My husband is cancer Free!!! Yippee!!
This has been a five year battle. Some of you have heard my story and I do not want to be redundant, but there is a real treasure of information here for anyone. Please read my article explaining what a Center of Excellence is; how they came about and what purpose they serve. In our case, this saved Dan’s life. We chose to go to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. The surgeon is internationally recognized as being one (if not the) best in the world at his craft.
Dan was diagnosed in July 2008 by an oncologist/hematologist here in Des Moines with stage 4 bi-lateral lung cancer and was told that he had 3 to 6 moths to live. This conclusion was made WITHOUT a biopsy!!! That is a cardinal sin. Due to the fact that the diagnosis was inaccurate (a guess), the plan of care was also wrong. Chemotherapy kills cells – good and bad – if it is incorrect it also can end your life.
Please know what your insurance will and will not cover. Do not restrict yourself when it comes to access to the “A Team”. It’s as much as your life’s worth!