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Need information (for my sister-in-law) about an excellent cancer hospital/doctor.
sister-in-law | January 18, 2012 | lysie

Posted on 01/18/2012 2:26:49 PM PST by lysie

I received an email from my sister-in-law. Below is what she wrote.


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We got really bad news after she came out of surgery late last night. I need your help researching the best cancer research hospital in the country. My baby sister has stage 4 stomach cancer. The doctors said it is incurable, but something has to fix her.

Her sister is in her forties and lives in Central New York.

I'm a realist. I know it's bad, but I told her I would help. So here I am, asking for help.I truly appreciate your advice. FReepers are very knowledgeable in many areas. Thank you.

1 posted on 01/18/2012 2:26:51 PM PST by lysie
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To: lysie

Dana Farber in Boston does some mirculous work...

Good thoughts...


2 posted on 01/18/2012 2:30:39 PM PST by Eagletest (We know Holders out, right?)
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To: lysie

They might see if Huntsman Cancer centers can help. Yes it’s John Huntsman’s father’s hospital but I doubt your relatives will care if they can help.

I’ll make sure to pray as well.


3 posted on 01/18/2012 2:31:19 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: lysie

MD Anderson in Houston.


4 posted on 01/18/2012 2:32:04 PM PST by GOPyouth ("We're buying shrimp, guys. Come on." - Dear Leader)
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To: lysie

check out cancer centers for america, also get the full details on the cancer then go to clinicaltrials.gov and look for an appropriate. Don’t forget sloan kettering.


5 posted on 01/18/2012 2:33:12 PM PST by waynesa98
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To: lysie

http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/cancer


6 posted on 01/18/2012 2:33:30 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: lysie

Mayo Clinic
200 First Street S.W., Rochester, MN 55905-0002
(507) 284-2511

Best friend’s wife got lung cancer and has never smoked in her life. They could choose and pay for the best. After research they chose Mayo.


7 posted on 01/18/2012 2:33:36 PM PST by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: lysie; Jeff Head

*ping*


8 posted on 01/18/2012 2:33:49 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: lysie

Sloan Kettering in Manhattan is one of the best in the world and given her location in New York State could be the easiest to get to for her.

May God be with her.


9 posted on 01/18/2012 2:33:49 PM PST by libertarian neocon
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To: lysie

I once read a person can live without a stomach.

Prayers.


10 posted on 01/18/2012 2:36:29 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: lysie

I am sorry, Lysie, I don’t know about the hospitals. I can pray for her and her family though.


11 posted on 01/18/2012 2:36:42 PM PST by momtothree
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To: Bartholomew Roberts

2nd on Mayo - they saved me from near death with pancreatitis.


12 posted on 01/18/2012 2:37:07 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmit. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: lysie

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and any of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Those commercials about CTCA are true, from what I’ve heard.


13 posted on 01/18/2012 2:37:07 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: lysie
M.D. Anderson in Houston, TX. My sister did her staging there for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. My cousin, who had been told there was no hope for him at all, went there for treatment and has been clear for 3 years now.
14 posted on 01/18/2012 2:37:33 PM PST by aruanan
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To: lysie
MD Anderson.

Prayers up.

/johnny

15 posted on 01/18/2012 2:37:55 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: lysie

For the fifth year in a row, and the eighth time in the past 10 years, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center earned the No. 1 spot in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the best hospitals for cancer care.

Since the survey began in 1990, MD Anderson has been ranked every year as one of the top two hospitals in the nation for cancer care.

http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/facts-and-history/institutional-profile/u-s-news-rankings/index.html


16 posted on 01/18/2012 2:38:26 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: hellinahandcart

Ping!


17 posted on 01/18/2012 2:38:49 PM PST by sauropod (You can elect tyranny - Marc Levin)
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To: lysie

Memorial Hospital of the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Gastric and Mixed Tumor Service

Vivian E. Strong, M.D., FACS (646) 497-9072

Good luck.


18 posted on 01/18/2012 2:39:15 PM PST by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: lysie

Sloan-Kettering is the best in the world imho.

http://www.mskcc.org/


19 posted on 01/18/2012 2:39:35 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (Santorum/Perry/Newt 2012)
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To: lysie; cripplecreek
Ditto Huntsman - Start here.
20 posted on 01/18/2012 2:40:59 PM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: lysie
The National Institutes of Health has a searchable database of ongoing clinical studies. Using the details of your sister's cancer, you could do a search for studies that she is eligible for, at the following link: NIH clinical studies.
21 posted on 01/18/2012 2:44:21 PM PST by Rockingham
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To: lysie; Jeff Head

I believe MD Anderson (Houston) is where Jeff Head went.


22 posted on 01/18/2012 2:47:16 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: lysie

lysie, since she’s in Central NYS, either Boston’s Dana Farber or NYC’s Sloane Kettering would make sense. Either would have a list of its stomach cancer specialists. Prayers for her and the family.


