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    Celebration (Finished treatment): AFTER chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal therapy, my family and I celebrated the conclusion of the journey as of March 15, 2012 with a nice meal and wine and dessert at our favorite restaurant. After each sub-phase of the treatment we went to the same restaurant to thank the Lord and for me to thank each of my kids for the successful and deeply appreciated manners in which they were my support team. I also, more than once, thank individuals and groups who I encountered and thanked them for their comments, their support, their prayers. The sharing of one's storries, I found, to be therapeutic as the stories and the reactions provided a warmth o f caring for one's own difficulties and yet having love (more than enough) to care for other people's difficulties. Celebration also provides a "lift" for people in their own ups and downs when they realize that there are a lot of us on their side!

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    Side Effects (Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)): The side effect is minimal from the radiation and is treatable with medication, such as Gabapentin.

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    Clinical Trial (My oncologist worked with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York): A staff member from my oncologist's office was in charge of receiving information on the dosages and drugs for the chemotherapy.
    I was kept informed by her through the entire process. I completed reports for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I felt good about assisting in giving data in these reports which could prove beneficial for other cancer patients. I felt good about providing, through the oncologist, information to the Institute and receiving feedback which might prove beneficial to future patients. I felt good, also, because I was being provided with chemotherapy drugs which, on my own, might have financially bankrupted me. That theme, in my conversations with fellow chemotherapy patients and families was often a stumbling block to treatment, "because Dad/Grampa" can't afford it." That view would well be allayed by knowing the cost is minimal and the potential results, life-sustaining.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): The radiologist, his staff, the personnel doing the radiation - each and all explained what was being done and provided me with a high level of confidence that they knew what they are doing and yet, are humane and treated me as an adult who could be given that information and understand it. That, over and over, gave me a great peace that I and they were in partnership to address the medical procedures which will assist me in making it through without worrying about "have they told me the real scoop?"