Brent DeKok

First post: Feb 5, 2017 Latest post: Oct 15, 2021
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On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, Brent had a seizure while at home with his two youngest children. His wife, Amy, took him to the ER to have him checked out.  They did a CT scan and MRI of his head and found a tumor on the right side of his brain near his right temple. They did more testing and found a larger mass on his lung. He was admitted to the hospital that night and had a needle biopsy of the lung mass performed the next day.  The doctors in Bismarck tentatively diagnosed Brent with a rare, aggressive form of cancer called sarcoma, but were not able to determine the exact type of sarcoma. They sent the tissue samples to Mayo for further analysis. The oncologist in Bismarck strongly recommended that Brent get to Mayo as soon as possible.  Amy and Brent are currently at Mayo and they met with the doctors yesterday. The doctors at Mayo have said that the tumor on Brent's brain needs to be removed in the immediate future and then a future treatment plan will be determined. He is scheduled for surgery to remove the brain tumor this coming  Tuesday morning at Mayo. He will be in the hospital for 3 to 4 days at Mayo following the surgery and then they will send him home to complete his recovery there.  Brent will likely need to return to Mayo in the coming weeks to discuss further treatment, which will include radiation and likely chemo.

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