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Dealing a Death Blow to Cancer
by Edward Phillips

Monday, June 08, 2009
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In 2006 I was treated for prostate cancer at the Dattolli Cancer Center in Sarasota, Florida. The treatment consisted of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and "seed" implants of radioactive palladium pellets. Patients become members of a survivors club and are called "Beamers." The staff and physicians at the center were absolutely wonderful. During the 5 hours or so of my recovery following the seed implants, I penned the following light-hearted limericks in gratitude to all of them.

Seed Power


My prostate is filled with palladium

Which is even much stronger than radium.

Now each time I sneeze

It buckles my knees and

Turns on the lights in the stadium.


Beamer’s Delight


This guy from up north was a clown

Till his prostate turned ugly and brown.

He went under the beam

With the Dattolli team

Now he’s the happiest clown in the town.


Double Trouble


When his prostate got him in trouble

He wanted to hide in a bubble.

He wrote Dattolli a letter

They made it “all better”

And pulled him right out of the rubble.




They aligned him with skill and great care,

Then zapped him through his underwear.

Now he’s fit as a fiddle

Singin’ hey diddle diddle

And high as a kid at the fair.


Beamers’ Reunion


They stood there in fear of their fates

But when asked for the name cancer hates

They sang out “Dattolli”

And then Holy Moly!

Heaven opened its bright pearly gates.





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Reviewed by Mary Tilley 9/5/2012
These are really great! You should write a book that is strictly for cancer survivors and their families and those suffering from cancer...
Reviewed by Connie Faust 8/31/2012
Great limericks and a greater must have been a joy to have as a patient!

Reviewed by pat medlin 3/7/2011
clever and cool!
Reviewed by Frank Whyte 1/19/2011
As an old oncology RN, it is refreshing to see such a positive attitude reflected in these cheerful limericks. Ultimately, we have a choice in how desperate events shape us and you, Edward, have certainly taken the road less-traveled. Bravo!
Reviewed by Richard King 1/9/2011
Edward, Love your spirit and since I've just read your poem; ON MY BIRTHDAY and several others written since this one, it's apparent that you have "defeated the monster" at least in the short term. Lost my wife to breast cancer way back in 1986 and I’m ever so mindful of all “survivors.” Congratulations. I have been enjoying your work, please keep them coming.

Thanks Dick

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