Panama City resident Jim Berrey was recently diagnosed with 3 different kinds of cancers.
"The primary one is multiplemianoma, which is bone marrow, which so far there is no cure."
It's an extremely rare type of cancer which usually means having to travel to a large cancer hospital for treatment.
Berrey says "most of the people were going to Jacksonville, Orlando, or other areas away from their loved ones.
You get good doctors in those places but not the individual attention."
Local doctors referred Berrey to Dr. Kun Frank Lu who opened up an oncology practice in Bay County about a year ago.
Dr. Lu says "my philosophy is to take care of the whole patient, not just the disease."
New statistics show approximately 11.7 million Americans with a history of cancer are alive today, thanks to advancements in treatment.
However, Dr. Lu believes patients being educated on prevention is what really makes a difference.
In his words "the best doctors treat the disease that has not formed.
He also says one of the biggest prevention measures is kicking the habit.
Something he is firm about.
"When a patient comes here and they are smoking, they will not leave the room until they say Dr. Lu I'm going to quit."
He also believes, a positive attitude can help your over all health.
something Berrey has covered.
"He's already told me I'm one of those whose probably going to live longer than anybody else because of that."
The new cancer report finds people who aren't educated about their disease are more than twice as likely to die.
If you'd like to know more about Dr. Lu's practice you can call him at 850-270-1242.
His office is located on Jenks Avenue.
His staff told Newschannel Seven, he will even answer his cell phone at all hours of the night.
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