Hospital & former cancer patients bid farewell to Dr. Friedlander

LACONIA — Cancer survivors got to share their experiences at a Cancer Survivors Day celebration held at Lakes Region General Hospital Thursday afternoon.
LRGHealthcare Vice President of Clinical Support Services Marge Kerns said that the event brought together cancer survivors, their families and their caregivers in a gathering which reminded all ''that there is hope, love, and life after a cancer diagnosis."
The celebration was marked by a special recognition and farewell to Dr. Robert Friedlander for his many years of service to patients in the Oncology Department at LRGH.
Friedlander is leaving this month to pursue a fellowship in palliative care, and will be replaced by Dr. Michael Buff, who attended the event and greeted many of his future patients.
Patients said that they will miss Frielander's thoughtful, gentle, and caring manner and were pleased to be able to meet their new caregiver.
''I love him, he's just the greatest,'' said Helen Sherkanowski of Moultonborough, one of Dr. Frielander's patients, as she shared a hug with him.
Nancy Sherman of Laconia, another one of Frielander's patients, said she would be forever grateful to him.
Her husband, John, is also a cancer survivor, although not one of Frielander's patients. He said that he has been battling prostate cancer for nine years.
The event also featured professionals speaking on topics of interest including Nutrition, Fitness, Guided Imagery, Reiki, and Clinical Trials.

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Dr. Robert Friedlander, who is leaving the Oncology Department at Lakes Region General Hospital, and his successor, Dr. Michael Buff, talk with cancer survivors John and Nancy Sherman at a Cancer Survivors Day event at LRGH. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Dr. Robert Friedlander, who is leaving the Oncology Department at Lakes Region General Hospital, gets a hug from Helen Sherkanowski, one of his patients, at a Cancer Survivors Day event at LRGH. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)