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For most people, the news that they have cancer is an emotional body blow, conjuring up visions of unbearable pain and ultimate death. But when Don Wells doctor told him he had prostate cancer, he took the news in stride.

In March of 1999, Don went to his doctor for an annual physical. As is customary with men his age, the physical included a PSA test and prostate exam. The test results were not good. Don had an elevated PSA (5.6) and his doctor had felt an abnormality when she examined his prostate. To be sure, she referred him to a urologist who took five biopsy cores.

The biopsy confirmed the worst: Don had cancer.

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The news Helene Hendrixson got on January 14, 1997 couldn’t have been worse. Helene’s doctor told her that she had Stage IV non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, or NHL. NHL has become the fastest growing type of cancer, with an estimated 50,000 new cases each year. When caught early non-Hodgkins Lymphoma will often respond to conventional techniques such as chemotherapy and radiation. The prognosis for more advanced cases such as Helene’s, however, was far less hopeful, with at best 30% to 40% of patients responding to traditional methods. For those who do not respond, the diagnosis is a death sentence.

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