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chrisk06
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Steves biopsy results of the "nodule" came back positive. They want him to see a specialist in Chicago, a Dr. Mary Mulcahy at Northwestern. Steve says he will consider chemo, but if it is in his liver too, can he really fight this? Can anyone survive mast. cancer? I hae so many questions and feelings I don't know where to start. I gusee if anyone has any advice, please help.

Chris

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chrisk06
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Does any one have any suggestions for an oncologist in the chicago area? We need to find one fast and Steve doesn't care for his options so far.

Chris

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Tina Blondek
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Hi Chris and Steve. Sorry to hear the news, but yes you can and will fight this! You must stay positive. Sorry I am not familiar with the Chicago area. If he is not comfortable, then by all means seek a second opinion. Always go with your gut feeling. You must take this one day at a time. One test, one scan, one result, one treatment, etc. You are both in my prayers. Please keep us updated. Check with the American Cancer Society about a good hospital in your area. Good luck, and God Bless!
Tina

oriontj
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Try Dr. Villefor at the University of Chicago...she is in charge of my husband's chemo...he likes her very much...and it's a big research center. Just google her and read her info, it can't hurt...

emg09
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Sorry to hear this news. I do know the cancer treatment center of america is in Chicago. I don't know much about them. My parents had considered it at one time, but getting back and forth was a huge issue since we live in Maryland. It may be worth checking into.

Prayers!!
Erika

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chrisk06
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I am going to check into Dr. Villefor today. As far as the Cancer Treatment Center, it is not close to us and unfortunatly my husbands insurance lapsed a month ago. I am in the process of getting him the state medical card, but its a process. Most of the Dr.s he has now are understanding with that, but its hard to get a new Dr. to take you without insurance. One day at a time as Steve says, thats all we can do! Thank you for the information!

Hugs and prayers
Chris

Mayhem
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Chris, I am 1.5 years since diagnosis and 1 yr since surgery, and disease-free. Dr. Mulcahy is my oncologist. The EC team at Northwestern is also top-notch and worth considering. If you need other opinions, I highly recommend that you meet with her too.

Jim

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chrisk06
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We were referred to her, but we no longer have insurance and the state medical hasnt been approved yet, so she wouldn't see us. I am looking now for somone to at least give us an opinion.

Chris

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Tina Blondek
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Chris,
Keep up the good work. You are doing all the right things. Unfortunately, the insurance has lapsed, but this to is just another bump in your road to recovery. Hang in there girl! Hello to Steve and keep on keeping on! Prayers are with you.
Tina

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