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George McUrso -- posted on Facebook)

(April 17, 2020)  The infection did not reach the bone.  I have a couple of months of healing ahead of me, but the prognosis is for a good outcome. 

(April 16, 2020)  I regret to inform you all that after a 6 year run I am in the hospital with an infected sore. I am in Foothill Presbyterian room 417a . Foothill Presbyterian is located in the city of Glendora

(April 20, 2020)  I am going home.  I will need to stay off my foot for a minimum of a month and a half. 


Dot Fitch (January 2, 2019 -- after getting the information)


It turns out that all these year Don Fitch has been (quietly, of course) subscribing to APA-L without contributing. Marty Cantor reports — "When Don sold his house, the place into which he moved (Atria #212, 825 W. San Bernardino Rd., Covina, CA 91722) was what I thought was a Senior Citizens Retirement Facility." And indeed it is a senior citiiens retirement facility. See.
Marty went on, "It was only when he sent me a note with his latest payment into his APA-L account that he mentioned a hospice and also mentioned his cancer."  Marty Cantor announced this at LASFS on October 25, 2018.
I've told Marty that hospice arrangements may be made in one's home or in a special unit of a senior retirement facility or in a hospital for patients estimated to have less than six months to live.


Mark Poliner


July 3, 2018


“Give the People what they want - and they'll get what they deserve.”

It has been 2 months since I stopped the radiation and 6 months since I stopped the chemo. My next scan is on July 12. If the cancer is below detectable levels, I will be in remission. Yet, I still suffer the many effects of the invasions of my body… tiring easily, having no energy, getting cold chills (even on a summer day), forgetful, and moody.
I have learned there is no “cure” in cancer treatment, the cancer goes below detectable levels. That is considered remission. There is a chance the cancer may come back, I’ll get a different type of cancer, or I can be healthy for decades.

These facts could drive anyone suffering from this disease (or its after effects) crazy with worry. I have learned to take each day as itself. Some will be good, some bad. It is how you deal with each day, that can determine if you enjoy life, or give in to the uncertainty.

This is not to say this philosophy will always work. The after effects of chemo and radiation create effects the body can endure for months or years. Chemo brain can change an entire personality, create moodiness, and make me forgetful.
The best way to treat someone with cancer is to help keep them active. Dr. Elana Miller was, herself diagnosed. Her blog offers 44 ways to help a cancer patient (Huffpost 8/12/2014). Here are a few:

1. Don’t wait for them to make arrangements, instead suggest things you can do together; depression will make a cancer patient withdrawn. Offer to take them to the movies, museums, or wherever.
2. They know their body’s limits, respect that. Don’t push them beyond a comfort zone.
3. Remember to still be there a few months after the diagnosis, when it’s not so new anymore.
4. Ask what they need from you most right now... and then do it.



May 30, 2018


Hurry up and wait.
It has been a month since the radiation treatment. No new scans have been scheduled until beginning of July.

I had a phone consultation with the radiation oncologist this morning. I was hoping for news. What I received was her telling me that there is NOTHING new until the scans in July. The spleen measured 21 cm in January, but she doesn't expect the organ to shrink back anywhere near normal size. That isn't important, it is the amount of activity from the tumor that determines remission.

I did find out that the scans in January showed a much lower uptake in the radioactive compound in the PET scan. That means there is less activity in and around the tumor.

For those that are wondering why it is so long from the treatment to another scan, well the answer is complicated. Basically, the radiation is absorbed by the tumor faster than the surrounding tissue.
The large dosage of radiation absorbed by the tumor disrupts the cancer's DNA making it impossible to replicate. By waiting several generations of growth, they can see how much radiation is being absorbed by the PET scan, and then determine the size of the tumor.





May, 2018

Mark posted on Facebook on May 17, 2018
Mark’s Cancer Odyssey Month 8.
Hello, it’s been 3 weeks since the radiation treatment ended. So far I have not been experiencing many side effects. Still very tired and low energy.
I consult with the radiation oncologist the end of this month. At that time I will be scheduled for another scan to see how the treatment went.

Good news: my blood counts are getting closer to normal. My hemoglobin is 12 (normal is 14-16). My platelets are still low, 38,000 (normal is 130,000). Despite the better blood readings, I am still fatigued, weak, and experience extreme vertigo. (The vertigo is a mix of the anemia and the chemo/radiation.)

Mark posted on Facebook on March 28th

Episode 246 of My Adventure With Cancer

As we left our Intrepid Hero – two weeks ago I was measured and marked for the radiation therapy. Yesterday I went back for adjustments and tattoos for the alignment of the x-ray machine. I begin the treatment on 4/2.

During the time I will be treated, I will be living at a Kaiser apartment near the hospital. It will allow me easy access (1 block walk) to the facility, and close to work (Hollywood to Century City). It will cut out a lot of traffic and stress.

To recap last week’s cliffhanger --
Good News – I had an endoscope & colonoscopy last week. The results show the ulcer has healed.
Bad News – the enlarged spleen made it impossible to complete the colon scope.

Eylat Poliner commented: He is not allowed visitors in the radiation room, he is allowed visitors at the apartment and home

Mark Poliner commented:   Visitors are more than welcome and always appreciated.
Kitchen -- according to the brochure I was given, there ain't much in the way of kitchen supplies or cooking gadgets. It is suggesting having "a small kitchen appliance."  Looking to borrow an electric burner and small microwave.

Mark posted on Facebook on March 17th:

TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY:  Irradiation and the Oncologist.

