cancer can be controlled through the use of targeted therapies and not a "terminal" disease as most cancer patients are told by their physicians. Cancer patients reading today's post need to repeat the word "chronic" again, many times over so that they can be encouraged about all of the recent innovations that have evolved for kidney cancer over the past 3 years...truly amazing and indeed, very encouraging to say the least!!! I have previously discussed the terms of "chronic versus terminal" disease in an earlier post from October 2009 and you can access what I have written by scrolling down to the Blog Archive on the left side of this blog and going to that particular month.
I'll continue with more info on last's night webinar in another post later today.
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