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AP: Elizabeth Edwards diagnosed with breast cancer

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by methomps, Nov 4, 2004.

  1. methomps

    methomps an imbecility, a stupidity without name

    Just saw it on CNN. She found a lump last week and was diagnosed yesterday.
  2. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go!

    Very sad. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery.

    Elizabeth Edwards Has Breast Cancer

    10 minutes ago

    By RON FOURNIER and RANDOLPH SCHMID, Associated Press Writers

    WASHINGTON - Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards (news - web sites), was diagnosed with breast cancer the day her husband and Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) conceded the presidential race.

    Spokesman David Ginsberg said Mrs. Edwards, 55, discovered a lump in her right breast while on a campaign trip last week. Her family doctor told her Friday that it appeared to be cancerous and advised her to see a specialist when she could.

    She put off the appointment until Wednesday so as not to miss campaign time.

    The Edwards family went straight to Massachusetts General Hospital from Boston's Faneuil Hall after Kerry and Edwards conceded on Wednesday.

    Mrs. Edwards had a needle biopsy performed at the hospital, where Dr. Barbara Smith confirmed the cancer, Ginsberg said.

    He said the cancer was diagnosed as invasive ductal cancer. That is the most common type of breast cancer, and can spread from the milk ducts to other parts of the breast or beyond.

    More tests were being done to determine how far the cancer has advanced and how to treat it, he said.

    Ginsberg said spirits are high at the Edwards household. "Everybody feels good about it, that this is beatable," he said.

    Edwards, who leaves his North Carolina Senate seat in January, said in a statement, "Elizabeth is as strong a person as I've ever known. Together, our family will beat this."

    The American Cancer Society (news - web sites) estimated that nearly 216,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

    Treatments have been getting better. The current five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 87 percent, up from 78 percent in the mid-1980s. About 40,000 women die of breast cancer annually.

    Overall, the society says about one in seven women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

    Invasive ductal cancer accounts for 65 percent to 80 percent of all breast cancers, according to the Merck Manual of Medical Information.

    Treatment usually begins with surgery, according to the National Cancer Institute (news - web sites). This could involve removal of the cancer itself and usually nearby lymph nodes. Lumpectomy, just removing the cancerous mass, is becoming more common, though sometimes removal of the whole breast is done.

    Surgery can be followed by chemotherapy, radiation or hormone therapy.

    Radiation can focus on a cancer site from a machine outside the body or use a radioactive substance placed near the cancer in "seeds" or via needle.

    Chemotherapy uses drugs that can stop or slow the growth of cancer that may have spread.

    Hormone therapy removes or blocks hormones that can encourage growth of cancer cells.

    In early stages of cancer a combination of the drug tamoxifen and hormone therapy is commonly used, the Cancer Institute reports.

    The Edwardses married in 1977. They have two daughters, Cate and Emma Claire and a son, Jack. Son Wade died in a 1996 traffic accident.

    Mrs. Edwards, born in Jacksonville, Fla., grew up hopscotching between the United States and Japan. She met her future husband at University of North Carolina law school.

    She juggled a successful legal career and family for 19 years. Then — stunned by Wade's death — she quit work to have more children at an age when many contemporaries were easing toward grandmotherhood.

    On the campaign, she dubbed herself the "anti-Barbie," a quick-witted, down-to-earth political wife who connected particularly well with mothers and fathers.
  3. buckeyefool

    buckeyefool He's back and better than ever!

    That really does suck, say what you want about her husbands party, and ideals, but thoughts and prayers out to the family
  4. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    Who says Karl Rove doesn't have mad skills?
  5. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    That's a shame. Poor John has had a rough couple days.

    Hopefully they found the cancer in time.
  6. DiHard

    DiHard Guest

    id hate to be her friggin doctors......i can imagine their hands shaking just checking her pulse....
  7. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

  8. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    I wouldn't touch her if I was a doctor. Teach her hubby to not bite the hand that saves lives.
  9. Buck Nasty

    Buck Nasty You'll have nothing and like it

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=6 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=alt2 style="BORDER-RIGHT: 1px inset; BORDER-TOP: 1px inset; BORDER-LEFT: 1px inset; BORDER-BOTTOM: 1px inset">Originally Posted by DiHard
    id hate to be her friggin doctors......i can imagine their hands shaking just checking her pulse....

    I was wondering how long it would take for a post like this. I know everyone thought it. Just short of 2 hours. I never thought it would take that long.

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