Life Expectancy, Part 1

Cancer doesn’t just rob you of your future…

Cancer kills by robbing you of the present, too.

Here, for your perusal is a partial list of the ways that cancer has and continues to rob this cancer patient of the most precious thing he has–and the most precious thing we all have: TIME.

Note: If you get exhausted merely browsing the list below, just imagine how it feels to actually live this list–with all the physical and emotional pain–not to mention having to pay for it and wrestling with the often mindless and heartless bureaucracy of it all.

Alas, such is just one of the many prices one must pay in order to stay alive.


Daily Time Sinks (organizing & taking your meds, hot flashes, night sweats)

Colonoscopies/Upper Endoscopies: 14 x 8 hours= 112 hours (annually, ongoing)

Cystoscopies: 4 x 2 hours = 8 hours

Left Inguinal Hernia Surgery: 1 x 10 = 10 hours

Genetic Counseling: 1 x 4 hours = 4 hours

Hemicolectomy Surgery: 5 x 24 hours = 120 hours

Ophthalmology (retinal bleeding, eyelid lesion): 6 x 2 hours = 12 hours

Right Inguinal Hernia Surgery: 1 x 10 = 10 hours

Umbilical Hernia Surgery: 1 x 10 = 10 hours

Skin Lesion Biopsies & Suture Removal: 150 x 3 hours = 450 hours

Skin Lesion Excisions (not Mohs): 30 x 3 hours = 90 hours

Urologist Visits: 12 x 2 hours = 24 hours

Dermatology Exams: 45 x 2 hours = 90 hours (every 2 months, ongoing)

Psychological Counseling: 4 x 2 hours = 8 hours

Sebaceous Adenoma Excisions: 50 x 4 hours = 200 hours

Sebaceous Carcinoma Excisions: 12 x 4 hours = 48 hours

Mohs Surgery & Reconstruction (nose): 2 x 14 hours = 28 hours

Prostate Biopsy: 1 x 2 hours = 2 hours

EKGs (potential arrythmias induced by Acalabrutinib): 10 x 2 hours (every 3 months, ongoing)

Chemotherapy Training: 1 x 3 hours = 3 hours

Bilateral Nephrostomy Surgery/Hospitalization: 3 x 24 hours = 72 hours

Emergency Interventional Radiology Procedures (Nephrostomy complications): 5 x 4 hours = 20 hours

Urine Cytology: 16 x 2 hours = 32 hours (every 3 months, ongoing)

Exploratory Cystoscopic Surgery: 1 x 6 hours = 6 hours

Pneumonia Vaccine, 1 x 1 hour = 1 hour

Pelvic Bone Marrow Biopsy: 1 x 3 hours = 3 hours

Arm Bone Marrow Biopsy: 1 x 3 hours = 3 hours

Covid Testing (required for each hospital-based procedure): 8 x 2 hours = 16 hours

Home Nurse Visits (care for Nephrostomy wounds): 10 x 1 hours = 10 hours

Zometa Infusions: 15 x 1 hour = 15 hours (every 4 weeks, ongoing)

Pharmacy SNAFUs = 20 hours

Evusheld Injection: 1 x 1 hour = 1 hour

Lupron Injections: 13 x 1 hour = 13 hours (every 3 months, ongoing)

Foley Catheter Removal: 1 x 1 hour = 1 hour

Flu Vaccine: 12 x 1 hour = 12 hours (annual)

Liver Biopsy: 1x 4 hours = 4 hours.

Oncologist Visits: 60 x 2 hours = 120 hours (frequent, ongoing)

Urine Cultures (to check for UTIs): 6×2 ours=12 hours

Taxotere Chemotherapy Infusions & Neulasta Onpro Installations: 6 x 5 hours = 30 hours

Radiation Treatments: 12 x 3 hours = 36 hours (but actually an entire month lost to debilitating exhaustion)

Imaging (Esophograms, Ultrasounds, X-rays, CT Scans, MRIs, PET Scans, Bone Scans): 40 x 3 hours = 120 hours (ongoing)

Blood Draws: 220 x 1 hour = 220 hours (ongoing)

Port-a-Cath Installation: 1 x 6 hours = 6 hours

Keytruda Infusions: 30 x 2 hours = 60 hours (every 3 weeks, ongoing)

Health Insurance SNAFUs: 45 hours (never ending)


So many precious heartbeats, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years lost forever.


continue… Life Expectancy, Part 2

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