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   Check out xkcd author Randall Munroe's tribute to his wife. She's still kicking and still doing science two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer

01 Dec 2012 12:33 PM   |   17016 clicks   |   XKCD
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1000 Ways to Dye     
xkcd is not-funny, and his wife should have died because of it.

//just kidding. I'm really a huge fan.

01 Dec 2012 12:36 PM
marcand     
Awesome. I heart xkcd.

01 Dec 2012 12:36 PM
Kaiser Bill's Batman     
God, that brings back memories, the wife and I did that dance for almost 11 years. I hope there is a better outcome for them,

01 Dec 2012 12:36 PM
Jim from Saint Paul     
I thought the tree was a mushroom cloud.

Which would have made this sweet AND awesome.

01 Dec 2012 12:37 PM
VvonderJesus     

Jim from Saint Paul: I thought the tree was a mushroom cloud.

Which would have made this sweet AND awesome.


I've read through that comic 4 times before now and never realized that it wasn't a mushroom cloud.

01 Dec 2012 12:39 PM
The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men     
Dusty in here, eh?

01 Dec 2012 12:39 PM
bulldg4life     
"then I dominated"

nice

01 Dec 2012 12:40 PM
reklamfox     
FARK CANCER

01 Dec 2012 12:40 PM
b0rg9     
The alternate text on the image is great, too.

01 Dec 2012 12:40 PM
JonZoidberg     
My mom just got diagnosed and she turns 70 in a couple of days. She still has a lot of fight left and we are ready to do what we can.

01 Dec 2012 12:40 PM
Fark Reddit or bust     
I bet she'll nip cancer right in the bud, eh?


//Horrible pun of the day, accomplished. You're welcome world

01 Dec 2012 12:43 PM
Coastalgrl     
FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.

01 Dec 2012 12:43 PM
Zarquon's Flat Tire    [TotalFark]  
Awseome, nice Portal reference too.

01 Dec 2012 12:43 PM
reklamfox     

JonZoidberg: My mom just got diagnosed and she turns 70 in a couple of days. She still has a lot of fight left and we are ready to do what we can.


I wish her the best of luck. My grandmother is dealing with cervical cancer now and it is god damn heart breaking. Cancer is the worst thing EVER

01 Dec 2012 12:44 PM
BlippityBleep     
Lols at GLaDOS reference.

01 Dec 2012 12:45 PM
andersoncouncil42     

Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.


The idea that any company that would sit on something that would make them a TON of cash is silly. The idea that there will ever be a singe cure for cancer is just, stupid. Each form of cancer is a separate disease. Many are related, but there would need to be dozens of cures for humanity to be rid of this curse.

01 Dec 2012 12:48 PM
MemeSlave     
AW.

01 Dec 2012 12:49 PM
special20    [TotalFark]  
Good thing nobody has made dancing with your tits popular.

01 Dec 2012 12:50 PM
151     
God dammit, who turned on the dust machine?

01 Dec 2012 12:51 PM
YoungLochinvar     

andersoncouncil42: Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.

The idea that any company that would sit on something that would make them a TON of cash is silly. The idea that there will ever be a singe cure for cancer is just, stupid. Each form of cancer is a separate disease. Many are related, but there would need to be dozens of cures for humanity to be rid of this curse.


This x10^12

01 Dec 2012 12:51 PM
Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy     
God damn. I think I've got the 'beetus after reading that.

/Mom dodged the C-bullet a couple of months ago.
//Didn't tell anyone until after the biopsy came back negative. Faaaaaaaaaaaark my life.

01 Dec 2012 12:51 PM
Ed Grubermann    [TotalFark]  

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: Dusty in here, eh?


God damn it.

01 Dec 2012 12:51 PM
Marshal805     
My feels.

01 Dec 2012 12:52 PM
Bull Schmitt     
Got a bit dusty for me too.

/not as much as when I read the "spirit" one (695)
//hopes for many many more biopsiversaries

01 Dec 2012 12:52 PM
1. Put snakes on plane     

Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.


