Dave started feeling a bit "under the weather" in early December with low grade fevers on and off that continued throughout the month. At the beginning of 2018 he saw his primary care physician who recommended several tests (blood work, ultra sound, etc). No sooner was the ultrasound performed, he was called back to discuss results which indicated Stage IV lesions on his liver and was referred to an oncologist the next day. The oncologist advised despite only having an ultrasound (low resolution, not definitive but clearly indicative) we needed to "act quickly" with his health. The next day Dave had his first colonoscopy and was advised he had a blockage. His oncologist was on the phone during the procedure and had Dave admitted to the hospital that day .
Dave has since been in Oakwood (Dearborn) since Friday, February 16. While here, we've learned he has colon cancer (metasticized to liver) and early stage renal cancer (Go Big or Go Home)! There are two primary sources of cancer that must be treated separately. He had a port put in his chest almost immediately and was ready to be dismissed and begin the arduous process of dealing with cancer including chemotherapy treatments. That was halted when advised he had a blood infection. He is now being treated aggressively with antibiotics to kill the infection but unfortunately this has delayed the chemo and now we are in a holding pattern.
This news was as surprising to Dave's doctor as it was to him, as there is no history of cancer in the family going back to great grand parents, Dave doesn't drink, never smoked, maintained a healthy diet, and worked out regularly. He was in peak shape in September.
***We will hold a fundraiser soon... NO DONATIONS NEEDED THROUGH THIS SITE , they do not go directly to Dave.... we want to use this site to share his progress ***