Doctor Addresses Eddie Van Halen's Theory That Putting Metal Picks In Mouth Caused Him Cancer
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Oct 16 2019, 10:38 PM
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AK Rich
Oct 17 2019, 06:12 PM
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I have been seeing quite a few stories about Eddie's health lately in the news feed on my phone. I guess he is in denial as to why he is having problems but it seems pretty clear to me being a former smoker myself for over 35 years and contracting Lung Cancer. There is no question in my mind as to where it came from.
I don't know if he still smokes or not but from what I have heard about him, he wasn't just a smoker, but a heavy smoker and a chain smoker where you use the last bit of one cigarette to light the next one and so on.

Since I was diagnosed, I have lost two good friends to Lung Cancer. The last was a fellow band mate. I just played at his Celebration of Life on Sunday at a local bar.
If you smoke. Do yourself, your family and your friends a favor and do whatever you can to quit because it's just not worth it no matter how much you enjoy it. Smoking kills.

PS: For me, it took being diagnosed with Lung Cancer to finally quit smoking. Don't be "that guy."

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Oct 18 2019, 01:20 AM
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QUOTE (AK Rich @ Oct 17 2019, 12:12 PM) *
I have been seeing quite a few stories about Eddie's health lately in the news feed on my phone. I guess he is in denial as to why he is having problems but it seems pretty clear to me being a former smoker myself for over 35 years and contracting Lung Cancer. There is no question in my mind as to where it came from.
I don't know if he still smokes or not but from what I have heard about him, he wasn't just a smoker, but a heavy smoker and a chain smoker where you use the last bit of one cigarette to light the next one and so on.

Since I was diagnosed, I have lost two good friends to Lung Cancer. The last was a fellow band mate. I just played at his Celebration of Life on Sunday at a local bar.
If you smoke. Do yourself, your family and your friends a favor and do whatever you can to quit because it's just not worth it no matter how much you enjoy it. Smoking kills.

PS: For me, it took being diagnosed with Lung Cancer to finally quit smoking. Don't be "that guy."


Good to hear from you. I know you mentioned this, but is seems like maybe 2 years ago? They have made great strides. I've been lucky so far, no serious medical issues, hope things go well for you.

My best friend, a smoker, died of colon cancer. I used to smoke, hell even right before I was in triathlons, long courses at that. I had tried to quit many times, but couldn't give it up. But my last smoke was on the day of my friends "Celebration of LIfe" 22 years ago. Not out of fear for myself, but because they had killed my best friend. I never even wanted one after that.

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QUOTE (fkalich @ Oct 17 2019, 04:20 PM) *
Good to hear from you. I know you mentioned this, but is seems like maybe 2 years ago? They have made great strides. I've been lucky so far, no serious medical issues, hope things go well for you.

My best friend, a smoker, died of colon cancer. I used to smoke, hell even right before I was in triathlons, long courses at that. I had tried to quit many times, but couldn't give it up. But my last smoke was on the day of my friends "Celebration of LIfe" 22 years ago. Not out of fear for myself, but because they had killed my best friend. I never even wanted one after that.


Thank you, fkalich. I finished 13 and a half months of treatment about 8 weeks ago, 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy followed by a year of immunotherapy but unfortunately after all of that, and all the scans that showed promising results, in the end I received some bad news that was like a punch in the gut.

The good news was that the main tumor and the affected lymph nodes in my chest that were being treated were gone and all that remained from the tumor in my lung was some scar tissue. The bad news was that somehow during all of that treatment, the cancer had escaped to the lower part of my body.

A PET/CT scan about 6 weeks after my treatment had finished revealed some activity in my small intestine, adrenal glands and right hip. The only indication of this in the earlier scans was from back in December after my last PET/CT where my adrenal glands lit up slightly.
My oncologist requested an upper endoscope and MRI to take a closer look at what was going on. The endoscope showed some inflammation in the small intestine (Duodenum) but no lesions or mass and the surgeon took a couple biopsies and sent them to a lab which showed positive results for the proteins related to the lung cancer. Those biopsies were then sent to another lab for further analysis to determine a course of action as to the kind of additional treatment that will be needed.

So, next week I will see my oncologist again at which time he will have those additional lab results and the results of the MRI and until then I won't know what's next but it sounds like it could be more chemotherapy infusions or maybe just a pill to take. The one thing I do know is that what was once curable is now only manageable and now the goal has changed from curing the cancer to trying to put it into remission.

And so the fight goes on.

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