They totally are. I've conducted an experiment of coating chicken wire with cancer cell cultures and it didn't melt it even a bit. The truth is out there...

01 Dec 2012 12:54 PM
lohphat    [TotalFark]  

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: Dusty in here, eh?


Yeah kinda. Lost a good friend here at home two months ago.

Too soon.

01 Dec 2012 12:54 PM
Mitch Taylor's Bro    [TotalFark]  

reklamfox: FARK CANCER


Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.


These.

01 Dec 2012 12:55 PM
whither_apophis     

andersoncouncil42: Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.

The idea that any company that would sit on something that would make them a TON of cash is silly. The idea that there will ever be a singe cure for cancer is just, stupid. Each form of cancer is a separate disease. Many are related, but there would need to be dozens of cures for humanity to be rid of this curse.


I used to think they probably had something hidden away because "omg if we cure X we'll be out of business in three years!" but then I remembered that they can't see past next month's sale report.

01 Dec 2012 01:01 PM
assjuice     
Ooh ooh she do science. Me talk pretty too.

01 Dec 2012 01:06 PM
MadAzza     

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: God damn. I think I've got the 'beetus after reading that.

/Mom dodged the C-bullet a couple of months ago.
//Didn't tell anyone until after the biopsy came back negative. Faaaaaaaaaaaark my life.


So ... you're upset because your mom *doesn't* have cancer? That's pretty farked up. 

I hope I'm misunderstanding that.

01 Dec 2012 01:06 PM
JonZoidberg     

Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.


I really doubt anyone has a cure since there are so many different ways cells can "break" and go into uncontrolled division. Some chemo drugs target rapidly dividing cells, but while they get the cancer, they get skin and blood producing cells too. It's pretty difficult to find something unique enough to use as a target when those cancer cells are almost just like your other cells.

If a cure was found, it'd probably be for a particular type of cancer, and then maybe only applicable to a subset of the population.

01 Dec 2012 01:08 PM
JonZoidberg     

reklamfox: JonZoidberg: My mom just got diagnosed and she turns 70 in a couple of days. She still has a lot of fight left and we are ready to do what we can.

I wish her the best of luck. My grandmother is dealing with cervical cancer now and it is god damn heart breaking. Cancer is the worst thing EVER


Thanks, but she was very lucky. She was going in for GI surgery and the imaging they did to prepare found the tiny tumor in her breast. It was a month or so after this year's mammogram.

01 Dec 2012 01:08 PM
radarlove     
I like the second to last panel where the world ends in a nuclear holocaust.

I wish XKCD would end in a nuclear holocaust.

Or just...at all.

01 Dec 2012 01:08 PM
ChubbyTiger     

whither_apophis: andersoncouncil42: Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.

The idea that any company that would sit on something that would make them a TON of cash is silly. The idea that there will ever be a singe cure for cancer is just, stupid. Each form of cancer is a separate disease. Many are related, but there would need to be dozens of cures for humanity to be rid of this curse.

I used to think they probably had something hidden away because "omg if we cure X we'll be out of business in three years!" but then I remembered that they can't see past next month's sale report.


Yeah, it's going to be a breakthrough in personalized medicine that makes the big difference. Sooner rather than later, I hope.

01 Dec 2012 01:09 PM
acronym     
first panel - NSFW

01 Dec 2012 01:11 PM
AcneVulgaris     

Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.


There is no hell. If they're to be punished, it's up to us.

01 Dec 2012 01:11 PM
Mitch Taylor's Bro    [TotalFark]  

JonZoidberg: reklamfox: JonZoidberg: My mom just got diagnosed and she turns 70 in a couple of days. She still has a lot of fight left and we are ready to do what we can.

I wish her the best of luck. My grandmother is dealing with cervical cancer now and it is god damn heart breaking. Cancer is the worst thing EVER

Thanks, but she was very lucky. She was going in for GI surgery and the imaging they did to prepare found the tiny tumor in her breast. It was a month or so after this year's mammogram.


At least they caught it early. Best of luck!