This week I am feeling very irradiated. Tues I had a CT, Wed a PET, and Thurs another CT scan. This last scan was to plan the radiation treatment.

They put me in the CT, started aiming the beam where it needed to be, and then drew crosshatches all over my belly. With a Sharpie.

I go back on the 27th for ANOTHER CT scan to make sure the first aiming was correct. They will then replace the Sharpie with tattoos.

In other news, Eylat has come down with a cold and Anna has stomach issues.
Eylat has been the caretaker of this madhouse since I was diagnosed. She has been selfless and sympathetic to my issues. Huge shout-out to her.


Mark posted on Facebook on March 7th: 

I am going to need radiation. The oncologist said this should be a low dose treatment. I will be getting daily treatments over 18 days (except for weekends).

This week has been rough. Sunday I spent most of the day asleep, missing a visit from Martin Young. Monday and yesterday I had to leave work early due to dizzyness and chemo brain. Yesterday I was not able to concentrate on anything.
Today I am still very dizzy but have some energy to work and focus. I might need another transfusion.

Next week I am going to have a CT scan on Tues, a PET on Wed, and another CT on Thurs. The 2nd CT is for the radiation doctor to design my treatment. I am f***king scared.

My prognosis is still good. At this stage, I am looking at a 5 year survival of 70% after the radiation.



Mark posted on Facebook on March 6th:  TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY:  My Continuing Saga with Cancer
Last week I received the 6th full chemo treatment. Supposedly this is the full R-CHOP treatment. I am scheduled for a CT and PET scan next week. I am still waiting for the endoscope to see how the ulcer is doing.
I am being referred to a radiation oncologist to discuss radiation options. I thought the chemo was the regular protocol, without radiation. Apparently not. I have been fortunate to avoid the nausea from the chemo, with the radiation I know I will be tossing cookies.

Eylat Poliner posted on March 5th:  Mark Poliner:  six chemo treatments are done. We have an appointment to see the radiation specialist on Wednesday. Pending the results of a CT scan / pet scan on the 13 and 14 Mark may need more treatments. We won't know until we see the doctor on the 19th. I'm super anxious.




Milt Stevens:  see Memorials
September 29, 2017:  Milt Stevens had a medical emergency (no details) and was admitted to a hospital.
     Posed on Facebook by Karl Lembke (September 29, 2017): 
     Milt is currently in Intensive Care at the Woodland Hills Kaiser Permanente. I'm not sure if he's terribly lucid right now. Visiting hours are noon to 8PM. Only one visitor at a time is allowed in the room at one time.
    There are two people who are cleared to receive information from the hospital about Milt's condition, and they both know who they are.  If you don't know you're one of those two, don't bother asking the hospital.


Francis Hamit:  (seen on Facebook on October 17, 2016):  Went into the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration hospital for a total replacement of his right hip on September 27th. With no wi-fi available he had to resort to handwritten messages handed off to Associate Producer Gavin Claypool to keep the film on track for meetings at the American Film Market in Santa Monica next month. He also celebrated (?) his 72nd birthday there and wrote some additional dialog for the screenplay.

Norman Spinrad is now blogging "At Large."

John & Perdita Boardman are now in an assisted living facility.  Their daughter writes (May 15, 2010, relayed through Mark Blackman)::

[John] is doing quite well in his new situation [in a cottage]....He still naps during the day as walking wears him out a bit, but nothing like sleeping all day. He has people coming in three times a day to help him check his blood sugar and to ensure he gets his meds. He goes to the dining hall twice a day for lunch and dinner (where they keep to his diet plan for him) which he must go outside to walk to so he is getting that exercise daily. He is currently escorted to ensure he can make it safely. He eats breakfast at home.

He is walking very well, and been using the cane more often than the walke...Twice a week they have trivia at the community building...he enjoyed that immensely and plans to attend in the future. I saw a few other activities on the calendar that he circled so he looks to be making plans. He is going to the doctor Monday, where they will evaluate his diabetes. His sugar has been up and down, generally running higher than lower, but he did drop to 60 once.

My mom Perdita is doing the best that can be expected. She is in [a] room a short distance from my father's cottage. She remains in a very confused state.  Her long term memory -- say pre-90s -- is pretty good though it does show significant gaps. She forgot she had grandchildren. Her intelligence is still very strongly intact. However, the short term is completely gone in every aspect. When my father goes to see her it is the first time she has seen him in forever each time and she gets very emotional. I wish there was a way to have them together but her need for 24 care and his need for independence really make that impossible.

We set up John's computer yesterday so I will try to see if he will focus on getting something typed up....His e-mail will be set up this weekend, and we'll attempt to teach him how to use it shortly afterwards.
I will definitely be taking him to BaltiCon [May28-31] on the Sat of the Con,probably arriving sometime after lunch and stay as late as he can manage. I plan to take him to his place to sleep that night. We'll see how tired he is, if he can manage Sunday for any amount of time.

BTW his physical mailing address is:
John Boardman
5820 Genesis Lane Unit 508
Frederick MD 21703

He still has his cell phone (718-736-4901) which would be a local call for New Yorkers.
His land line number is expected to be 240-575-9455.

Mike Glicksohn wrote on April 22nd  ""After three weeks of physical and mental anxiety, I've learned that the bone biopsy on my left hip came back positive for cancer,

"So at the end of April, I'll have a cystoscopy to check my bladder and prostate, then early in May will meet with my oncologist, and ventually will have a full course of chemotherapy."


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