Daniel obeys court, shows up at hospital appointment

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER and JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: May 28, 2009 - 10:21 AM

The boy was greeted with "open loving arms" at his meeting with cancer specialists; he has a chemotherapy appointment Thursday.

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MellersMay. 27, 09 9:13 PM

While I'm concerned that Daniel and his family are being coddled and getting extra attention that many patients at Children's Hospital doesn't get, I'm glad he's FINALLY back for treatment. As a cancer survivor (somewhat similar type and a fairly similar success rate), I can breathe easily again.

memorylaneMay. 27, 09 9:21 PM

But, hopefully, we can move on.

dinodinoMay. 27, 0910:29 PM

Can we give this family some privacy? There is probably some real news that you should be reporting instead of this family's business.

countryfirstMay. 27, 0910:48 PM

clothing, haircuts, transportation, etc.? The pages and pages for day after day that has focused on this family's personal problem is ridiculous! Yet when Pawlenty takes an action that effects thousands of impoverished, disabled adults, there is no coverage, no reaction, no pictures, no commentary on the impact. An adult with disabilities living in a group home was able to keep $101 or $129 per month from his SI until Pawlenty decided to cut it to $89 per month. He's running a presidential campaign on the backs of the most vulnerable. He wouldn't want to alienate any business or wealthy person who might contribute to his campaign. Instead of "sharing the pain", he chose to give adults with disabilities a 25% cut - what a courageous leader!

bradtheissenlaMay. 28, 09 1:38 AM

Mankato has a regional Cancer Center,part of Mayo, 30 miles from New Ulm. Why are they wearing out this patient by going to Minneapolis, about 100 miles away?

bradtheissenlaMay. 28, 09 1:42 AM

The family chose to make this a public matter. It is a learning experience, a teachable moment, for the community. Now if the StarTribune could start using a picture of him with his hair growing out, it would lessen the political tinge of previous pictures of his shaved head. Chemo does not equal hair loss - despite stupid antics in the past of groups of people shaving their heads in support of cancer patients.

toughenupMay. 28, 09 2:01 AM

Thirteen glasses of fresh, raw carrot/apple and green-leaf juices prepared hourly from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Three full vegetarian meals, freshly prepared from organically grown fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A typical meal will include salad, cooked vegetables, baked potatoes, vegetable soup and juice. Fresh fruit and fresh fruit dessert available at all hours for snacking, in addition to the regular diet. Plus, Potassium compound, Lugol's solution, Vitamin B-12, Thyroid hormone, Injectable Crude Liver Extract, Pancreatic Enzymes, Enemas of coffee and/or chamomile. That would be alternative treatment. Not aromatherapy, acupuncture and yoga. Even though those additional gestures will be nice and soothing for Daniel. When Dr. Albert Schweitzer was cured of diabetes at the age of 75 with this treatment, he called his physician one of the great geniuses of the century. Schweitzer lived into his 90's.

jrodgers22May. 28, 09 2:38 AM

Probably because there are pediatric oncologists there. Taking him to see an adult oncologist in Mankato would be like taking a 80 year with Alzheimer's to see a pediatrician. They are trained to treat different diseases.

bradtheissenlaMay. 28, 09 3:01 AM

There's this thing called the telephone. A newer sibling is known as the Internet. Oncologists at Mankato Mayo, call the Oncologists at Rochester Mayo, and they consult each other on devising a treatment program based on the Lymph Node biopsy and blood panel results. Medicine and medical treatment is not geocentric. It is established biomedical practice that the prognosis for a patient is better if the patient can be treated with lessened physical demands on his body (such as traveling, and time of day of treatment). The other geographical matter is the high prevalence of Lymphomas in rural areas with exposure to farm pesticides. It might be time for the family - or anyone else who develops a cancer not specific to cigarette smoke - to move to a cleaner geographic area.

wardnjuneMay. 28, 09 5:28 AM

This story is over. He's home, he's back in treatment (as are no doubt, thousands of other kids)and hopefully he will recover. I don't want to read any more about it. Please do not subject us (or him) to any stories regarding his reactions to chemo. Leave him alone now. Sheesh.


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