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First post: Sep 25, 2016 Latest post: Nov 17, 2018
Our Journey Thus Far

Last Updated — 3/2/2017

I realize there are those visiting this site that may not be familiar with how we got to this point; therefore, I will try to bring you up to speed as best I can. I apologize in advance for my "frankness"; however, there's no pretty way to explain some of this.

In early February, 2016, Brian was seen by his primary care physician for a routine exam. At that exam, his physician became alarmed and sent Brian for an immediate CT scan at Erlanger. The CT scan revealed a large mass in his prostate. A biopsy was then scheduled along with colonoscopy and ultrasound on bladder. At the end of February, it was confirmed that Brian had a baseball size tumor in his prostate. After further PET scan, Brian was diagnosed with stage 4, very aggressive adenocarcinoma. He has had 4 months of chemo, and 6 months (continued) Androgen Deprivation (hormone) Therapy. All of this was done in an effort to shrink the size of the tumor, with the hope that his organs surrounding the tumor could be saved. Chemo and ADT were successful in shrinking the tumor ... but not enough. On Tuesday, October 4, Brian underwent what turned out to be a 10hr robotic cystoprostatectomy in which they removed bladder, prostate, tumor and 28 surrounding lymph nodes. Pathology on the flesh showed cancer in two of those lymph nodes and in the margins near the rectum.

We know the odds to cure prostate cancer at Brian's stage and grade are very long, but he felt he needed to be as aggressive as possible to chase those odds, knowing full well the Lord's in control. PSA results showed the cancer persisted after the surgery. Pelvic MRI and DRE indicated presence of tumor in the rectal wall; PET/CT confirmed the remains of the original tumor. Suspect lymph node in the groin was clean on biopsy. So, 41 doses of IMRT radiation were begun on Jan 3rd which continued through February. We await followup scans and blood work post radiation. Please stay tuned.

Through it all, God has been faithful. We cherish your thoughts, prayers and well wishes! We will continue to be faithful to update here as long necessary.

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