two responses.... Alex, I have found no medical research or Dr. who validates my question re: radiation and CML and then how do you explain all the other CMLers.
Dina..... I'm so sorry to hear you have to go thro a mastetcomy, I hear you about trying to do everything right and then you end up with THIS ! When I was having my bone marrow biopsy for CML I asked my onc what I did to bring this one on, wasn't breast cancer (that I caused of course) enough. She was horrified at my question. She must not know about all the beliefs out there among various groups who support it is caused by something we did wrong . We either lived in the wrong place, ate the wrong things, didn't to this or did do that. I hate it when people lay the fault of cancer at the feet of the cancer victim. Medical science is changing so rapidly I hope I can live long enough to see the day when they say "oh, we just found the cause of all cancer and guess what, none of you caused your own cancer. Makes me cry when I think about the blame I have felt, knowing what some of my closest friends believe.
The way breast cancer was described in a book I read by a noted breast cancer dr said every cell has an army of soldiers surrounding it and if one of those lays down it opens the door to cancer cells that are lurking in everyone's bodies. What makes that soldier cell lay down is what they don't know. Something effects your immune system (soldiers) and weakends them. What it is that effects this immune system is unknown in my opinion. Maybe you can look at one person with cancer and say well, look at the way they lived. But, there is another person right next to them that lived the same way and they don't have cancer.
Well, I've got to get off my soap box. I will say some prayers for you Dina. You can still have a long, fully enjoyable life with 1 breast and TKI's. It will get better and it will move to the back seat, it won't leave the car but it will become a little voice in the back seat. Right now it's a huge moster in your face and your families face all the time. Find and make ways to shut it up and have fun.