Understanding Cancer’s Many Forms

January 19, 2011 in Blog by Willy-Landon

Cancer patient Rose (left) and her daughter, Iris, in The Trinity River Plays

The Trinity River Plays‘ Rose Spears deals with late-stage ovarian cancer, which went undiagnosed for a long time. She lived for roughly a year after diagnosis and her treatment began. While this is a dramatic situation in the lives of fictional characters, these instances are by no means fictional. Many women suffering from a malignant tumor, black or white or of another ethnicity, go undiagnosed. This can happen for any number of reasons; either the diagnosis misses it, the women avoid diagnosis, or the cancerous developments are not visible until they spread. Advanced stages of spreading cancer, called metastatic, are the leading cause of death from certain types of cancer.

The NY Times article below focuses on the narratives of women suffering from metastatic breast cancer. This is a side of the disease that many are not familiar with, but that has gained awareness in the wake of the death of Elizabeth Edwards. The article speaks about the lives of women coping with this Stage 4 cancer, as well as their trials with their treatment and problems within the advocacy community. To read the full text article, click here.

Comment below with your responses to the article – whether they be personal reactions or other focused on the nature of healthcare in America or the Pink Ribbon campaign, the withdrawal of the drug Avastin, or anything else. For further resources on dealing with cancer, rape and other issues visit our The Trinity River Plays resource pages. There, you’ll find helpful links, activites, media and more. You will also find links to other plays featuring characters who suffer from cancer.

John and Elizabeth Edwards in 2007