Skip to comments.Elizabeth Edwards Has Breast Cancer
Posted on 11/04/2004 11:45:38 AM PST by Justaham
Now that election is over, can we unit to pray for Elizabeth Edwards, diagnosed with breast cancer. What she has is an invasive type of cancer, which means that it could spread throughout her body in 3-6 months. ---------------- By RON FOURNIER and RANDOLPH SCHMID, Associated Press Writers
WASHINGTON - Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards (news - web sites), was diagnosed with breast cancer the day her husband and Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) conceded the presidential race.
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Spokesman David Ginsberg said Mrs. Edwards, 55, discovered a lump in her right breast while on a campaign trip last week. Her family doctor told her Friday that it appeared to be cancerous and advised her to see a specialist when she could.
She put off the appointment until Wednesday so as not to miss campaign time.
The Edwards family went straight to Massachusetts General Hospital from Boston's Faneuil Hall after Kerry and Edwards conceded on Wednesday.
Mrs. Edwards had a needle biopsy performed at the hospital, where Dr. Barbara Smith confirmed the cancer, Ginsberg said.
He said the cancer was diagnosed as invasive ductal cancer. That is the most common type of breast cancer, and can spread from the milk ducts to other parts of the breast or beyond.
More tests were being done to determine how far the cancer has advanced and how to treat it, he said.
Ginsberg said spirits are high at the Edwards household. "Everybody feels good about it, that this is beatable," he said.
Edwards, who leaves his North Carolina Senate seat in January, said in a statement, "Elizabeth is as strong a person as I've ever known. Together, our family will beat this."
The American Cancer Society (news - web sites) estimated that nearly 216,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
Treatments have been getting better. The current five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 87 percent, up from 78 percent in the mid-1980s. About 40,000 women die of breast cancer annually.
Overall, the society says about one in seven women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
Invasive ductal cancer accounts for 65 percent to 80 percent of all breast cancers, according to the Merck Manual of Medical Information.
Treatment usually begins with surgery, according to the National Cancer Institute (news - web sites). This could involve removal of the cancer itself and usually nearby lymph nodes. Lumpectomy, just removing the cancerous mass, is becoming more common, though sometimes removal of the whole breast is done.
Surgery can be followed by chemotherapy, radiation or hormone therapy.
Radiation can focus on a cancer site from a machine outside the body or use a radioactive substance placed near the cancer in "seeds" or via needle.
Chemotherapy uses drugs that can stop or slow the growth of cancer that may have spread.
Hormone therapy removes or blocks hormones that can encourage growth of cancer cells.
In early stages of cancer a combination of the drug tamoxifen and hormone therapy is commonly used, the Cancer Institute reports.
The Edwardses married in 1977. They have two daughters, Cate and Emma Claire and a son, Jack. Son Wade died in a 1996 traffic accident.
Mrs. Edwards, born in Jacksonville, Fla., grew up hopscotching between the United States and Japan. She met her future husband at University of North Carolina law school.
She juggled a successful legal career and family for 19 years. Then stunned by Wade's death she quit work to have more children at an age when many contemporaries were easing toward grandmotherhood.
On the campaign, she dubbed herself the "anti-Barbie," a quick-witted, down-to-earth political wife who connected particularly well with mothers and fathers.
She desrves prayers!!!! A rough thing to go through.
My prayers for her and her family will be said. I'll pray for a swift recovery.
Prayers and wishes for health for Mrs. Edwards.
Not good, but not the worst kind either.
God bless her; she and her family have had some severe disappointments and strains.
May the Good Lord renew her health, if it is His Will.
Has she found a doctor that will take the risk of treating her?
She has my prayers.
Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to be filed.
Prayers for the entire family. Their children are
so young to face a future without their mother.
Good Luck Elizabeth Edwards. Fight hard for the sake of those kids.
and AP writer RON FOURNIER - nice to see you're off the trash-the-President newsbeat but in the immortal words of Dick Cheney- FU
Sorry to hear it, but why is it posted in multiplicates?
BTW, my tag line is from Black Adder, has nothing to do with this story.
I think we all will extend our best wishes.
I mean, not doing so, that'd be like telling the parents of a homosexual daughter that they're ashamed of her. Who would do that?
Really though, I also hope for a full recovery.
Sad. Hopefully she will recover completely and use her influence to help others, especially in North Carolina.
Prayers on the way for Elizabeth and her family.
Is this a different case of breast cancer than the one mentioned 5 posts down from this on the breaking news sidebar?
I hope they caught this in time for her full recovery.
I wish her well on a speedy recovery.
Her children are the first thing I thought of.
Wonder if the hormones she took to achieve the late pregnancies were in any way a cause?
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