Cancer chapter 14


Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

The Chapter on Cancer was informative. It was good to know about the cancers of the breasts, digestive systems, gynecologic, skin cancers etc. I know someone that just found out that his Lung cancer that he had a while back and that he went through chemo and they thought they got it all, is back now. From what I understand about his situation is he is in early stage 4, they caught it just as it left the lungs and he is taking a pill (do not know the name of it) and what it does is keep all the cancer cells that have left the lungs at bay so to speak. They will not multiply or travel as long as he takes this pill for the rest of his life. If he does stop taking it the cells will spread. Because of taking the pill he has a very bad rash on his face that should calm down after time when his body adapts better to him taking the pill. He was a smoker earlier in his life and has not smoked for years but I guess it got him anyway. I would not massage him if he asked for one, I would tell him that he has too much going on in his body right now. I liked learning about the TNM Staging and the tumor grading systems. Good knowledge to know.

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