How Much ICRC Means to Us
Dear Ironwood Nurses:
I didn’t realize my last appointment at Ironwood was going to be my last appointment. I suppose if I really thought about it I would have known, but I have learned to live moment by moment and hadn’t prepared myself for that one.
It was like all my best friends in the world (actually, I do have more friends than you- ha-ha, but at that moment, my mind was just focusing on all of you) Cindi and Karen stood in a room telling me they really liked me but they couldn’t be friends with me anymore. (Okay, that is not what they said, but that it’s what I heard sort of.) I didn’t know which scared me, hurt me, or angered me the most; the loss of friends, or the loss of the lifeline I had been holding onto for six years.
I knew the course, I have always known the outcome, and I knew the day would come. But, it didn’t help the reality of the situation.
It has always amazed me the work you do, the compassion you show, the knowledge behind every bit of advice you have ever given me. I have never once felt I asked a stupid question, or I asked the same question too many times.
I won’t carry on and on with the letter. Just know that I care about each and every one of you and you have made a difference in my life. My family and I are eternally grateful.
Hospice nurses/personnel are nice too, but not like the Ironwood angels.
Bless you for all the lives you touch, and the difference you make for so many cancer patients and their caregivers/families.
In the fall of 1999 as I was finishing up field work on our farm in Iowa, I realized I had a problem with my throat and swallowing. After we finished harvest my wife and I packed up and made our annual winter trip to Arizona. When we arrived I knew I had to see a doctor, so I went to see my Medical Doctor Dean Seeman. He scheduled me for a scope to look at my throat, and realized I had cancer of the esophagus. He immediately sent me to oncologist Dr. Khanuja and more tests showed surgery was not an option. Dr. Khanuja immediately started me on a treatment of Chemotherapy plus Radiation therapy, 28 radiation treatments, one every day, five days a week, along with Chemo treatments. Effects of these treatments were quite severe; as time went on they had to place a feeding tube direct to my stomach as I could not swallow at all by then. I told Dr. Khanuja he had to quit treatments as I could not take it anymore, the doctor insist they continue to treat me, which was a good plan, as time went on and more tests I was soon diagnosed as cancer free, and still am after 10 years. We were so impressed with Dr. Khanuja and his knowledge of treatments as he told us he worked in Michigan before coming to Mesa with cancer research.
My wife was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer in the summer of 2004, she had two surgeries in our home town in Iowa, then was transferred her to Mesa for Chemo treatments from Dr. Khanuja, as we had every bit of faith with him and his care. Lois also had strong Chemotherapy and has been cancer free ever since.
We count it a real blessing to be a part of the Ironwood Cancer & Research Center and are so thankful for the nurses there and especially Dr. Khanuja. We continue to tell our friends and family how much you all mean to us.
Gordon & Lois
From a Patients Daughter
Thank you for taking care of my Mom. I especially want to thank you for your compassion, warmth and care that you provided for my mom the last 17 months. I vividly recall the day you told my mom she had stage 4 cancer and how you did so with kindness and sincerity. Since that time your regular visits were highlights throughout the many months of treatment. My mom would glow and happily report that you said she looked wonderful. I know your care, concern and kindness made my moms journey through treatment bearable. Thank you for the gift you are to your patients the medical profession and our world is a better place thanks to you.
Your Expression of Sympathy brought us Comfort
Thank you for the excellent care you gave my mom. Talking Steelers and Penguins helped take her mind off what was going on. We all appreciate you more than you know.
The Doctor Who Was Always There
Thank you for all the wonderful care you and your staff gave to Harvey. We had a lot of rough roads in the cancer world and you were our wonderful doctor who was always there.
Bosom Buddies ~ The Talk
Thank you Dr. Musci for the great talk you gave to the Bosom Buddies. We really enjoyed it and learned a lot. We appreciate your expertise to be able to talk so easily with so much knowledge.
Your Commitment to Me
I wanted to express my gratitude for all the help you’ve provided me over the last two and half years. Thank you for being there for me anytime I needed you. You made this experience as bearable as possible.
Dear Doctors and Staff,
Enough gratitude cannot be expressed toward the doctors and staff of Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers. A special accolade is extended to the nurses, technicians and office staff who were courteous, well informed and professional.
As of March 2010, I was officially informed that my cancer is in remission.
Ten months ago, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and if left untreated only 6 months to live. Success of treatment to gain remission was judged 20%. Over my lifetime, I had known others with similar maladies that suffered terribly.
My first inclination was to let nature take its course. But a discussion with Dr. Musci persuaded me to evaluate current-day therapy quality of life. Both Dr. Musci and Dr. Ambrad, with minimal side effects, were instrumental in guiding their therapy to a successful conclusion.
Because of You
You have done more for my dad than any other doctor we just wanted to say thanks. You are an amazing doctor you go the extra mile for your patients and we noticed. Because you took the time to order tests on my dad he is doing fine.
My mom and dad, my 3 sisters and I want to thank you for the wonderful care you gave my mom over the past months, working with her to achieve the goal of returning to their home in Minnesota. We all appreciate your careful planning and medical expertise, as well as the detailed explanations of the treatments, side effects and possible outcomes. We also appreciate the respect, compassion and humor with which you treated both my mom and dad.
We would also like to extend our thanks to all the staff at Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers who helped mom and dad in any way. They both speak highly of the efficient and caring staff they dealt with at the clinic; whether it was the nurse, technician, receptionist, or billing person, they found everyone to be most helpful.