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It all started with a CT scan searching for a hernia that turned out to not be a hernia. An enlarged lymph node was the first warning sign. A biopsy came next that determined there were squamous cancer cells found in the lymph nodes.
Our family physician Dr. Leann Detar-Newbert gave us the cancer diagnosis on Thursday, June 8th. She moved quickly to get Dwain into Providence Medical Center Radiology for a chest CT and a Bone Scan. The results were All Clear! Now What? More tests, More Scans, Biopsies, blood draws and answering what felt like a thousand questions for a wide cast of KU Med Cancer Center Dr's, nurses, and a cast of many wonderful caring individuals.
On June 20th we met our primary oncologist Dr. Marci Allen, a KU Oncologist, who has an office in the Providence Medical Center Dr's Building. We still did not know the primary cancer site. The search continued until our surgical oncologist Dr. Mazin Al-Kasspooles did a biopsy and confirmed the cancer diagnosis July7th. Two lymph nodes were involved as well as a place in the lower groin area. (Dwain remains a very private person and has decided to not say exactly where his cancer is.
Treatment began July 26th with a chemo infusion at the KU West Cancer Center. Radiation #1 with Dr. Jay Rabinow at Providence. Dr. Allen gave Dwain 6 chemo pills a day to take and other meds to counter-act the chemo and radiation side-effects.