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Lighting Candles At Mission San Xavier del Bac    Leave a comment

Tom Walking to Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson — Image by kenne

My hiking buddy, Tom Markey, has been home from the hospital and rehab for about ten days.
This past Sunday, I took him for a short walk in the Sweetwater Wetlands Park, and yesterday
he called me to see if I would go with him and Pat to Mission San Xavier del Bac — he wanted to light
some candles ahead of his third chemo session today.

Tom is a Quaker, so I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to ask him, “What’s a Quaker doing
lighting candles in a Catholic Church?” He replied, “I’ll take whatever help I can get — what have I got to lose.”
Tom is a very spiritual man.

While at the mission, I also lit some candles for Joy’s younger sister, Janna, who passed away yesterday
from a cardiac arrest. May she rest in peace.


Member Of The Band, Levon Helm, In Final Stages Of Cancer   Leave a comment

The family of Levon Helm announced today on his website that the legendary member of “The Band” was in the final stages of cancer. One of my favorite songs of his is “Wide River To Cross.”


A Test for Pancreatic Cancer   3 comments

The other day I received an email from a neighbor in which she forwarded an email she received from her doctor on a test for pancreatic cancer. One year ago the neighbor’s  good friend lost her life to pancreatic cancer — if only the test had been available at the first sign of discomfort. 

I’m sharing the doctor’s email because: (1) my neighbor cared enough to share it with her friends; (2) I’m impressed that her doctor took the time to send this important information to his patients; (3) we all need to watch for the symptoms.




I would like to share the latest information on a cancer that until very recently could only be discovered in its latest stages. Last year more than 43,000 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 36,800 died from it. The prognosis is often not optimistic because diagnoses occur in the latter stages of the disease. Unlike breast, prostate and colon cancers that have early-detection screenings which can discover the disease before symptoms appear, pancreatic cancer did not, until now. 

In an effort to improve survival rates, Mayo Clinic researchers identified a couple of pancreatic cancer markers consistent with stool samples of pancreatic cancer patients. This led to the development of a non-invasive, stool sample home test that can detect pancreatic cancer at any stage and location of the pancreas. The screening was presented at a recent scientific conference and awaits FDA approval. Researchers are hoping that these findings lead to additional early detection methods, as well as effective stool screenings for all gastrointestinal cancers. 

The risk of developing pancreatic cancer increases with age as the average age of diagnosis is 72. Men have a slightly higher risk of pancreatic cancer than women and African Americans are more likely to suffer from it than Caucasian Americans. Genetics, family history, diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver contribute to the risks as do occupational exposures to certain pesticides, dyes and chemicals. However, the biggest risks are lifestyle-related. Cigarette smoking, especially in conjunction with chronic pancreatitis, obesity, sedentary lifestyle and excessive alcohol intake all increase the risk. If you have one of these risks or begin experiencing symptoms like jaundice, abdominal or back pain, weight loss and/or digestive problems, make an appointment so we can talk about it. You can also learn more by visiting

Share the knowledge by forwarding this information to your loved ones, especially those who may be at risk for cancer. 

Healthy regards, 

Michael Finkelstein, MD

Posted July 28, 2011 by kenneturner in Information

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Sprint for Life In Houston   1 comment

We were in Houston on the 7th of May to take part in The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Sprint for Life:

  • 2775 registrations – the most ever
  • $533,000 in revenue so far, surpassing our goal by $33,000
  • Registrations from 25 states
  • A record 92 ovarian cancer survivor registrations
  • 64 groups and 28 corporate teams

Images of the crowd before the run, James & Jill, Kenne

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