If we could provide this kind of information more routinely for patients, it would be extremely valuable in guiding decisions on treatment and follow-up.”“The mathematical techniques we borrowed for our study were originally developed to measure the time when new species of plants and animals arose during evolution.Our research was able not only to track the genetic evolution of the cancer, but also to put precise timings on each stage in a cancer’s progression.Studying a single case of bowel cancer in great detail revealed that in some patients the disease can start to spread within only a year of cancerous cells first appearing, much more quickly than previously thought.The research will help doctors understand exactly how long it takes for tumours to develop, first spread to another site in the body, and eventually become untreatable.You may then get angry because you are not getting the support you need.
The research also provided important clues about what makes some cancers spread rapidly – and suggested that genetic instability, where either whole chromosomes or sections of chromosomes are duplicated or missing, could be more important than spread round the body for determining the prognosis and response to treatment.“It stripped away all of my male identity,” says Fuehrer, now 40, whose treatment left him impotent for nearly a year. ” Keep up with this story and more “The cure isn’t enough,” says Fuehrer, a former research consultant at Pfizer and GE who now sits on the board of directors for Stupid Cancer, a nonprofit focusing on young adult cancer.“Impotency to a guy is so much more than your thing doesn’t function. “Just the fact that more people are living, that’s wonderful, but more people are living with really awful stuff they now have to deal with.”Cancer is a ruthless, nefarious disease, and oncologists are vigilant about shrinking cancers and preventing their spread. But these treatments often bring with them a horror show of sexual side effects, from impotence to vaginal shrinkage and dryness.If there’s stuff affecting your relationship that you can’t talk to them about, talking to a member of your YCS team or a counsellor might help.Can Teen also provides a free and confidential counselling service. It is normal that you and your partner won’t always feel the same way.