Brian Seiwert

First post: Mar 31, 2022 Latest post: Nov 11, 2023
Welcome to Brian's CaringBridge website.  

As many of you are aware that after a long investigation, Brian has been diagnosed with Non-Small Cell Metastatic Lung Cancer (NSCLC). He had none of the symptoms of lung cancer and had a clear Chest Xray in early January so the Drs. were exploring other causes for his symptoms. They were prepared to put him on medication for an autoimmune disorder but decided to do a CT scan first. They discovered a nodule and inflamed lymph nodes in and around his lungs. Subsequently, they have done multiple blood tests, two biopsies, and a Pet Scan. They detected a few areas of bone that the cancer has spread to as well. On a positive note, no other organs were showing any signs of cancer. 

He has been getting his medical care at Park Nicollet with consultations from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. They did more blood work and are waiting for those results to determine their recommendations or treatment plan. In all cases of cancer, the genetic studies of the tissue will determine the best medications to use to successfully treat a particular cancer. These studies can take weeks to get the results. The options for NSCLC are Chemo Therapy, Targeted Gene Therapy, and Immunotherapy. Regardless of test results, both Mayo and Park Nicollet recommend beginning a first round Chemo Therapy immediately. Brian is scheduled for his first round of Chemo Therapy on Monday, March 28th. 

While this diagnosis has shaken us to the core, we have many reasons to remain optimistic. Brian is an otherwise young, healthy man, who is fit, and has the most positive attitude of any one I have ever known. He has three huge reasons to beat this-Laura, William, and Keira. Brian also has the support of a strong family and many friends.  Finally, we have access to the best medical care in the world.  The doctor at Mayo said this week “Oh, this is not the same prognosis as it would have been 10 years ago. With all the new Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy, we see many, many people come back years later for check-ups”. 

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers! You don’t know how much they mean to us! We will be using this site to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.

"Invincible" By Eddie Vedder 

You are light, you are principle
When you love, invincible
Our shared light, indivisible
When we love, we're invincible

Ah, invincible, when we love

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