Query by Dessy Jo: What varieties of cancer are the most common in teenagers and how do they influence a man or woman?
I am producing a story and I want the major character to stop up acquiring cancer. Although I have heard about cancer and go through tales about it, I have come to understand I know absolutely nothing about the horrific ailment.
*What kinds of cancer are the most typical in teen ladies?
*How would these cancers have an effect on you, hair decline etc.
*I know there are levels determining how much together most cancers is, what are these levels? How long do you have to stay usually for the duration of each stage, like how extended would you have to stay if you are identified with phase 2 cancer?
*What would be the simplest most cancers to cover? I don’t want it plainly obvious to every 1 she satisfies, I want the primary character to be capable to disguise it up until finally the point she’s heading to die or fairly close. Is that feasible?
*Also how prolonged would you usually live with no treatments. Could most cancers go absent with no treatment method and if you gained treatment method a yr following becoming diagnosed would it have any influence?
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I did know it was the therapy that induced hair loss, guess I ought to have made that clear dependent on your responses.
I regard your answers, I actually do. But that’s the cause I’m inquiring. I want to understand about most cancers. Do you think individuals who compose about serial killers and criminal offense scenes know what it feels like to murder somebody, what the procedure is when an officer is questioning you, or how to disguise the murder scene? No. They research what they want to publish about. They view criminal offense demonstrates/motion pictures, go through about it, speak to folks who have been there and accomplished that.
Solution by Denisedds
Create about what you know.
Cancer isn’t typical in young adults.
Out of each and every one million folks beneath 20 several years old one hundred forty get cancer.
NO cancer brings about hair reduction.
It is very clear from your questions this is not a subject you must be composing about.
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Denise is right – as always.
You clearly don’t know about cancer. You need to be writing about what you know.
You know nothing about cancer, ergo, you should not be writing about it.
Cancer isn’t common in teenagers, period. Out of every million people under 20, only a handful will get cancer. Cancer also doesn’t cause hair loss. That’s the treatment.
Write about something that won’t offend people. People who have gone through cancer don’t want to read badly written fiction by someone who has absolute no clue what they are talking about.
Stick to something you understand. A valuable lesson, I think.
Those people are jerks. Obviously she isn’t going to be mass printing the book, it’s just to help with her writing. ALSO, she is learning. Is it better to stay ignorant about something and move on to something easier? SHE’S USING YAHOO ANSWERS AS A SOURCE OF LEARNING. dream crushers.
My cousin died of cancer a few years ago, and I don’t find this offensive at all.
While it isn’t common, IT DOES HAPPEN. My cousin was 12. He was diagnosed with Lymphona when he was 5, the tumor was taken out, he was cancer free. Then, when he was 9, he was rediagnosed and eventually the treatment was doing more harm then it was good. He went home where he could die peacefully.
He lost his hair, both times, from Chemotherapy. Do more outside research on that.
Stages of cancer (generally, not all are the same):
Stage 0Carcinoma in situ.
Stage I, Stage II, and Stage IIIHigher numbers indicate more extensive disease: Larger tumor size and/or spread of the cancer beyond the organ in which it first developed to nearby lymph nodes and/or organs adjacent to the location of the primary tumor.
Stage IVThe cancer has spread to another organ(s).
Sure, it’s possible. All cancer could somewhat be hidden, as long as she doesn’t have a tumor growing out of a very visible place. (My cousin had a tumor in his stomach,a round the size of a small melon) But, they become very weak and pale. Sometimes real people don’t even realize they have cancer and they have only months to live.
Cancer is something that is somewhat mysterious. The cells can divide in many different ways, theres always a new thing popping up. That is why it is so hard to find a cure for. My cousin’s cancer went away for the first time after treatment, the second time he was so far along, and the various treatments didn’t work. It could very well go away with no treatment, it’s unlikely, but It can happen..
It was almost cruel to continue to keep my cousin alive by the different treatments. He was unable to eat or swallow after a while, and it became so painful. It was time for him to go.
There are cancerous tumors, and uncancerous tumors. (or benign)
Go ahead and do a bit more research. I believe there is a movie (and book) about a girl with cancer, called “My sister’s keeper.” that might help give perspective just a bit. But the book and movie are very different.
Writers who are serious about researching a subject they lack personal experience in or a depth of academic knowledge of so they can have their characters authentically portray it rarely seek out help from a site like Yahoo Answers where you have people recommending saccharine melodrama like “My Sister’s Keeper” as a reliable resource. If you’re sincerely interested in learning about cancer, make more of an effort to genuinely learn about it from solid sources. There are numerous reputable websites with information about cancer and the types that most often affect teens and children, such as the Mayo Clinic and the American Cancer Society. Several excellent books also give you more insight about what cancer is and how it impacts those who have it. “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” is incredibly interesting and informative. There are literally hundreds of books about virtually every type of cancer from a multitude of perspectives. If you wanting to read autobiographies about teenage experiences with cancer, I’m sure you can find them.
Before you roll up your sleeves and start plowing through books and website to obtain your research you need to consider whether making your protagonist have “the horrific disease” of cancer is a wise or an original writing strategy. Why does she have it? What’s the purpose? What about your writing would make it distinctive? Is it simply a cheap emotional ploy? Writing about a teenage girl who heroically battles cancer, or even one who just clumsily stumbles her way through it is so paint-by-number and uninspired. It is the writing equivalent of an amateur singer theatrically belting out “My Heart Will Go On” and thinking they’re moving the audience when actually their tears are caused by boredom and the assault to their ears. Readers want something that awakens something inside of them, makes them laugh, takes them on an adventure, or gives them an honest depiction of a challenge. Scrap your plans and come up with something that is genuine.
Anyway, I’ll answer your questions just for your info and because I can’t sleep.
* No type of cancer is common amongst teen girls. The majority of people with any type of cancer are over the age of 45. Of course youth doesn’t make you immune to cancer, but it does significantly lower your chances of having it. The types of cancer teens do get are types of leukemia (AML or ALL), Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Osteosarcoma, and Ewing sarcoma. I had HL at 16-17.
* How the cancer would affect you would entirely depend on the type you have, your staging, your treatments, and your other medical particulars. My chemo was given in month-long “cycles” that consisted of two treatments given two weeks apart. I had it as an outpatient on Fridays twice a month, and medicine along with holistic treatments like acupuncture helped side effects to abate quickly. I usually felt vibrant and in bloom again by Monday. I had radiation following chemo, and the process itself was fairly quick and painless, but some of the side effects were harder.
* The stages for most types of cancer are 1-4. It’s different with brain tumors. For HL you also are staged as A (asymptomatic) or B (symptomatic). B is more advanced. There’s favorable and unfavorable and a lot of other diagnostic distinctions, and they vary depending on the type of cancer you have. Your survival rate is also primarily dependent on the type of cancer you have rather than the staging of it. A teen with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 4B could still have a strong survival prognosis. I was advanced stage and was given every reason to feel optimistic that I’d live a long life after cancer. My personal story was really never a tearjerker.
* Being able to hide your cancer would again depend on what you have. I kept my HL as private as possible and told those who needed to know immediately and everyone else when I felt comfortable being open. If you’re having treatment as an outpatient and aren’t missing a lot of school and don’t lose all your hair it’s obviously easier to keep it guarded than if you were hospitalized for lengthy stays. Your idea of the character hiding until she’s about to die is flawed.
* Again, it totally depends on the cancer. I had a massive tumor larger than my heart tucked between my heart and my spine, so I’m pretty sure I’d be dead by now if I just let it be, but since treatment was effective I am here answering this for you.
Pick a new premise.