GOD BLESS YOU!
My healing has already started.
First, I've learned that the tumor on the pituitary gland in my brain is benign.
Second, I've made a "dramatic response" to new medications I'm taking to help treat my end-stage congestive heart failure, which, Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam, the University of Chicago Medical Center's world renown cardiac surgeon, had first felt signaled the need for me to get a heart transplant as soon as possible.
Third, my prostate cancer has been diagnosed as "localized" and "early-stage" by Dr. Glenn Gerber, UCMC urologist, and can be cured by a minimum invasive radiation-seeds-implant procedure called brachytherapy.
All this means that my healing indeed is in progress.
When I shared this news with the members of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Thursday night, where I was preaching their 83rd church anniversary revival, the Pastor Joseph Jackson and his saints there greeted the good news with a rousing standing ovation, spiced with shouts of "Hallalujah!" and "Thank you Jesus!"
"When I invited Rev. Banks to be our guest minister again this year, I knew we would get some good preaching because he is one of the best preachers in the world," Pastor Joseph Jackson said. "But this week, we not only got good preaching, we got some good healing, too."
In reference to my brain cancer, I have learned after talking with Dr. Allison Hahr, an endocrinologist at Northwestern Medial Faculty Facility, that, for all practical purposes, the tumor is benign.
"It's something that we will continue to watch to make sure it does not grow and get worse," she said. "In that case, you could need surgery. But in the interim, it's doing no harm. Right now, it's not secreting anything. I'll have a better idea after you have another MRI and urine analysis."
Second, yesterday (May 8), Dr. Allen Anderson, University of Chicago Medical Center cardiologist, told me "You are making a dramatic response to the new medicine and you doing much better than we expected."
"It's Jesus," I said. "Do you believe in miracles?"
"Yes, I do," he said.
"Well, I am a healing in progress," I said.
Dr. Anderson had examined me for the first time since my April 4 release from a five-day stay in UCMC, where they sent me through a battery of tests to clear me for a heart transplant.
There were at least a dozen people in Thursday's congregation who came up and told me they either
had been through at least one of my three medical issues (brain cancer, prostate cancer and end-stage
congestive heart failure) or are presently going through it.
These include Deacon W.C. Washington, who just underwent a cardiac triple-bypass just about a
month ago and is recovering very well. Then there is also Eugene McKinney, the grandfather of Michael
(Juice) Thompson, who was Northwestern's starting point guard as a freshman this past basketball
"I had prostate cancer, too," McKinney said "But rather than have my entire prostate removed, as a lot
of doctors recommended, I had the radiation seeds implanted in the prostate. I was back to work in a day
or two and the radiation seeds killed the cancer."
The Rev. Samuel Hinkle, a former school teacher and the current pastor of the Cathedral of Joy Baptist
Church in Homewood, had a fight with prostate cancer in 2002. He likewise took the matter to the
Lord in prayer and fasting, acquired as much information as he could on the subject and sought the
assistance of doctors.
"Two or three doctors suggested radical surgical removal of the prostate," Rev. Hinkle said. "But a
former student of mine, Dr. Ansel Johnson, who is now an optometrist, had his prostate cancer
treated with the radiation seeds and he enjoyed a great recovery. So on Oct. 14, 2002, I went to
Northwest University Hospital where I had my seeds implant done by Dr. John Kalaturakal and De. John
"Within a day, I was out of the hospital feeling good. Then two weeks later, my cousin Clarence Jones
and I drove some 700 miles to Washington, D. C., where I preached a revival. With the help of
Dr. Johnson and those doctors, the Lord brought me through that cancer battle victoriously and gave
me a testimony that I continue to preach and share wherever I go. Today, I'm cancer-free."
Unless, the Lord heals me directly before then, I am scheduled to have the radiation seeds
implantation ( called brachytherapy) performed by Dr. Brian Moran, world-renown radiation
oncologist and head of his own Chicago Prostate Cancer Center in Westmont May 21. It's the only
free-standing facility in the world dedicated solely to that procedure.
