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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb My husband died three weeks ago, and on the death certificate the cause of death was listed as squamr-us cell carcinoma of lung metastatic to the brain I am terribly confused and can t clear my mind because I took my husband to the doctor for his toes, and he died in three weeks In October he bumped his toe which would not heal In November I took him to the doctor, and the doctor had him admitted immediately to the hospital, because my husband's legs were all swollen, and the toes were discolored While at home he was up and around but after only two days in the hospital he was bedridden and could hardly get out of bed Just after three weeks he passed away Can you explain how something like this could happen in just a short time9 If I don t get some kind of explanation, I feel I will lose mind, because I feel it was fault he was put in the hospital I feel that if he was home without all the tests and examinations perhaps he would not have gone so fast Can you enlighten me a little on the carcinoma and perhaps I won't feel so guilty about taking him to the hospital He was taking pills for emphysema for a number of years but was assured in April 1973 that he did not have cancer Dear Reader Since the time involved was only a little more than three weeks it is safe to assume that your husband already had the spread of cancer to the brain when you took him to the hospital The course of his illness would have been just as rapid, or more so, if you had not taken him to the doctor I m not surprised that your husband was bedfast, since he had a sore and swollen foot that would not heal I would suspect that he also had clots in the leg veins Cancer often increases the clotting tendency of the blood This may lead to leg clots and even the release of these into the veins and then to the lungs 'A hen cancer is the cause of this problem little can be done about it If cancer of the lung is to be cured it must be detected and removed very early in its course If spread has already occurred which is what metastatic means, there is little if anything, that can be done for lung cancer This is> not true for all other forms of cancer, however For example, you can do a lot even after spread of a prostatic cancer by various forms of treatment Unfortunately a lung cancer must be nearly a half inch in diameter and may already contain a billion cells before it can be detected by X ray It may have already spread from these cells before it can be detected That is one reason why it is important to prevent lung cancer whenever possible The best way to do this is not to smoke A'bout 90 per cent of cancers originating in the lung are seen m smokers Emphysema too is seldom seen in nonsmokers I presume from your husband having both of these problems that he was a smoker You should not even think that your taking vour husband to the hospital had anything to do with illness You did the right thing Unfortunately he needed more than a hospital could give by the time he got there Send your questions 10 Dr Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P O Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N Y 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on spastic colon, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Spastic Colon" booklet (Newspaper Enterprise Assn Fun with figures By J A H HUNTER SUS I E'S S I S TER S I S S I E SKIS I N S L S 1 E'S BIKINIS This could be difficult a real challenge Each letter stands for a different digit, so what do vou make of BIKINIS'' SUSIE'S SISTER (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday s answer River two miles wide Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN W4, Tht dilute Trikun North- South vulnerable. South deals NORTH A K J 10 9 7 2 V KQ5 OAT K3 WEST 4 Void EAST A Q 8 6 4 3 0 Q 10 9862 OKJ543 49852 SOUTH A J 10 9 4 2 0 Void 4 A Q J 10 6 4 The bidding South West North East 1 T Pass I 4 Pass 2 4 Pass 3 34 6 Pass 7 Pass Pass Pass Opening lead Ten of C That truth is stranger than fiction applies to bridge as much as to any other facet of bfe To prove our point, here is a hand from a recent rub- ber bridge game at New York's famous Cavendish Club Among the protagonists were some of this country's leading players Tho South's hand has tre mendous trick-taking power, he decided that it was not quite good enough for a jump shift to three clubs after North's one spade the possibility of a misfit was real, so it would be pre sumptuous to force to game until North had an opportu- nity to clarify his holding. However, when North could jump support South's first suit at his next turn, South brushed aside East's inter- ference and leaped straight to the heart slam Now it was North's turn to don his thinking cap He was looking at three key cards in South's two suits, yet South could leap to slam without even bothering to check for aces The only logical explanation was that South was void in a suit, and that he probably held 11 to 12 cards in his two suits Thus, the ace of diamonds rated to be a key card, for South was more likely to be void in spades than in dia monds in view of the bidding Accordingly, North con- tracted for seven hearts North s reasoning did not go far enough South had a singleton spade, yet the grand slam could not be beaten East surely had at least six spades to justify his bid of three spades in a suit already bid by his opponents, and North was looking at six spades of his own Thus, there was at most one spade unaccounted for If South held that spade, then West had to be void and could not lead the suit, and the ace of diamonds would provide a discard for declarer's losing spade And that was indeed the case Your horoscope ly team Dixon FRIDAY, APRIL Your birthday today: Opens a long campaign to get up and out of present limitations You are impatient for better things and willing to do something to get them, against strong competition and cross- current of changing times The balance tips in the final quarter and you're well on our way Relationships sustain the stress if you make a dedicated effort Today's