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Thank you for the advice and r was posted 04/04/2018 01:33 pm by James
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I can't thank you enough for the advice and recommendations. Having recently gone through a similar, but not quite as scary situation with my wife, we've had some practice with carrying the 'Cancer Book' everywhere we go and filing all the test results and other documents under the appropriate tabs. The primary oncology clinic that treated her has a nurse coordinator on staff trained specifically in counseling cancer patients, manages all follow-up appointments, and ensures the treatment plan if followed. She also made herself available for me when I needed someone to talk to as well as any of my adult kids who wanted to know more about what mom was dealing with. The process isn't perfect yet but it represents a huge leap forward in the approach to taking care of the patients emotional and mental health. She was an awesome resource as we faced challenges associated with colon cancer and the debilitating radiation and chemo regimen she had to endure to defeat it.

I'm usually a well educated patient as I was pursuing a Bachelor's in Nursing during the first few years I was on active duty in the Air Force. I changed my major to Management and Human Resources when I realized how difficult it would be to get through all the clinicals while working 50 to 60 hours a week on the flightline. I still remember most of what I learned from my anatomy and physiology classes but the technology, medications, surgical procedures, and overall treatment regimens to fight almost all forms of cancer we see today were non-existent when I was in college. I still know where to find accurate information and which medical sites are reliable but getting advice directly from those who have lived it is priceless compared to any peer reviewed study.

I'll look up the Facebook Page for the Whipple Warriors and share it with my wife. Although I'm not looking forward to the surgery and recovery, I would gladly have it done this afternoon if the surgeon was available. I want to get the tumor and all the surrounding tissue and organs that might be affected out so I know exactly what the radiation and chemo regimen will include.

Again, thank you so much for the positive words and for reinforcing my opinion that I'll get through this and be able to continue enjoying a productive, happy life for many more years. Best wishes to both of you!

Regards, James

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