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The Elephant in the Room: Stories About Cancer Patients and by Jonathan Waxman

By Jonathan Waxman

The Elephant within the Room is a set of brief tales that creatively speak the melanoma patient’s trip. The tales, in line with real-life bills, are outfitted round the idiosyncratic relationships among sufferers and their medical professionals. utilizing humor, empathy and knowledge, Jonathan Waxman explores the very human facet of melanoma in addition to supplying specialist statement at the medical elements of analysis and treatment of this affliction. those tales convenience and entertain, tell and interact, and are a deal with to learn for someone whose lifestyles has been tormented by melanoma.

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The regulatory controls are reset, and lead to an Chapter 1. Rick’s Big Adventure 27 increase in the activity of cells in bone called osteoclasts. In turn, these osteoclast cells are stimulated to dissolve bone and the bones’ calcium content is released from the bone into the blood so that blood calcium levels become unnaturally high. This high calcium level may lead to a galaxy of strange symptoms ranging from confusion to constipation. This is because high blood calcium levels bathing the bodies’ tissues interfere with the way that the bodies’ cells conduct electrical currents.

This is a situation where cancer cells are borne by the blood stream to settle in bone. There, lodged in the fabric of the bone, the cancer cells grow and divide and eat away at the bone matrix. As they grow, the cancer cells spit out calcium from the bone into the blood stream. There is another reason for a raised blood calcium level. High calcium can be caused by the release from the tumour itself of a hormone that interferes with the normal regulation of blood calcium levels. The regulatory controls are reset, and lead to an Chapter 1.

Rick’s Big Adventure 27 increase in the activity of cells in bone called osteoclasts. In turn, these osteoclast cells are stimulated to dissolve bone and the bones’ calcium content is released from the bone into the blood so that blood calcium levels become unnaturally high. This high calcium level may lead to a galaxy of strange symptoms ranging from confusion to constipation. This is because high blood calcium levels bathing the bodies’ tissues interfere with the way that the bodies’ cells conduct electrical currents.

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