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12/28/2016 Latest post:
Dale started this health journey about one year ago. Late in fall of 2015 he began to experience health issues with colds, weight loss, fatigue, and temperature dysregulation. In April we finally had some answers of what was happening health wise. He was diagnosed with a very large sarcoma in the abdomen area. He went through five weeks of radiation therapy five days per week in the Cancer Center in Willmar. This went well with little side effects noted. The sarcoma was wrapped around the right kidney and resting on other organ parts such as the diaphragm, liver, adrenal gland, and colon. The surgeon was pretty certain that the right kidney would be lost in the process as the tumor was so wrapped on it and the radiation was expected to also cause damage to it. The urologist thought that it would be best to put a stent in the ureter for the remaining kidney to make sure that it was ready to take on the process when it was the only one there. This occurred in July before surgery.
Surgery was on September 13 with the removal of the sarcoma, right kidney, right adrenal glad, and part of the diaphragm. They were pretty certain that all the cancer was removed and it was not in any organs. He did experience a lot of pain and what was to be a 3-4 day stay ended up as a 9 day stay. He returned home and was in need of quite a bit of pain medications which caused quite a bit of constipation which caused additional pain and continued weight loss since he could not eat due to the constipation. He has done well after the discontinuation of pain meds with some weight gain back and more energy.
The stent was to be replaced a few months ago, but we have had at least four different procedures in Willmar which failed to remove it. Now he had surgery in Minneapolis which was only partially successful. I posted that Dale is now in ICU and fighting some type of infection after yesterday's surgery. We continue to hope that they will be able to manage this drawback in his health and he can travel to Arizona yet this winter for the warm weather.
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