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lymph node, and my only chance to even li ve out the year is to undergo prior chemotherapy of one kind or another to shrin k the secondary in order to make the primary operable. I m in the hands of Sloan-Kettering, which is supposed to be the best there is a t least in the US, but I am dubious and skeptical about chemo, at least conventi onal chemo, which basically delivers toxins of one kind or another to fast growi ng cells--cancer, but also others, such as hair follicules, which is why your ha ir tends to fall out--hence the panoply of bad side effects. And the paradox of it is, except for an anemia which I ve successfully been tre ating with mega Iron and mega B-12, I have no real symptoms. Can t say I feel 100 % all the time, but some days I do, and the rest maybe 80%. So I have some diff icult scientific and existential decisions to make, and any wisdom or knowledge would be appreciated. I learned of the situation yesterday, as y all might imagine, slept badly, and what came to me was something that seemed totally obvious, namely what I called the cryogenic needle. Real simple, but it is sort of rocket science. Shorn of be lls and whistles, it amounts to bringing the temperature of a needle down to cyr ogenic levels using liquid oxygen or liquid nitrogen and sticking it in a tumor to crystalize it. Unlike cutting with a scalpel, zero chance of releasing cance r cell to metastisize, and when the tumor comes back up to room temperature, it s long dead and perhaps even disintegrated. Dona, who long ago had the process, reminded me that something similar has lo ng been done to remove pre-cancerous cells from the cervex. And today I did a l ittle more research and found out that something like it is already being done o n some cancers as front-line treatment. So if anyone knows more about this, or where I just might go to try and get su ch treatment, do let me know. Conventionally speaking, and I m being treated by a s good a conventional oncology program as there is, the prognosis is otherwise p retty dire. Unless, of course, someone out there has an even more brilliant idea.