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John R Davis

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Dad's journey started just a few weeks ago. To sum things up he was not feeling well in May. He saw the general practitioner and was diagnosed with a bacterial infection in the bladder and was given antibiotics for 10 days. This was close to my daughter's designation wedding so he finished his medicine and spent a week at the wedding. During this time he still was not feeling great but thought it might be the antibiotics. When he got home he went back to the doctor to see what the problem might be and do some blood tests. At that point, the liver enzymes were up, so he sent dad to a GI, Gastrointestinal Doctor. This office acted quickly and ordered an ultrasound and a CT scan. There, they found what they thought was a blood clot in the liver. This office then ordered an MRI that was scheduled for July 9th. He also wanted him to have a colonoscopy to rule out anything there.  Dad had the colonoscopy June 25th which showed precancerous polyps but no real issues.  Dad was feeling well enough to work out and go out to dinner etc., so he was not concerned at this point.  After the colonoscopy he began to feel bad and bloated. He had a hard time eating and really had no appetite. Another test was done and his liver enzymes had climbed even higher.  The MRI was moved up to the 28th. By the 29th the doctor called and told him to go to the emergency room and check himself into the hospital. That is when he got the news of liver cancer.
We are all shocked and can't quite wrap our brains around such a healthy person getting this diagnosis. He stayed in the hospital till Sunday and was allowed to come home. He basically has Primary Liver Cancer, HCC, or Hepatocellular Carcinoma. It is in both lobes of the liver with multiple lesions. He has a main tumor on the portal vein of the liver. It is not operable due to both lobes being involved.
Dad has decided to go with Longstreet Cancer Center in Gainesville with a Dr Anup K. Lahiry. He will do an immune therapy consisting of Opdivo and Yarvoy. This is a rather new therapy for liver cancer with better statistics than chemotherapy. We are asking for second opinions from other hospitals as well.
Dad was home a week and just Saturday, July 7th, he gave us a scare. He began to vomit up blood. He went to the ER and was admitted and they got the bleeding under control. Sunday July 8th, an endoscopy was done. They found that a vein in the esophagus had ruptured. This was treated with a band to prevent it from happening again. We were told this was common for patients with liver disease. He will be in the hospital for 3 more days to receive the medications necessary to stabilize this issue. We are hoping he will be able to receive his immune therapy while he is in the hospital. Over all Dad is keeping his sense of humor and his spirits are up. With his strong faith and fighting will, he will do well.
Family is surrounding him and keeping him posted on all updates and research etc. Kathy and Roger flew in from Texas and stayed for a few days. Corbin, MK, Bonnie and Eric, the grand kids, have all come to visit as well as his two sisters and his nephews.  Kim and Jon are here for a couple of weeks. Julie, (me) and John are going back and forth from Snellville to Gainesville. Mom is doing okay and quite a trooper. She so appreciates all of the friends that have made the trip to Gainesville and all of the many phone calls as well. Things are happening so fast, so we will use this site to keep you all posted. We love you and so appreciate your calls and concern and prayers. 
 

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