Dealing with the BIG C – My medical condition

ImageThis morning we met with my doctor. Dr. Jacques Ganem is well respected as a specialist in prostate cancer. Jeanne took notes as I listened and asked questions. Dr. Ganem has done this numerous times so he knows how to “eat this elephant.” He broke it down for us, starting with a summary of my condition. He went over all of the figures from the biopsy, then told us what they indicate. Basically, I am what he calls a medium-low case. I had twelve core samples taken with only two indicating abnormal cells so I am what he calls, “early with a good prognosis.”

After carefully walking us through every option from “active surveillance” to removing the prostate (there are about four choices) he suggested (based on his experience and what John Hopkins and Mayo seem to be substantiating) that it makes little difference which treatment I select – the success rate is about the same. I asked him straight, I wanted to know, “Which would you choose?” He was clear, it is your choice and you need to do the research but “I would choose the embedded radiation beads.” Based on my “ non-aggressive” condition, we are leaning towards his advice. I wanted to know, “do the beads only manage the cancer or do they eradicate it completely?” His answer: “If they work (which they mostly do) they cure the patient of his cancer.”

This is the best I can summarize fifty minutes of explanation. Basically, we came away feeling this is the best option in respect to recovery time and my active lifestyle. I begin next Monday (January 14) testing to see if I am a suitable candidate for this method. By sometime in mid to late February I will be having the procedure (if I can) with the hope of being back on my feet by mid-March.

If you have any specific concerns or questions that I haven’t addressed, feel free to email me and I’ll try to provide answers to your questions. Of course, I believe in healing, so your prayers are coveted. Prayer makes everything better, so pray for the doctors and pray that I will manage well the various physical challenges associated with the surgery and recovery.

Here’s a personal word: I am absolutely not experiencing any anxiety or concern, and I expect many more years of ministry. 


17 comments on “Dealing with the BIG C – My medical condition

  1. fxmissions says:

    Standing with you Tony! – Scott McClelland

  2. Michael Bussen says:

    Prayers away dear brother. PTL for the blessings of modern medicine granted by the Great Physician, but also for
    His own hand of help & healing when that is according to His best.
    Take care, and know we care. In Christian love, Michael for the Bussen family here

  3. Sarah Ussery says:

    Praying for you Tony!

  4. Francesco says:

    As Tony would say… “we need you at work, so heal soon”.
    We love you!

  5. Gerson says:

    I just read your blog and I thank God that the elephant is a ‘baby one’… I’m already praying for you, and for Jeanne, that your hearts will be filled with His peace and grace, as you walk through all the medical procedures the Lord is providing for your recovery.

    Wishing you a more than ever blessed and fruitful year!


  6. Kerry Lammi says:

    Tony, Just read your blog. My sisters husband had the same treatment you have opted for earlier this fall in MN. He has come out of it with flying colors. Praying that the lord holds you up with his strong right hand.

    Blessings and healing through the power of Jesus.


  7. imrodmartin says:

    Tony – You’re such an encourager… I hope this is an encouragement to you:
    He knows you – more intimately than any other.
    He cares for you – more deeply than you know.
    He is the Great Physician
    and above all – He’ll carry you through.

    Praying for you.

  8. Gustavo says:

    Ciao Tony,you are in good hands! Ours and most important those of GOD.
    No fear no worries our prayers will be heard and miracles do happen.

  9. Michio says:

    Hi, Tony and Jeanne;
    It’s my turn to pray for your fast recovery. The LORD bless and keep and be gracious to you both.

    With much love and respect,


  10. Tony,

    Sorry to hear this – but glad it seems to have been caught early and prognosis is good. Glad too that God’s grace is carrying you and you are experiencing His peace that passes all understanding.

    Standing with you for a full recovery and many more years of ministry!


  11. Ed says:

    We’re glad that you have such good medical care, not to mention the One Who is the best of them all. Blessings on you, Tony, and may 2013 be the best year ever for you, your family and ministry with our God who only does wonderful things.


    Ed and Milta

    • tonyhedrick says:

      Thanks you guys.. I have been doing real well and just beginning with my first step today. I do real well as long as I don’t read too much about what could go wrong.

    • tonyhedrick says:

      Thanks you guys. We appreciate your prayer and friendship. Though prognosis is good, I have a few surprises that I have to work through. In all this make take eight months to complete.

  12. Keiko says:

    You and Mrs. Jeanne are in my thoughts and prayers! He is able!

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