Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Roger Ebert's Passing May Bring Awareness to Cancer Recovery

By Rob Sutter

Roger Ebert recently passed away and I don't think any passing has struck universal film fans nearly as much. People who remember the name regard him as potentially the best film critic one could imagine. He had done extensive work with Gene Siskel, reviewing a number of films with him before Siskel passed on due to brain tumor complications. People will always regard Ebert as one of the best people to ever be involved in film and as far as cancer recovery is concerned, it's a topic worth focusing on more often.

Anyone who understands cancer recovery knows that it's very hard to treat those located in the head and neck. In Ebert's case, it was a case of the thyroid being compromised and this resulted in him losing essential abilities such as that to speak and even eat. No matter how strong Ebert was, the truth of the matter is that one cannot go about direct surgery in those areas without expecting complications. Companies like Voices Against Brain Cancer understand the risks associated with it.

Brain surgery can be successful and then there's the time of recovery to follow. An article posted on Cleveland Live LLC spoke about how there could be a type of surgery made for those who had bouts of epilepsy in the past. The procedure is called multiple hippocampal transection and it is done by small incisions done through the circuits of the hippocampus. Where other surgeries could result in tremendous language of memory loss, the negative impacts of this are minimal, if any.

The article talked about a Seattle woman by the name of Gayle Waxon, who experienced her first seizure at age nineteen. Now that she is 44 years old, she has been unable to undergo this process and after many bouts of seizures being seen, the surgery made certain that they would not come about again. There were temporary side effects seen with language but those were cleared in due time. To say that Waxon has not undergone a seizure since is very telling about this procedure.

I think that cancer recovery has the chance to be done but it's all about how surgeries are conducted. I think that this story goes to show that new findings will come about but whether or not they will be tangible has to do with the amount of time given. This seems to be the case for anything that just comes down the pipeline: give it time and see what comes about. In the meantime, I will be more than happy to give my support to the industry and then some.

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