Peter Richardson was having significantly increasing pain in his stomach earlier in February. Following doctors orders for treating constipation, Peter took laxatives and pain killers for 5 months, but nothing was helping. When he went back to the doctor a second time they did a CT scan and found a large mass in his abdomen and gave him pain medication until they knew what it was. He was diagnosed on June 22nd with Stage 4 Small Cell Carcinoma.
After being at ITC for about a week and having a PET scan he discovered there were also two smaller tumors, one in his chest and one in his groin. The original, large tumor was now pushing against his kidney. After about 8 weeks with the treatments at ITC, two of the smaller tumors are gone and the 37cm tumor that was taking over his life is now down to 3cm. His levels are down from 20 to 3 and Peter is filled with so much gratitude and hope.
“The treatments here were very simple, very painless, amazingly simple and effective. Within a week I was starting to walk back and forth from the hotel. I was able to have conversations. I was feeling better and eating—I couldn’t remember the last time I had eaten. I started to enjoy myself and started having a life with my wife again. We felt like were on a vacation.”
“One thing that will stick with me for the rest of my life is each time I have gone in to speak with Dr. Bautista I’ve asked him how he is and he would always say, ‘I’m fine, but the real question is, Peter, how are you?’ The compassion and love I feel coming from Dr Bautista is…he’s like a father. Absolutely the ideal father. This has been the most difficult time in my life and to be surrounded by such an incredible staff, I am so thankful. I get to go home and finally meet our fourth grandchild. A second lease on life”