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Beating cancer is a victory to a race no one wants to run. For those that survive, it can be life-affirming. For care providers, nothing is more rewarding than saving someone's life.

Major_Blackbird asked: Doctors of reddit, what was the best reaction of a patient after receiving the message that they're cancer free?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.


Cancer is no joke.

He came to his last chemo dressed as a clown wearing a sash that read 'Last Chemo Today.' Not gonna lie, I cried. I'd lost 5 patients that week, two of whom I'd become very close to.

dudeimmadoc

My very charismatic and optimistic friend got cancer in high school, and his nurses cried in front of him multiple times because they were sure he was going to die. He said it was unreal being surrounded by people dying all the time, especially because he was in a children's hospital.

Dingdingbanana

Is he ok now?

Flowerpowers

He survived the cancer.

Dingdingbanana

Flying to victory.

I'm a medical student on the pediatric oncology floor right now, and yesterday a 2-year-old just had her last chemo treatment. She got to ring the bell (for kids who finish treatments) and she was wearing fairy wings and went around and hugged each nurse who cared for her. She had a tough course - a year of chemo, stem cell transplants, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy - and it was so wonderful to see her celebrate.

shrob86

2 years old, one year treatment. Half her life was a battle. It is unimaginable to think about it. True warrior.

_NoTimeNoLady_

Yeah she's such a rock star. She was a big Frozen fan and always had me listen to her Elsa doll's heart after I'd check hers!

shrob86

Party in the ward!

Not a doctor but I'm an oncology nurse and the best reaction was when one of my favorite patients put on his call light and when I went to see what he needed he had his provider in the room. He asked her to repeat what she just said to him which was "the scans are clean - the masses have gone." We both freaked out and basically screamed and cried together.

His wife recently just sent our unit a photo of him and their first child just born in February and wrote that he's still cancer free!

chewybears

Hey mom, I won.

Not a doctor. But one summer I cleaned in the hospital.

Everyday I would clean the room of a woman with cancer, and the second I walk in she would ask if her hair looked good. Always pointing to her wig at a fake head and laughing.

One day I walked in when she just hung up the phone while crying. I apologized and asked if she needed a nurse or something. She told me that she just shared the news with her mom that she was cancer free.

Rattenkoningin

Who put these onions here?!

Arrtus

Ding dong the disease is dead.

I literally saw a video just yesterday either on FB or here of a woman just ringing the f*ck out of that bell and it was one of the happiest things I've ever seen. I mean just banging it and giving it whiplash lol

My cousin is currently going through radiation and chemo treatments so hopefully this will be her one day soon!

ViennaHughes

My aunt passed just over a year ago. She never got to ring that damn bell. I'm so happy for the lady you described in the video. But dammit, I miss my aunt even more right now. Best wishes for your cousin!

Heemsah

For some, the win is unbelievable.

They asked if I could check again.

Sayanythingforupvote

Well, did you?

i_boop_cat_noses

I'd check as many times as they would ask.

darkbee83

MyChart is the Xanax of medical apps.

Not a doctor, I'm a survivor.

I wasn't actually told in conversation of the good news. I finished treatment, had the follow up scans, and then radio silence.

I kept telling myself that if it was bad news I'd definitely be getting a call. There's always that nagging "what if" though. Weeks later I see that medical notes from the last PT and CT are available for viewing through MyChart (an app for health services stuffs).

I begin scouring it discerning English from Latin based medical terminology, and there it was.

"No evidence of cancer"

It's now been two years since I finished treatment, and it feels like another lifetime ago. A different me.

For those of you going through this. I'm sorry. It's a thing. But it's just a thing. A thing you will get through and conquer. Keep that focus pointing positive and surround yourself with it. You can do this. It's hard, not impossible. You are enough. You got this.

_Jedidicktricks

Samsies. They don't wanna tell you, just in case they are wrong. I learned when the check out receptionist didn't schedule a future appointment. I kinda wanted a ceremony, a certificate of merit or something.

Never got it. So I made up a bunch of my own rituals. Jumped naked into a freezing swimming hole. Drank one of those bloody marys with an entire meal on skewers on to. Bought myself a gaudy gemstone ring. Told off the 4 docs who told me nothing was wrong while the tumor grew. Camped overnight by myself for an entire weekend. Bought exactly $200 of my favorite songs for a portable playlist of happiness. Overshared to strangers on reddit.

That just happened.

I'm fine. We're fine. Don't need no stinking badges.

hemaristhysbe

We're outta here.

Not a doctor, not even a patient. I'm the daughter of the patient. I remember standing in the hospital bathroom waiting to use the hand dryer and asking when we'd come back next ( I was very young) and my older sister gave me this little smile and told me that we didn't need to come back again.

Thechoosingestbeggar

Pathologists are unsung heroes.

Pathologist here, who are the ones that actually diagnose whether or not a patient is "cancer free."

I guess it depends on whether you are asking whether the patient has gone into remission, or been told a suspicious lesion was actually non-cancerous all along. I cannot speak to how the patients feel, but it certainly feels personally good when this huge suspicious-looking mass that comes in from surgery and is actually benign.

Nice_Dude

Thanks for doing what you do. I often reflect on the fact that pathologists have a huge amount of responsibility that does not get recognised by the rest of the medical fraternity, and certainly not by patients.

sunlovingaussie1

The truth is very powerful, even if it's bad news.

I mostly diagnose people with cancer, but had one gentleman, who I thought was totally screwed, come back to give me a hug in my primary care office.

I have only been practicing for a few years, and while I was actually very scared to diagnose people with cancer, I now find it to be one of the most rewarding things that I do, even if the patient dies, and especially if the oncologists and myself can get them to die peacefully. Everyone is very appreciative.

Awildgarebear

It must be hard to be the messenger of one of the worst things they get told in their lives.

ScienceAndMuesli

People are appreciative to you because you give them a clear answer I guess. And that answer isn't always negative ^

Major_Blackbird

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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