natives have a flair for drama and perennial expectations of unique personal "luck ARIES (March 21-Aprll Control your temper long enough to see the humor of the situation, but don't expect much sympathy Family affairs are of more concern than career TAURUS (April 20-May Be wary of getting involved in discussions of finances Survev your household, see where want to make future changes get into the planning stage now GEMINI (May 21-June Any comment you make now tends to be taken much more harshly than is intended and it s probable that you do have some blunt criticism to offer CANCER (June 21-July Avoid complex confidential deals Keep to basic requirements in the prevailing difficult situation, making no exact promise of early perfection LEO (July 23-Aug. In material affairs you'll do better going it alone on a strictly conventional path, no hit-and-miss experiments or gambling Older people pose some strain VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sepl. Charity and many other qualities begin at home Cater to health and happiness of your own people in preference to business Top persistence with tact LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Machinery must be used with extra care Everybody off in fifty different directions, so ready cooperation is rare Begin to make adjustments this evening SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Your own drive runs stronger than your associates can cope with The temptation to speculate should be quashed you could wind up very short more rapidly than you imagine SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Flights of fancy generate extreme discussion There is no simple way to settle anything until rather late in the day no rush would help CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Continue along the same lines you've described Where others insist on changes, you have to let them off the hook as gracefully as you can AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Spending gets out of hand all too easily for what should be routine weekend supplies Others point out shortages, perhaps they exaggerate PISCES (Feb. 19-March Let people make their own decisions In proposing nothing beyond the necessary you diminish the chances of bickering over what is to be done 1974, The Chicago Tribune Ask Andy CHOLESTEROL Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Tonya Woods, age 12, of Peoria, Illinois, for her question What exactly is cholesterol? Modern young persons are very interested in diet This is fine, because obviously what we eat has a lot to do with whether we feel and look healthy However, the assimilation of food is a highly complex chemical business Sometimes we eat too much of one food while cutting out another which our bodies really need Nowadays, there is quite a bit of confusion about certain fatty foods called cholesterols First, let's remember that the scientific study of diet is fairly new and involves extremely complex chemical activities Even the simplest food contains a wide variety of chemical nutrients The body has a multitude of purposes for each of these nutrients and a multitude of varied processes to put these nutrients to work So let's not expect to learn the last word about diet in the near future In the meantime, let's not go for the latest diet fad which may go out of style when the experts learn more about it Something like this has occurred in the case of cholesterol Cholesterol is classed as a steroid biochemical, closely related to a large family of fatty substances Some years ago, medical researchers found large deposits of cholesterol in the blood vessels of patients with heart troubles and related diseases When this was made known, the conclusion was reached by many that cholestrol is some sort of poison that can do us all in Many people cut out saturated oils and tried to avoid all foods containing cholesterol Later, medical research revealed that though large quantities may be unhealthy, small amounts of cholesterol are necessary We get some in certain foods and the body makes some for itself We now know that cholesterol is needed for a variety of vital functions and processes the highest concentrations are in the fatty sheath material of the spinal cord, the nervous system and the brain Apparently cholesterol plays a role in the body's fabulous system of communications And this is not all The presence of cholesterol in the skin makes it possible for the body to process vitamin D from sunshine Cholesterol also is used to manufacture bile acids, needed in the digestive processes And this busy biochemical also is used in the manufacture of certain hormones that govern sex and growth We now know that small amounts of cholesterol are needed, but let's not gorge ourselves on cholestrol-nch foods Enough is enough and too much of anything fends to be disastrous Most of us already know that foods high in cholestrol include butter and eggs, fatty meats and certain oils But the secret of a healthy diet is variety A menu that includes a lot of smallish helpings of many different foods An overdose of anything, even water, can' be fatal Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1974) Flashback By The CANADIAN PRESS April 18, 1974 The great San Francisco earthquake broke across California 68 years ago today in 1906 shaking the earth from Los Angeles in the south to Coos Bay, Ore in the north, a distance of 750 miles The death toll stood at 452 as the San Andreas Fault broke over 270 miles The shock caused damage estimated at million in San Francisco and the fires which followed the earthquake added million in further damage Joe Antluo was an authority on Egyptian ana Babylonian culture His greatest accomplishment, however, was his famous work oiitheThiuat culture ANGLER FIRST! SHORT MBS JVE FOR A CLIPPER SHIP To PICK HIM M BEEN FEEDING- HIM MY ELMR SMART MONEY IN WE JUM'rt WX SNTESTiS IN MY ENTItf WITH AN EYE CWOPFEC HI AND LOIS YOU PIPN'T CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR 9NACKI BUGS BUNNY THE EN6INE HAS CEASED TO FUNCTION DO YOU HAVE A BOOK ON AUTO REPAIRS I COULD BORROW FDR. 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