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Cancer/MS

Sadly, a couple of recent postings from pwms who have been dx’d with cancer.

It set me thinking if it has ever occurred the other way round - i.e. someone with cancer being dx’d with m.s.

  • I wonder if having certain conditions means you wont get m.s.? —

I like to imagine that having MS means nothing else bad will ever happen to me.

Clearly this is wishful thinking, but there’s only so much pessimism I can handle!

or looking at it the other way round does having m.s. mean there are certain conditions we don’t get.

I don’t know, but it is a question that has occurred to me before. If our immune system is so amazingly great that an alien invader enters the body, our immune cells rush to kick hell out of the invader, then get carried away and start on our myelin, then surely there would be some things that MS or another auto immune condition would actively protect against.

I know that I don’t get colds most of the time. I think I’ve had one cold in about 10 years. My feeling is that a cold virus comes near me and my immune system fights it off.

But that would surely mean that a UTI would stand no chance either, and that’s definitely not the case.

Or is it that viruses are fightable by the immune system but bacterial infection is not?

I really wish I’d tried to learn a bit more science when I was at school. Instead I think I studied harder at going out to parties, drinking, smoking and boys.

Sue

On a different (non MS) forum I post to I know of someone whose husband went through 2 episodes of serious cancer and when he was in remission be was diagnosed with MS. I am also sure that there have been posters on here who had cancer in the past only to be hit with MS later and lots of people here have had long and complex medical histories before MS came on the scene. One thing is sure, MS isn’t a “keep out of hospital” Golden Ticket.

don’t know if it’s right but read some years ago that no one with AIDS had ever gone on to develop MS.

[quote=“Ssssue”]

I don’t know, but it is a question that has occurred to me before. If our immune system is so amazingly great that an alien invader enters the body, our immune cells rush to kick hell out of the invader, then get carried away and start on our myelin, then surely there would be some things that MS or another auto immune condition would actively protect against.

I know that I don’t get colds most of the time. I think I’ve had one cold in about 10 years. My feeling is that a cold virus comes near me and my immune system fights it off.

But that would surely mean that a UTI would stand no chance either, and that’s definitely not the case.

Or is it that viruses are fightable by the immune system but bacterial infection is not?

I really wish I’d tried to learn a bit more science when I was at school. Instead I think I studied harder at going out to parties, drinking, smoking and boys.

Sue

[/quote] I did ask the same question to my nero before & he said, having m/s does not exclude from other probbs! our chances 50/50 halfway deal!, kinda sucks!!

angry, Julien.

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don’t know if it’s right but read some years ago that no one with AIDS had ever gone on to develop MS.

[/quote] enlightenedsurprise,sorry, but!

juju,

When I was first diagnosed with MS at 17, the doctor in the hospital said that he ‘was sorry that I had it, but on the upside I will never get cancer!’ So I went through a certain amount of years with a smug look on my face…until I developed breast cancer! So that goes to pot. But nowadays I just think that cancer is everywhere, no matter what other credentials there are. What would be most ideal to me would be if there is a one off treatment for MS that not bonly stops it in its tracks, but repairs any lesions and at the same time tastes of raspberries.

Moira

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More to do with the treatment than HIV, I’m afraid, but still interesting, I thought