Peter Jennings' lung cancer

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  1. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    You've probably already read about it:

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    And so now we face the very real possibility that the last of the "big three" anchors will retire. In another article at CNN, it's stated that the prognosis for patients such as Jennings is not very good.

    I've gotta admire his desire to work as much as he can, however. I've always liked the guy, and it's a terrible shame that 9/11 drove him back to the cancer sticks. Guess we all cope in our own ways, but geez... :(
     
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    This is such bad news. He's a high profile figure and the best thing from this is he is in the position to bring more public awareness to lung cancer, and cancer in general.
     
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    This is actually the first I hear of this. I would've never guessed he was a smoker either. Maybe this is what it takes to get people to stop smoking.
     
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    Cancer sucks.

    My mother in law has advanced lung cancer. 6 months from diagnosis. Through all the treatment the only effects she has had was loosing her hair and coughing up a little blood.

    There are new drugs which are very good at fighting the cancer. There are drugs which are good at fighting the side effects.

    Look to see him doing epo commericials in a year or so.
     
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    I would like to believe that this would draw more attention to the health risks associated with smoking, but good grief. We've had umpteen years' worth of Surgeon General's warnings right there on the carton (e.g. "Warning: The Surgeon General has determined that smoking may cause your limbs to shrivel up and fall off") and people still don't seem to get it.
     
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    I agree with you on that one. It's amazing that people continue to start smoking when they know the health risks. There aren't that many left smoking who started before all the Surgeon General's warnings.

    I know there was a thread here awhile back on "who's a smoker" or something like that, but I never read it. I probably should just to get people's feedback on why they do it - it's something that is difficult for me to comprehend.
     
  8. Thomas Veil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Eh. You think differently when you're young. Many teens who try cigarettes for the first time readily acknowledge that it tastes like smokestack exhaust, but if everybody you hang with is doing it, and you want to be one of the gang, the temptation level may be greater than your revulsion to the smell/taste.

    My sons both got hooked that way. Both quit, but one has gone back to smoking...and I hope (as mentioned above) the publicity about Jennings will scare him into renewing his efforts to quit.
     
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    Ahh, I'm not worried. I'm sure he'll be fine. The stuff they can do these days the prognosis should be very good.
     
  10. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I wasn't aware that he smoke before this either.

    My prayers are with him and his family. I totally disagree with all his views, but he is still a human being. Would be interested to know the actual type of lung cancer that he was diagnosed with. The type will have everything to do with treatment and prognosis. The treatment can often be worse than the disease from personal experience as a nurse. :(
     
  11. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    Another unfortunate man who has fallen victim to cancer sticks. My grandfather died of Emphysema from smoking, though he had quit 5 years or so before that. If I had one wish, it would be that these things are wiped from the face of the Earth. Nothing good has come from cigarretes...ever...
     
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    I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. My maternal grandfather also had Emphysema an TB. He was in World War I. Smoked all of his life. He died at a VA hospital. Remember him fondly as the one that taught me to ride a bicycle.

    Dying of emphysema, lung cancer, or any other lung disease is a very painful way to die. It's very anxiety producing not being able to breath, essentially suffocating. :(
     

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