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5/10/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
As so many of you know, Marv has been dealing with chronic pain since 2013 enduring five steroid injections, two decompression surgeries on his lumbar spine, cervical fusion and meniscus repair surgery all while the pain persisted and kept getting progressively worse.
He is currently able to walk with the aid of a walker but has very little strength in his right leg. He has had multiple MRIs as diagnostic tools to learn what is causing the pain. On Friday, May 5th, we got the answer. He has a large, cancerous soft-tissue sarcoma in his right thigh. There is a benign, fatty tumor adjacent to the sarcoma that encompasses the sciatic nerve.
He will have a CT scan on Wednesday, May 10th to determine whether the sarcoma has metastasized to his lungs. Following this procedure, he will go to the Radiology Department at the University of Minnesota to determine the radiology procedure that Dr. Ogilvie is recommending prior to surgery. The hope is that the radiation will shrink the mass. That will have a two-fold benefit: take pressure off the fatty tumor and reduce paid to the sciatic nerve and toughen the exterior of the sarcoma to increase surgical success when it comes time to remove the tumor.