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In early November Dad/Butch was having a suspicious mole removed and mentioned to the doctor that he was having a burning sensation when going to the bathroom. The doctor placed him on a 10-day course of antibiotics and initially the symptoms seemed to be improving. However, at deer camp the symptoms worsened. On Thanksgiving Day he experienced blood and clots in his urine. On Friday he had an appointment and the doctor said the urine culture did not grow and therefore wasn't a bladder infection. On Monday, November 28th a lower abdominal CT was performed. The results revealed multiple masses in his lower abdomen and bladder. On December 1st a chest CT was performed and results were provided on Friday, December 2nd. In addition to the abdominal masses it was revealed that there were multiple lung nodules and a "tiny hypoattenuating foci" in the liver. A PSA test was performed to rule out prostate cancer and that did come back negative. Friday afternoon all of the tests and files were sent to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for further evaluation and next steps. The first appointment at the Mayo Clinic was scheduled for December 12th.