By now I'm sure everyone has heard about the passing of Patrick Swayze. I can't even begin to imagine the struggles he went through, the pain he and his family endured. At least -- maybe now -- the family can begin to find peace.
I don't hear about pancreatic cancer very often. I knew that Swayze had it, and it was mentioned on an episode of House last night. But I had no idea how horrific it is -- the statistics for those with pancreatic cancer are mind-numbing. Only 13% live for a year after diagnosis, and only 3% survive for five years. Wow.
But it sounds like there's hope. I ran across an article this morning about a new advance form of radiotherapy that can actually target the tumor, meaning higher doses of radiation can be used without damaging surrounding tissue. You can read more about it here -- it's actually quite an interesting article.
And a little hope can be a big thing.
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