Breaking - Sad but very relavent news on McCain's health.
by bumper monster, Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 09:39:13 PM EDT
Over the past day Colin Powell and many newspaper editorial boards have cited Sarah Palin's complete unreadiness to be president as a key factor in deciding to endorse Obama. News out today from the New York Times makes me worry about the prospect of her actually becoming the most powerful person on the planet. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/20/us/pol itics/20health.html?pagewanted=1&_r= 1&hp,
Here, quoted from the above Times article, is the most important news of the campaign since McCain named Palin as his VP pick:
However, the reporters' summary cited a report dated Aug. 9, 2000, from two pathologists at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington who examined a biopsy of the melanoma taken from Mr. McCain's left temple a few days earlier.
The Armed Forces pathologists suggested that the left-temple melanoma had spread from another melanoma, known as a metastasis or satellite lesion. "The vertical orientation of this lesion," the report said, "with only focal epidermal involvement above it is highly suggestive of a metastasis of malignant melanoma and may represent a satellite metastasis of S00-9572-A," which is the "skin, left temple, lateral" biopsy.
I am a physician, and metastatic melanoma is one of the worst diagnoses in medicine. It has a five year survival rate of 7% to 19% and the cancer can recur at any time after years of remission. On a human level this is sad news. We on the left tend not to rejoice in the suffering of those on the other side of the political spectrum or play politics with such issues. But the specter of Sarah Palin waiting in the wings makes this an unavoidable and hugely important issue.