Dr. Chism is how most people fondly refer to this man. He is a very special & respected OB/GYN in Dublin, Ga. It is hard to find someone that knows him that does not love him! He has practiced medicine in Dublin over 30 years. He recently incidentally found a small lump in his neck. After CT scan & needle biopsy at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin it was determined to be highly suspicious of squamous cell carcinoma. Wow, this was a big shock! This man is not supposed to be sick; his life has been taking care of sick people & bringing the precious gift of a new baby (or babies) to countless families. A Pet scan was then done & thank God the only place in his body to show any suspicious abnormal activity was this nodule in his neck. But where did it start? He was then referred to MD Anderson in Houston, Tx to try & determine an origin. After many tests (which was hard for Dr. Chism because he is not as comfortable being on the receiving end of medical attention), it was determined that his cancer is coming from the tonsil. Doctors there decided not to remove the tonsils because of the strong possibility of leaving him with several permanent problems such as swallowing & eating. They did however say that the type cancer he has is very receptive to radiation treatment. He was told that his prognosis is excellent & that if he had to have a cancer this is one of the better ones because the cure rate is so high. Praise the Lord! On the downside, he was strongly encouraged to have his treatments at MD Anderson...in Texas! The type radiation he will be receiving is not available in our area. While we are so very thankful there is treatment we are saddened that he has to be so far away from his family, friends, & patients during this time. Dr. Chism is a very positive. He says he is going to fight this...he is NOT going to retire or close his practice. Most of all he wants everyone to know he is Ok & he is going to be Ok. He just has some work to do to fight this beast so he can return to what he loves so much, practicing medicine not receiving! He will be leaving soon for several weeks to begin this journey. Please keep him in your prayers...and thank you for your support!