23 posted on 01/18/2012 2:51:46 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Bartholomew Roberts

The Mayo Clinic is great. Others are University of Chicago, Cancer Centers and Anderson. I love the team approach at The Mayo Clinic.


24 posted on 01/18/2012 2:53:39 PM PST by MamaB
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To: lysie

The book “Knockout” by Suzanne Somers needs to be read quickly by one of your family members. Please ignore the fact that she was a cheesy sitcom actress. The book is not really by or about her.

It’s chapter after chapter of the unsung heroes in the fight to heal cancer, MDs who are bucking the huge mainstream oncology dogma. It is a must read. It will open your eyes to treatments that improve her immune system, rather than destroying it. Cures that leave the patient healthy. How to keep the patient’s quality of life. When to go in for traditional chemo and when is it just a miserable waste of a good person’s life and health.

There are a lot of doctors listed in the back to contact too.


25 posted on 01/18/2012 3:03:33 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: lysie; CodeToad

I would recommend MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

I live in Idaho and was diagnosed with a very rare, malignant and potentially terminal cancer in December of 2009.

We got with MD Anderson and I spent over 6 months down there in 2010. Their expertise and care, and a lot of faith and prayer, allowed me to survive.

Here is a Journal of my experience:

My Sacral Chordoma Cancer
http://www.jefffhead.com/chordoma.htm

I would contact them via their webs site and self apply. Also talk to your doctor and get them to contact MD Anderson and send in all the MRIs xrays, diagnosis, surgery notes, etc.

MD Anderson Cancer Center
http://www.mdanderson.org

MD Anderson Self-referral
https://www2.mdanderson.org/sapp/contact/selfreferral/index.cfm

If anyone can help...they can.

God bless and comfort you all.

Sincerely,

Jeff


26 posted on 01/18/2012 3:06:45 PM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: lysie

Prayers for a miraculous healing.


27 posted on 01/18/2012 3:09:10 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: lysie; CodeToad

Oops...had a typo.

My Journal is here:

My Sacral Chordoma
http://www.jeffhead.com/chordoma.htm


28 posted on 01/18/2012 3:12:01 PM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: lysie
My advice is more general, but it is based on my best friend's experience.

She needs to tell her doctors that she'll do anything to get better. She doesn't care how many chemo appointments she'll have; she doesn't care what she has to take. She doesn't care about throwing up, losing weight, her hair falling out, or surgery or scars. She'll take tube feeding, she'll take part in studies, she'll take anything and do anything to fix this.

She needs to make it clear that she doesn't care what she'll have to do. She needs to tell the doctors that she'd a fighter, and they they need to help her fight or suggest someone who will.

Doctors who say "incurable" need to hear that the patient is a fighter and won't take "no" for an answer. You might think patients wouldn't have to say this, but they do, and she should.

There are incurable cancers, but there are also doctors who won't go the extra mile for every patient because experience tells them that some treatments are brutal and hard to finish. Some cancers treatments have up to 1/3 of patients drop out.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/04/060428140932.htm Almost 1/3 Of Colon Cancer Patients Stop Chemotherapy, Leading To Double The Death Rate

When my best friend was diagnosed with very aggressive stage 3C (right next to stage 4) cancer 5 or 6 years ago she was told that the treatments were very harsh and that many patients would not or could not finish it, particularly the huge number of chemo and radiation treatments.

She told the doctor that she was different, and that she'd finish anything he prescribed. And she did. She finished a chemo & radiation schedule that would drop healthy grown men to their knees. No amount of being sick kept her from her next appointment. Nothing stopped her, She's cancer free. It was not a walk in the park.

Make sure she does her all to give herself every chance.

We will hold you all in our prayers.

29 posted on 01/18/2012 3:13:55 PM PST by mountainbunny (Seamus Sez: "Good dogs don't let their masters vote for Mitt!")
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To: lysie
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Will keep your family in my prayers, Lysie.
30 posted on 01/18/2012 3:14:54 PM PST by Miss Didi ("After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: lysie

Sending Prayer.


31 posted on 01/18/2012 3:16:57 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: lysie

Scientists cure cancer, but no one takes notice
http://www.sott.net/articles/show/228583-Scientists-cure-cancer-but-no-one-takes-notice


32 posted on 01/18/2012 3:17:33 PM PST by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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lysie, my advice is don’t waste any time. My husband died a few months ago from cancer. We don’t know if it would have mattered but we didn’t look for 2nd and 3rd opinions and experimental treatment. We were so busy being sad that we let two weeks go by. He died two months after being told it was terminal. Even if you have a heart to heart talk with a naturalist, talk to somebody. Chose a clinic with a great reputation and go. Just go. If it’s money that would stop you, make a plea to your community for help. Just give it all you’ve got so you won’t have any regrets. We’ll pray for you. Please update to my freepmail.


