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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-01-19 05:58
Subject: [cancer] Nobody told me I'd have teeth like this
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Tags:calendula, cancer, personal, portland
Plaque? Dental plaque? A plague of plaque, of Biblical proportions, from the department of weird chemo side effects.

What is chemo doing to my arteries?

Oi.

In other news, back home to Portland this afternoon. calendula_witch arrives tomorrow morning.

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Autopope
User: autopope
Date: 2010-01-19 14:26 (UTC)
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Let me guess: chemo is hammering your immune system along with the cancer (it primarily affects cell lineages which are actively reproducing; your immune and blood systems fall into this category, along with the cancer). Plaque is actually a bacterial biofilm. When the immune system's at bay, bacteria may play.

Might be an idea to invest in some extra strength anti-bacterial mouthwash and use it multiple times a day. Or leave it alone, as an indicator of other stuff. (If you get a cough or an infection? Go see a doctor immediately. Stuff you can shrug off while your immune system is fully functional can be life-threatening when it isn't.)

Apologies if you already know this stuff. I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Edited at 2010-01-19 02:27 pm (UTC)
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