The winter that cancer ate its way through his
body, Dr. Raymond Schaerf
should have had it made.An accomplished thoracic surgeon, he was at the pinnacle of his career, just named chief of staff at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank in 2002.
After 26 years in the business, he
thought nothing of working 75 hours a week or of visiting patients at home.He
was pretty young, in his
mid-50s, and busting with work ethic.That energy was tempered, however, by mesenteric lymphoma, cancer of the lymph nodes accompanied by a fat tumor tucked near his
went under the knife on Dec. 21 to take out his
tumor, then headed back to his
office New Year's Eve.He
never missed another day in the office.
"The tonic for me was going to work," he