How long has this monster been growing inside me? Doctors have no idea, although it is reasonable to think that the cancer has been there for quite some time since the original tumor was so large. How can something that big go undetected for so long? How many people are walking around with tumors inside of them, multiplying and spreading via their bloodstream, as yet undetected?
Perhaps in the future there will be a machine which can detect these tumors before they get large enough to cause problems. Maybe DNA analysis will enable doctors to predict cancers so that we can take precautionary measures before tumors even start growing.
None of this, of course, will make any difference in my life. But maybe for my children or grandchildren…?