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Green fights recurring
battle with cancer

Lora Green (left) is receiving much support in her battle with cancer from family members such as her aunt, Ann Jones, as well as from her church, Faith Worship Center in Portia.
John Bland
Lora Sanders Green of Walnut Ridge has learned that she must keep her faith whether the news is good or bad. For more than two and a half years, she has had her share of both.

In May 2005, she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Since that time she has undergone surgeries and chemotherapy treatments, each time with hopes that the cancer was stopped. Nevertheless, the cancer has continued to show up in other organs and her treatments continue.

A benefit singing in her honor is set for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Hoxie Service Center. Featured performers will be The Shaws. The Faith Worship Center Praise Team and the New Beginning Followers of Christ Dance Team will also perform.

A bake sale is being held at the event to raise additional funds.

The money raised will help Green with medical and travel expenses. Those who cannot attend the event can donate to the Lora Green Cancer Fund account at any branch of Pulaski Bank.

After her diagnosis with colon cancer, she underwent surgery followed by a long stint of chemotherapy. At a follow-up, Green learned that the cancer had moved to her lungs.

In February of this year, she had lung surgery to remove the cancer with hopes that the surgery would take care of the disease. However, she soon found out that the cancer was in her liver. In May, she underwent surgery to remove part of her liver ~ again, she had hopes that the surgery would do the trick. However, since that time, two cancerous spots have been found in her lungs and another spot has been found on her liver.

Presently, she is in her third round of chemotherapy. "This is the last treatment plan (available to me) at UAMS," Green said. She began this round in late September, and travels to Little Rock every other week for the treatments.

Each treatment involves taking one drug at UAMS, which takes several hours. She is then sent home with another drug contained in an IV drip that takes another two days to complete. The treatments leave her feeling sick and with no energy or appetite.

She took chemo treatments in 2005, which worked very well, but she had a strong reaction to the drug and had to stop taking it. Now, she is taking the same drug again, but she takes steroids beginning two days prior to each treatment.

In mid-December, Green will have another scan to see if this present treatment is working. Her UAMS doctors also plan to send her records on to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, which will most likely be her next step in the battle.

"It's just hard. You have to have faith in God. You just have to have a positive attitude," Lora said. "As Claudia Wheeless said, 'You just can't give up. You've just got to stay in there.'" (Wheeless is another cancer survivor, who underwent a bone marrow transplant earlier this year in Florida.)

"My church (Faith Worship Center in Portia) really supports me," Green said, adding that her family is also a great support. She has two grown children, Jonathan Sanders and Jessica Green, both of Walnut Ridge, and a four-year-old grandson, Jacob Green.

She is the daughter of the late Willene Tate Vaughn and the granddaughter of the late Jess and Lora Tate of Hoxie. She also has three brothers, a sister and a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.

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