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The pain in Dan's back--which is from the cancer in his liver--increased, so he has been taking Oxycontin. Chemo treatments begin on Thursday morning, Aug. 4; hopefully the chemo will quickly beat back the tumors so that he can cut back on the pain meds and eliminate them altogether.

The final PET scan results showed "lesions" in the liver and enlarged lymph nodes, just as in the January scan. However, there is also a spot on his left lung. Because it came back so quickly and in an additional place, his chemo treatment will be different. At the beginning of each three-week round, Dan will be infused with Cisplatin (which he's had before) and Taxotere (which is new to him). Neither is supposed to give him the neuropathy symptoms he had with the Oxaliplatin. And he won't be taking the Xeloda (5 FU) by mouth every day. We're hopeful he will only have a couple of down days, followed by a couple of better weeks. The doc wants to do three to four three-week rounds.

We sent his scan to his oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and are looking into intensity modulated proton beam therapy at MD Anderson in Houston, TX.

A lot of things are happening at the same time as chemo--as always:  moving Emily home from Springfield, Emily's graduation party, school starting for Dan and me. And that's just August! Luckily we have great family and friends, such as you, to get us through. Thank you.

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