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12/18/2016 Latest post:
Thanks for being here and welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. The full backstory of email updates have been archived here as one journal entry. New updates will appear at the top of the page. I'll typically post before the end of the day when we have appointments or news to share. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.
The short version is this: In late November 2016, John was diagnosed with cancer. By mid-December they determined it was Merkel Cell Carcinoma, a version of skin cancer. He had lots of tests and on December 27th, 2016, two surgical incisions were made to remove two cancerous lymph nodes, along with 6 others that tested negative. He recovered and then had 25 doses of radiation therapy to the impacted area in March. On April 11, he had a PET scan that showed no evidence of disease (NED). Our next appointment is in mid-July, with another scan and visit with his oncologist at Siteman.