From Fr. Pat's Pen
My Dear Friends,
As most of you probably know by now, I have been diagnosed as having prostate cancer. With this condition comes the proverbial good news/ bad news scenario. The good is that this cancer is quite treatable with very promising results. The bad is contained in the good - it is treatable, and must be addressed.
From the time last fall when it became known that I most likely would face this diagnosis I had fully intended that I would pursue surgery as the treatment option. That is what was eventually recommended to me here. But I wanted a second opinion, and so, as you are aware, TinaMarie and I chose to go back to the Cancer Treatment Center of America Hospital (CTCA) near Chicago to undergo their very extensive and capable evaluation. What we learned there is that my cancer, while yet contained is, in their opinion, further along and at a higher risk than what we originally knew. They strongly discouraged surgery for fear of cutting through the cancer and causing a worse condition. Their recommendation, therefore, was to follow a twofold treatment: hormone therapy and extensive radiation.
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