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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                HeraldZeltung May a 9A Information key to fighting cancer effectively Denny Somoskey ByTERRIBROTZE Special to the HeraldZeitung It is 56yearold Denny Somoskeys perserverance and willingness to dig for the truth that saved her life and her sanity in her four year battle with rectal cancer My cancer was a fast growing cancer It multiplied They considered I had it six months If I didnt do something right away I could recalls Somoskey Found in a routine exam one October morning in 1993 the small lump or quamous cell carcinoma sat at the very bottom of her bowel just inside the rectum with very little evidence of being there It felt like cauliflower It was Somoskey remembered But the funny thing was I didnt have any symptoms I had been sweating sweeping up sawdust and running around tending to the business of building a house all summer long My bowel just seemed a little Two days later a colonoscopy followed by surgery to remove her rectum part of the colon and the back part of the vagina sent her into a tailspin You get the news the doctors tell you what you have to do and your gut tells you boom this is She said she believed it was important to have someone there with you to help sort things out from the very moment the cancer is revealed My husband was out of town the day my doctor found the lump My son was in San Antonio I didnt know where to go or what to do I finally ended up at a nurse friends house I remember the look on her face when I said I have Somoskey said with tears in her eyes She and her husband took me home I broke the news to my husband and son and crawled into bed That was the last time I felt sorry for Instead of self pity Somoskey became determined to find out everything there was to know about the disease She friends and support groups and read everything she could find about the disease The doctors had a hard time coming down to my level They spent so much time talking with me But I never could understand what ACS Starligh Gala The Comal County American Cancer Society provides extensive information for cancer victims and their families Contact Bob Peterson for complete information at 6253252 The only fund raiser for the local ACS unit Starlight in Red White and Blue opens at the Civic Center at Friday June 20th with a military flair this year The black tie affair offers elegant fun and entertainment by The catering by Clear Springs starting at per couple For reservations contact Gala Chairman Kathy McLeod You could save a life was going on so I learned on my Two months after the surgery Somoskey was required to take triple doses of chemotherapy before and after radiation five days a week for two months They said I had to take it for maintenance just in case some of the cancer was left said Somoskey She said she believed it was the radiation and chemo treatments that changed her life They shot my hips one day and front and back the other day They mark you and have black out spots The doctor said I may have just a little scar tissue on the bladder and that was But instead Somoskey was left with second and third degree burns damaging her bladder liver and vagina Nobody ever considered the vaginal area They could have blacked it out It became shoe leather brown and Three gynecologists later and four long years of digging and questioning finally brought Somoskey the answer shed been looking for A friend suggested reconstructive surgery So I searched for the best plastic and reconstructive surgeon He told me my problem was But the doctor also told her the procedure used was in fact invented by one of thegynecologists shehad previously seen Now why wouldnt that doctor if he invented the procedure give me that option The information was there yet it wasnt given to Looking back Somoskey said she is pleased to announce the opening of his practice in Mult and Pediatnc Urology Dr Harris is leaving his current position as Assistant Professor of Urology at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and Chief of Urology at the Audie L Murphy Veterans Hospital to join Cary Leverett Together Dr Harris and Dr Leverett will form Comal Urology Associates New patients will be welcome July 1 1997 Dr Harris is certified by the American Board of Urology 876 Loop 337 Building C Suite 302 New Braunfels Texas 78130 GERMANIA FARMER VEREIN 122nd ANNUAL MAYFEST AT THE ANHAL HI HOT 4 Nnr luulcll 1 Bltti Well e U 1 Ill H AikiH Noon Beef Pot Roast Sauerkraut and all the trimmings while ft lasts Country western Dandnfl Featuring HOME OMTinu Featuring Dannie ANTIQUE FARM EQUIPMENT SHOW Contort Eugene MocUer 6091 108 StnvSiUflfcal BilWaz Modkt 6252117 6016244 9042292 believed the greatest travesty of her battle with cancer was not receiving all of her options not receiving full information so she could make informed decisions Shes not alone Dr Richard Evans an oncology surgeon in Houston said surgeries of today are as radical as they were 20 years ago with many cancers even though statistics show heavily that conservative treatments are as effective and much less painful for the patient We used to believe a cancerous tissue had to be removed along with everything around it Then zapped with to rads and high doses of chemotherapy no matter where the cancer was found or how big it was Thats just not so Studies in Canada Europe and the United States show a conservative treatment provides the same life expectancy as a radical and offers a better life for the Evans said The recurrence rate is exactly the same as a radical Yet he said a radical procedure is recommended by the medical community most of the time Its simply of stubbomess on the part of some doctors Its an ego thing for others They are used to calling the shots Now the patient wants all the information and should have it to make their own decisions about how they the patient wants to manage their The author of Making the Right Choice Treatment Options in Cancer Evans recommends anyone diagnosed with cancer to seek a second opinion from a conservative doctor They can be hard to locate Talk to support groups and friends in the medical Anyone who has been through a bout with cancer will have a lot of information to He said the Internet is one of the best resources for cancer victims The Internet has cancer support groups nationwide Dialogue with them Send them an Elytail You can leam as much about the cancer in your body as your doctor But Evans encourages cancer victims to get rid of the cancer as quickly as possible Get a second opinion then get the disease out of your body right away Early detection is still the most effective way But find out about the radiation and chemo before you do He suggests 1 Ask your doctor what the advantage of radiation or chemo would be for your particular cancer in your age bracket 2 What are the possible complications or side effects 3 Determine the attitude of your surgeon or doctor are they sympathetic or hostile toward conservative treatment 4 When did your doctor or surgeon begin treating cancer patients many conservative surgeries began in the mid1980s 5 Check out or purchase books relating to your particular cancer 6 Dialogue with other patients right away 7 Check into other options such as hormonal therapy or cryosurgery the freezing of cancer 8 Find out what your body will be like after the surgery and treatment is complete will all your parts be working as they were Evans said the bottom line is for patients to expect and require complete information from their physicians at every stage and every level You have to take a he said Editors note This is the second in a fivepart series about the American Cancer Society and the Starlight Gala Elizafcetk Harris MO is pleased to announce the opening of her practice in Plastic Surgery Specializing fn Breast Surgery Enlargement Reduction PostCancer Reconstruction Laser Removal of Wrinkles Body 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