These Are Not All The Possible Side Effects

One of my few bad habits is that sometimes, even if I haven’t had a glass of wine before dinner, I tend to yell at the TV during the evening news. Especially when the pharmaceutical ads come on.

Many of these ads, of course, are for cancer medications. Not to brag or anything, but … During my brief cancer journey, I’m afraid I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy several of these fine products. So for me, the nightly news is always a fun trip down memory lane.

Here are just a few of the things I may or may not have yelled at the TV:

“Damn right those are not all the possible side effects!”

“Hey, you forgot to mention the liver damage!”

May live longer? Yeah, well, how much longer?”

“What do you mean, up to? What the hell does that mean?”

“So instead, maybe ask your doctor about eating more fruits and vegetables.”

Those are just a few of the things I yell at the TV during these ads.

One thing that never fails to impress: the number of highly technical oncology terms I hear in these ads aimed at a popular audience. Apparently, members of these advertisers’ narrowly defined target market will already know what they need to know. 

So please… ask your doctor about eating more fruits and vegetables.

Author: alcambronne

Retired photographer, author, and cancer survivor living in northwest Wisconsin.