Lawrence doctor, author to discuss life-saving cancer screenings on Thursday

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Lawrence Cancer Center radiation oncologist Darren Klish will talk about the cancer screenings that are recommended for you and your family members during a community presentation.

The event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine.

Dr. Klish also will discuss facts and controversies surrounding cancer screenings.

He will be joined by Kansas City author Karen McWhirt. She will share the story of her son’s battle with testicular cancer and how early detection and treatment could have saved his life.

McWhirt is the author of “Together We Will Win: What Happens When We Don’t Talk About Testicular Cancer; A Young Man’s Story.”

Karen McWhirt, the author of this book, will discuss her son's story and the importance of cancer screenings Thursday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Karen McWhirt, the author of this book, will discuss her son's story and the importance of cancer screenings Thursday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 2 of the book:

“This is bad, Mom, I can feel it, and I want to know what’s going on.” I could still see fear in her eyes, and I could tell that she had words in her that she was afraid to speak, and that scared me even more.

“Let’s just do what the doctor says, Ian, and we’ll see, okay?” I didn’t know it at the time, but she was praying the doctor was wrong, that it was all a mistake.

“But I want to know why he wants me to be admitted into the hospital, Mom, when I’m not even sick! I’m not going to be admitted into the hospital unless I know why, Mom...” In my mind, a hospital was a place only for people so sick they needed surgery, or those with a terrible disease, or dying. I wasn’t any of those things. I just had a bad stomach ache and some nausea, maybe the flu.

She looked straight at me and in a barely audible voice said, “He thinks you have cancer, Ian.”

The program is free but advance registration is requested. Call ConnectCare at 749-5800 or visit the Your Health and Education tab at lmh.org to reserve your space.

Tagged: Lawrence Cancer Center, screenings, cancer

Comments

Steve Tramba 7 years, 1 month ago

As a testicular cancer survivor of only 3 months so far, I cannot stress the impact that Dr. Klish will share with attendees. I felt a growth before any discomfort, & my screening came back negative for spread beyond the growth (to date). While I haven't read this book mentioned, I can't stress enough to my fellow males to check themselves regularly & if ANYTHING is unusual, go see your DR. As in my case (given my excellent prognosis)... it literally may save your life!!

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