Dr. Rod Barnes, a longtime Lawrence family physician, will discuss his journey with leukemia during a program at 7 p.m. Monday, May 14, in the auditorium at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine.
The event is free and open to the public. After talking about his battle with leukemia, he will take questions.
In February 2010, Barnes stepped away from his practice, Lawrence Family Medicine & Obstetrics, to battle chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. He had been fighting the disease for five years, and this was the third recurrence. He went through chemotherapy treatments and then had a bone marrow transplant in July 2010 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Three months later, he returned to Lawrence to recover.
In January, he was able to return to practicing medicine, and he has decided to share his experience because so many patients and friends have asked about it.
During the forum, he said nothing would be off limits as far as the discussion.
“I am like an open book,” he said. “They can ask me anything.”