Maple Leafs forward Jason Blake was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer known as chronic myelogenous leukemia on Friday.
"The prognosis, and certainly the expectations of my physician, myself and my family, is that I will live a long, full and normal life," Blake said yesterday.
Blake has been told that the condition has been discovered early enough to allow him to continue playing hockey.
With Blake playing through the disease, do you think it will have an affect on his play? Should his ice time be limited? Have your say in our forum.
Cancer scare for Blake
Steriods can be prescribed by a doctor. Under those kind of conditions I doubt anyone would mind him using them. If it will help someones health then do it.
Jimmy, 2007-10-12 08:58:01
I'm sure any lapses in his game will be attibuted to that and you can bet that same question will be on the minds of the leaf coaching staff.
wayne, 2007-10-12 08:00:53
leafofan, 2007-10-12 01:00:57
Actually 50/50 is a pretty optimistic number.
I went on a similar treatment for a year and was told I might get side effects. I asked the doc how many of your patients don't get side effects he said none. I think they just tell you maybe to give you some hope. You need it to get you through. Being depressed actually makes it tougher to heal. I had lots of side effects, and they got worse near the end. You generally lose a lot of weight, something he can't afford to do to stay competitive. The more weight you lose the weaker you get too. If you lose too much weight, like I did, it can become life threatening. Guess what they prescribe to get your weight and strength back up?
That will go over well with the drug policies.
wayne, 2007-10-11 15:44:56
Those side effetcs you listed are the most common types.
Jimmy, 2007-10-11 13:57:00
You said you just read a paper that said NO side effects. I asked which one.
There is a big difference between NO and Could.
You were just being optimistic weren't you. Good for you.
wayne, 2007-10-11 13:01:49
Jimmy, 2007-10-11 01:52:16
Pretty well every medication has possible side effects. Some people experience side effects strongly, while others are hardly bothered by them - or not at all.
His psychological state could also affect his play, although he seems to be dealing with his illness well so far.
Gordon, 2007-10-11 00:57:55