01 Dec 2012 01:11 PM
Unobtanium    [TotalFark]  
Just got a negative biopsy out of my gut after the 4th EGD in two years (first 3 were not positive but not normal). Saw this when it ran and just... damn.

01 Dec 2012 01:12 PM
Nidstang     

reklamfox: JonZoidberg: My mom just got diagnosed and she turns 70 in a couple of days. She still has a lot of fight left and we are ready to do what we can.

I wish her the best of luck. My grandmother is dealing with cervical cancer now and it is god damn heart breaking. Cancer is the worst thing EVER


My thoughts go out to you and your grandmother. I lost mine to cervical cancer on Feb. 24th after a three year battle. She was diagnosed at stage 4 and told she had six months. She fought like hell right to the end.

01 Dec 2012 01:15 PM
BafflerMeal     
It is waaay too early for me to have read that.

01 Dec 2012 01:18 PM
spidermilk     

andersoncouncil42: Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.

The idea that any company that would sit on something that would make them a TON of cash is silly. The idea that there will ever be a singe cure for cancer is just, stupid. Each form of cancer is a separate disease. Many are related, but there would need to be dozens of cures for humanity to be rid of this curse.


Well, the only cause of cervical cancer is HPV and they came out a vaccine for most forms of HPV. Nobody sat on that. There are other groups that research cancer other than just pharamceutical companies.

On the other hand I did once see stuff about how it was discovered that some drug made for something else might also have cancer fighting properties. Since the drug was so simple it couldn't be patented pharmaceutical companies weren't interested in putting in the money to get it approved for cancer treatment by the FDA.

01 Dec 2012 01:19 PM
Dwedit     
I see that goatkcd has already posted their version of the comic as well...

01 Dec 2012 01:23 PM
rico567     

Coastalgrl: FARK CANCER.

If the pharm companies are indeed sitting on a cure then those in charge need to go to the fifth circle of hell.


No one is "sitting on a cure." There is no cure. Go read up on cancer....it is a time bomb built into the reproduction of human cells.

Celebrate survival.

/that is all

01 Dec 2012 01:23 PM
gwenners     
Has anyone said FARK CANCER yet?

/Lost a friend on Tuesday to brain *and* lung cancers

01 Dec 2012 01:24 PM
lohphat    [TotalFark]  

Dwedit: I see that goatkcd has already posted their version of the comic as well...


"Hey, that couldn't be what I think it is..."

*click*

:/

01 Dec 2012 01:25 PM
Aidan     
XKCD has been hitting it out of the park lately. I loved this one, too. It's compassionate without descending into maudlin (or at least recognizes when it does). Which makes it more powerful.

Also, My endocrinologist told me to GTFO for another year so I'm pretty damn happy as well, for me and for Munroe's wife, even if my cancer was massively less dangerous than hers.

01 Dec 2012 01:28 PM
HighZoolander     

Dwedit: I see that goatkcd has already posted their version of the comic as well...


Why did you have to make me aware that that existed?! I was so happy not knowing.

01 Dec 2012 01:28 PM
Gleeman     

spidermilk: Since the drug was so simple it couldn't be patented pharmaceutical companies weren't interested in putting in the money to get it approved for cancer treatment by the FDA.


This. My cardiologist told me once that magnesium in the right dosages/formula has the potential to be a cheap, effective arrythmia treatment/controller, but Big Pharm saw the cheap part and only one study has been done on it so far.

01 Dec 2012 01:28 PM
BumpInTheNight     
I found this difficult to masturbate to.

Dwedit: I see that goatkcd has already posted their version of the comic as well...


Meanwhile this one...

/rule 34 man, god damned rule 34

01 Dec 2012 01:28 PM
MadAzza     

radarlove: I like the second to last panel where the world ends in a nuclear holocaust.

I wish XKCD would end in a nuclear holocaust.

Or just...at all.


Because you keep looking at it, even though you don't like it? There's probably another way you could avoid it. Hmm, I wonder what that might entail.

I'm stumped.

01 Dec 2012 01:29 PM
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