November 22nd, 2005

Drugs but no longer JWs and SDAs

Who names new medicines? Not the trade name, but the actual name of the compound -- who decides? How are they named -- that is, does whoever it is get to string together random euphonious syllables, or is there a derivatiom process? Or is this too much detail and I can just use any damn thing that sounds good?

Also, do Jehovah's Witnesses condemn smoking? What about Seventh-Day Adventists? Never mind, I'm going with The Legacy Foundation rather than a religious group.

Cancer diagnosis and treatment timeline

I've looked everywhere I can think of, and someone on my flist pointed me here, so, hi! Heh.

One of my characters has stomach cancer, and I'm looking for some sort of a timeline as to how much time passes from diagnosis to surgery to treatment. I have a lot of the information about each of the different aspects, I just don't have a very good timeline. Specifically, I'm wondering about the length of time a patient would be getting chemotherapy or radiation, how soon those sessions would start, things of that nature.

Any help would be greatly appreciated - thank you so much!!