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Peter Sovell

First post: Aug 22, 2018 Latest post: Sep 16, 2018
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Peter had surgery and chemotherapy for lung cancer in his right lung in 2017 and early 2018.  Scans completed after the treatment showed no evidence of primary lung cancer. However, in late July of this year, Peter was diagnosed with cancer in his left lung. Surgery is not possible for his left lung cancer as Peter would not have enough remaining lung capacity for him to breathe.


Over the summer Peter started to experience severe pain in the lower lumbar region of his spine, groin area and right leg.  An MRI was done on his back and his orthopedist diagnosed moderate to severe spinal stenosis, compression, and sciatica.  At this point, Peter was unable to drive and was using a walker.  He received physical therapy treatment and was given a nerve relaxant and a very low dose of pain medication. Because Peter’s pain continued to increase rather than decrease, his orthopedist then ordered a pelvic CT scan which determined Peter had two fairly large cancerous growths in his pelvic area.


On August 9th, Peter was barely able to walk and was having trouble with his coherence.  He was admitted through the emergency room at Fairview Southdale Hospital. An increase in pain medication and the start of a 10-day course of radiation therapy has led to a reduction in the amount of pain and swelling in Peter’s groin/leg area.  While the radiation reduces the size of the tumors, they will continue to grow.  In the immediate future, there is still the possibility of using immunotherapy for the active thyroid, lung, pelvic and possible kidney cancers. However, there can be severe side effects associated with this.


Peter will be transferred to a rehabilitation care center (TBD) and will travel by van to Fairview Southdale Hospital for the remainder of his radiation therapy.  If his cancers become untreatable, he will enter a hospice program.


Peter and the family thanks everyone for their continued love, prayers, and support during this difficult time.  More updates to follow as we find out more.

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