McCurtis Kelley McCurtis Kelley

First post: Mar 21, 2022 Latest post: Jul 10, 2022
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using this site to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. We will try to post regular journal entries here and as his caregiving team, Marla, Jordan, Max, and Samantha will all read your positive messages and words of support to Kelley as they come in.   This is "Kelley's" story:

Kelley was first diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2013 during a regular physical with his doctor at Kaiser Permanente. By 2014 he underwent surgery to remove his prostate.  His prognosis was good after the surgery and he had radiation treatments every day for 6 weeks to assure none of the cancer remained.  

Unfortunately, in a routine visit in 2018, it was discovered that his cancer had spread and metastasized to his bones; we understood that this was stage 4 cancer and that it would be incurable.  From the start, as a family, we pledged to fight this with him for as long as he wants to and to focus on making the most of whatever time we have  together.   

He immediately began hormone therapy to contain the spread of his aggressive cancer.  Determined to continue working, Kelley remained at Capo VW all the way until July of 2020, despite side effects of the treatment.  He maintained the intent to return to work through most of this journey. In the spring of 2018, we all traveled to Boston for Samantha's graduation from  Boston University, then took a trip to New York, because he really wanted to see the city again.

The initial phase of treatments worked for over two years.  Last March 2021 he took a road trip with Jordan and Max to Grand Canyon, then he began chemotherapy in April 2021. After 11 infusions of chemo (3 more than what is usually prescribed) he ended chemotherapy in October 2021 and in January 2022 he became a patient at UCLA Health and also researched clinical trials at the City of Hope. In February 2022 it was discovered that the cancer spread to his liver; this resulted in limiting his future treatment options.  

For some time, we have known of a drug therapy awaiting FDA approval.  As recently as a few days ago, on March 17, 2022, we were informed that his UCLA oncologist managed to get him on an advanced list to use the new drug before it is approved and released.  As soon as March 23, 2022, he will begin some of the preliminary scans and tests to qualify him for the new drug, an infusion that is a type of immunotherapy.   Kelley continues to move forward with strength and courage through multiple side effects and pain to extend whatever time our family has  together.

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