"I've personally performed thousands of these procedures now, more than anybody else in the world,
and I stand behind out work because our success rate has been extremely high," Dr. Moran said. "For
years, doctors felt that the prostetectomy (complete removal of the prostate) was the best way to
treat prostate cancer. It may had been many years ago. But with the tremendous progress that we have
made in brachytherapy, we feel we're now just as good, if not better.
"Compared to radical prostatectomy, brachytherapy is quicker, easier, less painful, cheapy, less side
effects, quicker recovery time and fewer post-procedure complications. And since that's all we do here
at our facility, we feel we do it better than anybody else."
By the way, my dream team of physicians treating my various ailments are:
Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam, UCMC, a medical Mozart who says he has performed some
1,000 heart transpants alone plus multiple-organ transplants
Dr. Jim Flaherty, Northwestern Hospital cardiologist
Dr. Allen Anderson, UCMC cardiologist
Dr. Mark Ricciardi, University of New Mexico Hospital cardiologist
Dr. Robert Bobow, Northwestern Memorial Hospital's chief of Cardiology
Dr. Jeffrey Trunsky, NMH, primary care physician
Dr. Kenneth Cline, Ingalls Hospital, primary care physician
Dr. Glenn Gerber, UCMC urologist
Dr. Brian Moran, radiation oncologist and head of Chicago Prostate Cencer Center
Dr. Donald M. Jensen, UCMC directer of Center for Liver Disease
Dr. Ted Feldman, Evanston Hospital cardiologist
Dr. Kevin T. Mcvary, NMFFurologist
Dr. Norm D. Smith, NMFF urologist
Dr. Allison Harh, NMFF endocrinologist
My first encouraging news came regarding brain cancer. An office visit to Dr. Mcvary on Feb. 4
resulted in a blood draw that revealed a PSA of 5.7 and a prolactin level of 17.2. The high PSA
suggested a problem with my prostate. A high prolactin level suggested a problem with the pituitary
gland in my brain. A repeat blood draw on Feb. 11 revealed both levels still too high. An MRI taken at
Northwestern on Feb. 22 (at least a dozen large negatives) revealed a tumor on my pituritary. I asked
Dr. Mcvary if the tumor was possibly malignant and connected with my prostate problem, he then
referred me to Dr. Hahr, who examined the X-ray negatives, and had me collect a day's worth of urine, for
which she soughh for a hormone called cortisol, a possible sign of cancer.
The urine sample came back clean and moved Dr. Hahr to say Friday, "It's not cancer. At least,
I hope it's not. It's a tumor. But it's not doing anything. I really don't know what it is. We'll just keep
I really don't know what it is. We'll look at it ievery three months and we'll what happens."
Hey, I'm accepting that brain cancer healed right now. I'm still taking a pill called Cabergoline .5 mg
that she prescribed for me. But I'm claiming victory over that brain cancer for now.
One down and two to go.
Now, let me make something clear. I don't expect any of my doctors to claim that I'm healed each
time they determine that I no longer have a prostate cancer problem or that I no longer really need a
heart transplant to stay alive. These men are scientists, for goodness sake. These men make decisions
based on what they see and what they're learned in med school. Many of them believe in divine miracles
but few will say so for public attribution.
They believe in healing, but primarily in terms of medical healing, resulting from medicine and
medical procedures like surgery. So I don't expect them to join us beloved of the Lord, scream
"Hallelujah! God has healed Banks!" and jump for joy and publicly declare "Banks is healed!!!" each time I
recover from some ailment. Doctors don't do that and I'm not asking of doctors treating me. I just want
them to be honest and tell me the facts and when those facts says I'm cured or recovered, then you and I
will scream that God has healed me and give Him the thanksgiving and glory.
God bless you.
God is healing me.