As I round chemo corner, half-way through my treatments, I’m running as fast as I can to stay slightly ahead of the side effects. Breathing hard and stumbling on weary legs, I keep seeing these beautiful women, half my size, just ahead of me, wearing their head-scarves, adjusting to life with cancer
Ken Burger is rarely short on words. Well-known author and former Post and Courier columnist, Burger has been a prominent voice in the Lowcountry for decades, but on Thursday, May 21, when the Roper St. Francis Foundation and Cancer Center leaders dedicated a consultation room in his honor, he was nearly speechless.
When it comes to cancer, the doctor-patient relationship is a lifelong commitment, and that means your life, not theirs. When a patient has been through five or six treatments in the sword fight against a progressive disease, the wear and tear can be debilitating.
Seven years into my journey with prostate cancer my oncologist walked into the examination room and said, “Ken, treatment for prostate cancer has changed.” Really? When?
Cancer can be an inconvenient conversation. People want to know how you’re doing, but they might not be ready for all the gory details. It’s like driving by a bad accident on the highway. You can’t help but look but hope you don’t see anything ugly.
Try as she did, the Red Cross nurse couldn’t get the big steel needles in my arms to cooperate. One clotted. The other simply didn’t work. Therefore, Plan B in my recent adventure to receive the Provenge treatments for my prostate cancer involved some minor surgery.
By Ken Burger For many patients at Roper Hospital, Abe Wilson is the first smiling face they see. That’s because Abe has been Ramp Master at the main entrance to Roper on Calhoun Street since the hospital instituted its complimentary valet parking back in 2006. “Since Day One,” the 66-year-old Wilson says with a broad smile. …