My name is Chris, and I have severe liver cancer. I have practiced dentistry in Walnut Creek since September 1974. Really bad and aggressive liver cancer. It just doesn’t seem fair. I don’t drink alcohol, smoke, or do drugs. Regardless of the cause, I have to deal with it.
Many people are curious about how I am doing. I try to respond to each letter or message I receive, but its becoming increasingly difficult to write the same details over and over all day long. So, I will use this web page to post up-to-date details about how I’m doing, along with treatments received, and my inner thoughts and fears. This way, you will know everything.
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My cancer was discovered in November 2016, and I guess I’m lucky to still be alive. Since that time, I practically live at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). I have endured just about every medically accepted treatment so far, including surgery to remove 40% of my liver, surgical placement of radioactive Yttrium-90, and surgical placement of a chemotherapeutic drug directly into the liver. Nothing has worked. The cancer keeps getting worse.
This whole battle has consumed so much of my energy, that I retired in October 2018. I sold most of my dental practice to Dr. Procopio, who is a wonderful dentist and good friend. Now 100% of my time is spent doing whatever I need to do to stay alive, including weekly blood tests and frequent CT Scans.
But it’s not all bad. I have received a huge outpouring of love and good wishes from my patients, family, and friends. I have gotten over 200 cards and letters, and each one truly warms my heart. I knew that I was well-liked, but I had no idea how many people care about me, and how much they care. I really appreciate your well wishes and good karma.
Here are some links to essays that I have written about my cancer, how it has been treated so far, my poor prognosis, and how I feel about it.
I HAVE COPIED THE LINKS BELOW TO MY SECOND JOURNAL ENTRY ON APRIL 28th.
February 13, 2017 - About meeting with surgeon prior to having 40% of my liver removed.https://www.dropbox.com/s/ofn0znjt3510k94/Meeting%20with%20Dr%20Fiiese%20-%20Feb%2013%202017.pdf?dl=0
February. 22, 2017 - Written immediately after waking up from the liver surgery.https://www.dropbox.com/s/5gzbbq75ve0a2ks/Liver%20Surgery%20Update%20-%20MAR%2022%201017.pdf?dl=0
For about a year and a half after the liver surgery, we all thought I was “cured”. My AFP level was increasing slightly, but I floored and felt 100% normal. Then, in October 2018, the AFP started rising very quickly. We tried the radiation and targeted chemo, but things only got worse.
March 27, 2019 - About meeting with UCSF doctors to discuss clinical trials and treatment options.https://www.dropbox.com/s/o3hhux288odmdz9/Medical%20Update%203-27-19.pdf?dl=0
April 5, 2019 - About meeting with UCSF doctors. We’re running out of time and few options are left. We’ll start with the Sorafenib (Nexavar) as soon as we can get insurance approval.https://www.dropbox.com/s/zfa9pht1spekj5p/Medical%20Update%204-5-19.pdf?dl=0
HERE IS A LINK TO 171 PHOTOS,
“My life in photos”. I plan to add many more photos, because these barely scratch the surface.https://www.dropbox.com/s/kboobvo3waodx6z/171%20Photos%20for%20Caring%20Bridge%20.pdf?dl=0