Retired businessman Bob Dickinson credits his primary care physician and a renowned cancer surgeon at Miami Cancer Institute for saving his life, after a lesion was discovered on his pancreas. See how Mr. Dickinson's strong faith and positive attitude played a major role in his cancer journey.
I went to a primary care physician dr Felipe devalue and he said, you don't look quite right if you have a few more minutes, let me run another blood test or two. And I said sure. And he said sure enough, in all probability of a lesion on your pancreas. I said, what is that? I said, well, unfortunately that's cancer. The diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is not an easy one on the early stages in his case was discovered early because he had a primary care physician that was extremely astute Miami Cancer Institute. Apparently been putting together this dream team of surgeons and uh and he's the best in the country and Philip and said, this is the guy, we don't have to look any further. You know, the majority of patients who think kelly cancers have now new options that weren't there before there is hope when you receive that diagnosis put the energy on the things you can control. So when I learned that the lesion is just a euphemism for cancer, um I was very mellow with it. I'm old enough to understand what's important in life. Have a very good relationship with God. I'm blessed with a beautiful wife Andrea Four wonderful Children and grandchildren and stressed to me is a is a very powerful, very negative energy. I'm gonna go through the journey. I can do this. Others have done this is going to approach this positively and let's figure out what God wants for me in my life. There's no question that surgery is the best option for a patient of pancreatic cancer. Um It is even today, the only known way to cure pain. Credit cancer. He wanted me to Really understand what the risks of the procedure is. It's six hours and 45 minutes under the knife. The whipple procedure is a very complex procedure. It's probably one of the most complex, if not the most complex procedure in the abdomen. That's done routinely. We have been able to master what we call the minimal access approach to the pancreas, which is rather than doing a big incision, you put a small, you know, small incisions, put a cannula. The minimal access approach allows you much better visualization because of the magnification of the areas and structures many times. The pancreatic duct is one millimeter That it's extremely small size. They cut 40% of the pancreas eliminated. That I started the Chemo therapy that went for six months. So now it'll be totally disease free for three years. Come next, March one. Never was any anguish or depression or anything like that. It was, it was a journey just like every other journey in my life. And it has challenges and opportunities and you know, you make lemonade out of lemons. Well, that's the part that it's not emphasized enough attitude, support group and faith. Mr Dickinson has tremendous faith. I don't necessarily think that has to be a particular religion. Just find something to have real faith. We had a little ceremony and I rang the dog, It was quite a quite a lot of fun and Dr Aspen was there, and Dr Duvalier and these two doctors saved my life. Dr Duvalier by identifying it. Then, of course, Dr Osborne and his team very caring, very intelligent, very in tune. I would recommend him to absolutely anybody without the least Kwame Yeah.