DON WELLS: CANCER SURVIVOR
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.
HELENE HENDRIXSON: CANCER SURVIVOR
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.