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Will Jason Blake's play be affected by cancer?
Tue, October 9, 2007

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



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wayne I was thinking of Blake the person first and Blake the hockey player second. Life is more important than a sport.
Jimmy, 2007-10-12 11:42:41

Not that he is any where near it yet but what is the NHL policy on Steroids? I know Silken Laughman was in big trouble for taking a decongestant for her cold at the olympics, and most have steroids in them. That was doctor prescribed.
wayne, 2007-10-12 10:19:36

wayne the doctor said Blake COULD have side effects.

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

Leafofan

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

guys..while watching the game tonite, i asked myself, would a healthy Jason Blake be knocked down, beaten for that puck, not score the goal...all these things and maybe he was on top of his game but since the cancer news is he still? i dont know...does he/


leafofan, 2007-10-12 01:00:57

Its still not no.

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?

Steroids.

That will go over well with the drug policies.
wayne, 2007-10-11 15:44:56

Could be means he is 50 / 50 of having side effects. Some people get them, some dont.

Those side effetcs you listed are the most common types.
Jimmy, 2007-10-11 13:57:00

Yes I can read Jimmy

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

wayne can you read ? The doctor said the meds COULD have side effects.


Jimmy, 2007-10-11 01:52:16

I think Jason could have side effects, but there's a chance he may not. Could go either way.

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

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