Marvin McKinney

First post: Apr 3, 2016 Latest post: May 21, 2016
Marv was first diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma of the right lung in November, 2014. At the same time he was also diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the throat. Surgery removed and cured the throat cancer. Early in 2015, he was given radiation and chemotherapy for the lung cancer. In the summer he had more chemotherapy. The doses were stronger causing dehydration, weakness and atrial fibrillation. As a result, he was hospitalized. When it was suggested he try Immunotherapy in Oct., he refused. Too much. Then he started coughing up blood and losing more weight. So he decided to give Opdivo a try. This new medication was being infused every 2 weeks with fewer side effects than the chemotherapy. Then he developed pain in the joints on his right side and the middle of his back. The cancer had spread to his bone. Most recently, the oncologist, Dr. Hsieh, has added Zometa to his infusion regime, once every 3 months. The RN at the infusion station called it "bone glue". He felt better after the treatment but the pain came back with a vengeance the next day. This account brings you up to my first journaling.

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