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Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

Malignancies and Miracles: “Lord, couldn’t you have sent me a cruise ship?”

Taught by Dane Dickson


Day Time Location
Saturday, August 3 1 p.m. Austin 105
Dane Dickson

Dane Dickson


Dane Dickson received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Utah in the mid 90’s. He then completed his internal residency through Washington University at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. While pursuing his education, he worked in organic chemistry, emergency medicine, and hematology/oncology. Since that time, he has worked as the medical director of Alliance Home Health and Hospice in Rexburg, the founder and principle physician at Teton Oncology L.C. in Rexburg, and the medical director of Mountain View Oncology in Idaho Falls, as well as serving on multiple medical and clinical committees.

Class Outline

In times of significant trial we often plead with the Lord for miracles. Commonly, miracles are slow to materialize or present in unexpected or misunderstood ways (like expecting a cruise ship and murmuring as we walk upon dry-ground through the divided Red Sea). Using the scriptures and patient scenarios we will explore some ways the Lord provides miracles.

Learning Objectives:

1. Cancer Formations and How to Deliver a Cure - A Brief Overview.

2. Miracles - Timing and Methods of Delivery related to Cancer

    a. Degree of treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, etc.)
        determined by how early is found.

    b. Exodus 17 (Why did the Lord wait so long to deliver?  Why not
        earlier?  Why make them sweat, walk?).

3. Four Patient Scenarios/Four Miracles.

    a. Very early cancer - found "by chance"
    • Patient #1: "Had a pain in the breast just felt I needed to get checked out."
    • Miracle #1: Small and simple thing lead to easy cure.
    b. Locally Advanced Cancer - Found "early enough, but required a
        lot of treatment."
    • Patient #2: Young woman with breast cancer—required aggressive treatment.
    • Miracle #2: The whole purpose of life is to receive the Atonement—this is the greatest miracle of all. (Alma 7:11-13; Ether 6: 4-12; Alma 32: 36-43)
    c.  Advanced "Terminal Cancer."
    • Patient #3: Woman with advanced breast cancer—nothing seemed to help.
    • Miracle #3: Family converted and healed. (1 Nephi 17:17-22)
    • Patient #4: Woman with advanced breast cancer.
    • Miracle #4: Cured.
4. Conclusion - Tying it all together.

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