Consequences of Cancer Over-Reaction

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Cancer seems to invoke fear like no other malady. I believe its fearsome reputation stems largely from a perceived high incidence of cancer in the young, a group that where death seems unnatural and certainly unfair. Young people rarely have heart attacks and strokes, leading causes of death in older people.

Cancer a very broad, ill-defined label, with prominence in the minds of healthy people. That leads to over-reacting and focusing on extreme outcomes. Two of the more common maladies, breast cancer and prostate cancer epitomize this.

Mastectomy is deemed by many to be over-treatment on women having a non-virulent form of the malignancy shown on  mammogram. Such radical surgery would certainly diminish a patient’s quality of life and would be tragic if unnecessary. A far less-intrusive procedure would be to excise the cyst, followed by chemical or radiation therapy. Yet, the mere mention of breast cancer brings to mind mastectomy and subsequent disfigurement.

Radical treatment for prostate cancer is similar, with the added feature of the cure often being worse than the disease. A surgical remedy can bring on impotence or incontinence as side effects. Prostate cancer is a natural consequence of aging. Old men tend to have the malady, though they usually die from some other cause.

A bit of a misnomer, the term “cancer” connotes death, though prostate cancer very rarely kills. If the condition carried a different name, such as “prostatic enlargement” or “masculine aging syndrome,” the scourge might have the obscurity it deserves.

In my book, Adam… Forever, surgeon-geneticist Adam Boatwright and violinist wife Vera do over-react to prospective breast cancer. Adam wears blinders and doesn’t consider treatments other than mastectomy, perhaps because he had been a practicing surgeon. His wife won’t consider surgery, which would likely end her concert career. Fearing pressure from her husband, Vera will not even take the test for the BRCA gene, carried by her mother and aunt who both died from breast cancer, and by her dying sister.

All of this leads to a strange dynamic and unpredictable consequences.


Prequel to the Adam’s Chronicles series. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

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