33 posted on 01/18/2012 3:21:30 PM PST by FryingPan101 (Perry 2012)
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To: lysie
Here's some info from the National Cancer Institute, regarding treatment. Prayers, to your sister, for healing and comfort.
34 posted on 01/18/2012 3:24:44 PM PST by rabidralph
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If you decide on MD Anderson in Houston, my church (Palmer Memorial Episcopal) might be able to help. In particular we can help provide housing and transportation for family members from out of town with no place to stay.

Palmer Medical Center Ministries

Prayers for your sister and family.

35 posted on 01/18/2012 3:24:44 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: lysie

This is a long ways off, and Durham is a liberal hole, but this is the best the Carolinas have:

http://www.dukecancerinstitute.org/

Good luck and God bless.


36 posted on 01/18/2012 3:30:25 PM PST by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: lysie

People come from all over the world to go to MD Anderson Hospital in Houston.


37 posted on 01/18/2012 3:31:33 PM PST by Ditter
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To: lysie
Cancer is a family of diseases. You need to research the specific disease she has and find the facility that is leading research for that particular type cancer and go there.

Doing that will give her the best chance of beating it.

38 posted on 01/18/2012 3:37:37 PM PST by fso301
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To: lysie

If there are money concerns, have her look into http://www.clinicaltrials.gov . Type in the name of the cancer along with the name of a city to see what’s available. She will still receive the standard treatment protocol for her cancer, but may also receive some additional treatments to see if it enhances success. My brother did this when he was diagnosed with colon cancer in his 40’s. Prayers for your SIL.


39 posted on 01/18/2012 3:44:47 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: Jeff Head; lysie

Thanks for that, Jeff. Yours is truly an amazing story of medical know-how and God given miracles.

The medical professionals I know here also recommend MD Anderson.


40 posted on 01/18/2012 4:17:24 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Jeff Head; Eagletest; cripplecreek; GOPyouth; waynesa98; Responsibility2nd; Bartholomew Roberts; ...
Seeing all your post brought tears to my eyes.

Thank you for the advice and prayers, my dear friends. I gave this thread's link to my sil.

I'm a bit familar with cancer as my mom battled breast cancer for seven years. She lost the battle in 1979. At that time she received treatments at Misercordia Hospital in Philadelphia. Her doctor was Isaac Djerassi. He helped develop centrifuge and filtration techniques for platelet and white-cell transfusions to support aggressive cancer chemotherapy.

I'm sure there has been great medical progress since then.

Again, thank you.

41 posted on 01/18/2012 6:26:00 PM PST by lysie
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To: Jeff Head

Yes, Jeff. I remember all you went through. Thank you for your help. You continue to be in my prayers.


42 posted on 01/18/2012 6:45:29 PM PST by lysie
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To: FryingPan101

Sorry to hear about your husband. Thank you for your prayers.


43 posted on 01/18/2012 6:49:42 PM PST by lysie
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To: lysie

I’m currently undergoing chemo treatments for bladder cancer - stage two.

In the coming months I will undergo surgery to remove the bladder and prostate.

Looking forward to being cancer-free.

Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow.


44 posted on 01/18/2012 6:58:42 PM PST by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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To: Diver Dave

My prayers are with you.


45 posted on 01/18/2012 7:25:53 PM PST by lysie
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To: Diver Dave

Prayer’s up here for you Diver Dave. We pray God in Heaven, through His Son, Jesus Christ, will bless you and indeed that you will become cancer free.

I still have three very small, slow growing tumors in my hiop bones, which they hope to treat with stereotactical proton radiation eithe in March or September.

But the main, dangerous malignant tumor is gone...along with my entire sacrum.

The nerve damage required to accomplish that impacted my bowel and bladder capabilities...so when you get there, and if you are having a difficult time with that, please FRemail me and I will be happy to help, give pointers, encouragement, and add and exercise faith on your behlaf.

God bless you for your faith in Him who is mighty to save!


46 posted on 01/18/2012 8:31:35 PM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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Thank you for your prayers lysie, and hope the info about MD Anderson helpes. It’s a long ways from New York (about as far as from Idaho), but it was well worth it.


47 posted on 01/18/2012 8:33:37 PM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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Thank You both for your prayers.


48 posted on 01/18/2012 9:33:53 PM PST by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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To: lysie

I was treated for cancer at MD Anderson. They healed me and were wonderful to us.

Good bless your family.


49 posted on 01/18/2012 9:45:25 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: lysie
UPMC saved my wifes life when Hopkins misdiagnosed her... and planned to do the WRONG operation. It would have killed her.

UPMC = University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
50 posted on 01/18/2012 10:03:40 PM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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