Tig Notaro on Why Humor Was Instrumental to Healing After Her Cancer Diagnosis: ‘Something Has to Break the Tension’

Comedian Tig Notaro said receiving her cancer diagnosis in 2012—which followed a series of tragic events that had upended her life—was so horrific, she had to laugh. Notaro, known for disarming, deadpan-style of comedy, spoke about finding the humor in devastating moments during an interview at the TIME 100 Health Summit on Thursday. “I kept thinking maybe I was cursed,” she said. “When I went in for my appointment and was diagnosed with invasive cancer, it took my breath away in horror—and like, oh my god, this is hilarious. Of course, it wasn’t hilarious but something has to break the tension.” Notaro’s diagnosis of cancer in both breasts came after a four-month period during which the comedian suffered a rare intestinal disorder, lose her mother unexpectedly and went through a breakup. A few days after she was told she had cancer, Notaro opened her comedy set at Largo in Los Angeles with: “Good evening, hello, I have cancer. How are you?” — a line that captivated the audience and cemented Notaro as a comedy great. Since that set, Notaro has channeled the highs and lows of topics like cancer and death into her comedy, offering transparency about her toughest challenges. Brian Ach—Getty Images for TIME 100 HealthComedian Tig Notaro speaks onstage during the TIME 100 Health Summit at Pier 17 in New York City on Oct. 17, 2019. Speaking with TIME editor-at-large Belinda Luscombe during an interview ...
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The aim of this study was to assess the effect of preoperative sleep quality on acute postoperative pain in breast cancer patients. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index questionnaire (PSQI) was used to assess the overall sleep status of women scheduled for unilateral modified radical mastectomy in the past month. Based on the responses, patients were allocated to good sleep group or poor sleep group. Postoperatively, acute pain was assessed using the numerical rating score in the first 24 hours; in addition, the requirement of analgesics and the incidence of postoperative complications were recorded. A total of 108 breas...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Observational Study Source Type: research
Conditions:   Breast Cancer;   Pain, Chronic;   Pain, Postoperative;   Mastectomy; Lymphedema Intervention:   Other: Rehabilitation protocol Sponsor:   University of Roma La Sapienza Completed
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
ConclusionsPecs2 blocks can significantly reduce post-operative pain, nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing mastectomy. Their use can enable units to achieve high day-case mastectomy rates.
Source: Annals of Medicine and Surgery - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
TIME held its first TIME 100 Health Summit on Thursday aiming to define — and shape — the future of health care. The Summit, which is an offshoot of the magazine’s annual TIME 100 list of influential people, featured scientists, politicians and entertainers, such as former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, actress Selma Blair, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, comedian Tig Notaro and former Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen. The day included a range of interviews, panels and performances. Here are the biggest moments from the Summit. Former Vice ...
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Conclusion: To enhance the recovery of shoulder mobility, early rehabilitation with a shorter immobilization period should be recommended to patients with breast cancer undergoing reconstruction surgery with TEI. Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03541161. PMID: 31598346 [PubMed]
Source: Journal of Breast Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: J Breast Cancer Source Type: research
In conclusion, we found elevated levels of circulating FGF-23 with hypercalcemia following the discontinuation of denosumab. FGF-23 might be a surrogate marker for massive bone resorption triggered by discontinuation of long-term denosumab treatment. PMID: 31527321 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Endocrine Journal - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Endocr J Source Type: research
Conditions:   Breast Cancer;   Partial Mastectomy;   Postoperative Pain;   Opioid Use;   Local Anesthesia Interventions:   Procedure: Pectoral Nerve Block;   Procedure: Surgery without Nerve Block Sponsor:   Main Line Health Recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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