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[cancer] The world's weirdest drug side effect: Eyelashes - Lakeshore
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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-02-05 04:49
Subject: [cancer] The world's weirdest drug side effect: Eyelashes
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Tags:cancer, child, family, funny, health, personal, photos, radiantlisa, weird
I'm on Vectibix, which is an anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody. One side effect of this type of drug is excessive eyelash growth.

Seriously.

I am not kidding.

Of late my vision has been getting foggy due to runaway eyelash growth. And people have been commenting on my unusually lush eyelashes, included various nurses while I was in the hospital recently. So last night, [info]the_child and Mother of the Child undertook to trim my eyelashes. Lisa Costello was kind enough to photo document. (Note this is a profound act of trust in your trimmer's very steady hands.)

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My right eyelashes have been trimmed, my left eyelashes have not yet

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The operation in progress

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Me, trying not to struggle

Yeah, cancer is weird. The Great Eyelash Caper of Ought Thirteen brought to you by my disease and its discontents.




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Jay Lake: funny-buddahomer
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-02-05 13:06 (UTC)
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I got no clue. My oncologist explained it was a known side effect, but did not enlighten me as to the mechanism.
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russ: lyles constant
User: goulo
Date: 2013-02-05 18:11 (UTC)
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Well that's something I didn't expect to see! :)
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Jennifer Brozek
User: jennifer_brozek
Date: 2013-02-05 23:13 (UTC)
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The last time we were on skype, I noticed your eyelashes and was quietly jealous of them. I had no idea they were a side effect.
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