Mondelez West Area Team wrote -
We are running in honor of our co-worker Gery who has been fighting 2 different types of cancer since 2011. We will be running in the Livermore Race to the Flagpole on November 9th, 2013. Please help us raise money in honor of Gery Beachnau.
Please read his incredibly brave story.
Hello My name is Gery Beachnau.
I wanted to share a brief story about my cancer challenges. In late October of 2011, only 4 days apart from each other, I was diagnosed with both Prostate and T-cell Lymphoma cancer. After some consultation from my hematologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; we decided to attack the prostate cancer first. My prostate was removed along with some cancer cell margins outside the organ robotically on 12/12/11. I have had PSA’s performed every 3-4 months since the surgery, with no signs of cancer in the prostate area.
In April of 2012 I began CHOP chemotherapy to address the T-cell Lymphoma. After 3 rounds of CHOP therapy the T-cell lymphoma was not responding. In August of 2012 I went through 3 rounds of “ICE” chemotherapy. This therapy showed a significant improvement on one side of my throat but, none on the other side with the cancer. In January of 2013 I began another 3 round session of chemotherapy with a drug called Pralatrexate. The T-cell lymphoma activity reduced dramatically on both sides of my throat. This set the stage for my stem cell transplant that was performed on 7/25/13. After being in the hospital for 23 days, I’m currently recovering at home and gaining my strength back slowly. PET scans will follow for the next two years to check on any cancer activity. If nothing shows after two years, I’m told that I have beat this disease.