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9/23/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our Caring Bridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. This site was not created for monetary donations but rather for your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer August 9,2016 with a primary tumor in his right lung, a smaller tumor in his left lung and 2 bone tumors in his pelvis.
His signs of cancer included a cough that responded to antibiotics and steroid therapy along with pain in his right shoulder. The pain in his right shoulder has been and continues to be the largest amount of his discomfort.
His first chemotherapy treatment scheduled for September 6, 2016 was delayed due to his unregulated diabetes.
The diabetes was aggravated by the cancer and the steroids that are given prior to chemotherapy causing his blood sugar to be too high to qualify for the Opdivo clinical trial. Opdivo is an immunotherapy drug that causes your immune system to increase it's potential to fight the cancer. It has been proven to double life expectancy so it was very important for him to qualify by keeping his blood sugar below 250 mg/dl.
One week later on September 12, 2016 his diabetes was managed.He was able to start the FIGHT! He received his first round of chemotherapy and was able to enter the clinical trial with opdivo.
On September 18,2016 he was hospitalized for fever and dehydration which was managed with antibiotics and IV fluids. He was discharged from the hospital on September 21, 2016 and is currently happy to be at home in Chesterfield......more to follow.