Our Ralph (aka: Vo, Grandpa, Captain of the Houseboat, Sporter of the Stash, and Pirate) has recently been diagnosed with small cell bladder cancer. Our hearts hit the floor when we heard this news and our eyes keep leaking, but we are encouraged that the prognosis is good. The cancer has not invaded the muscle walls of the bladder, which is positive, but small cell is a more aggressive form of cancer.
Treatments will begin on October 3rd, and will be monitored by Stanford Oncologist, Dr. Shah. Most treatments will take place at the Standford Medical Center in San Jose. