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Reply was posted 08/29/1997 12:05 pm by ThomasR
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My brother-in-law died of PC, but he died like a man. He knew it was terminal and he was dealing with a for-profit cancer center, not a teaching hospital. When he was initially diagnosed, his internist and a local oncologist (both personal friends of his) later advised his wife he probably had less than a month to live and the onclolgist said he really had never even tried to treat anyone this far gone. My brother-in-law told the Doctor at the for-profit Center he eventually located to treat him, he wanted to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding in four months. The doctor said sure thing but why be so conservative, lets go for it all. So he was put on a 24/7 infusion pump of the only chemo that would work on him (an old one but the pump was a twist in administration of it)and heperin etc. and one week before the wedding four months later the Doctor took him off the pump (so he wouldn't be feeling any side effects during the wedding) and he walked her down the aisle look ing better than he had in four very painful months. He danced at her wedding and at onee point as the sparkling globe spun over his head in the center of the dance floor, his daughter and her girl friends danced in a circle around him that seemed sy mbolically protective as he swayed and smiled and clapped to the music. The next monday he went to the for-profit clinic and said "you have no plans to put me back on the infusion pump or anything else, do you?" And the Doctor said, "No, but we got you the wedding, didn't we." They said what was to be their last goodby and he died less than 2 weeks later after seeing his lawyer to make sure everything was in order for probate. He had flown to see his retirement home one last time during thos e last few days. He loved it and had never gotten to retire to it but he said he just wanted to go there once more to see it before he died. I hope I can die as much a man as he did. The local doctor friends came to the funeral and told my sister of their original agreement that he should have lived less than a month. They attributed his ability to meet his final responsibility as a father to his daughter to the unbelievable skill that for-profit clinic showed in selecting and dosing and ad ministering his chemo. She was told they had felt him beyond any treatment but narcotics to ease his death. Yes, I guess that chemo has a place and there is something to it. I know a new bride grateful for it in her sadness. ANd he was grateful. And he was treated fairly in price by the for-profit clinic.

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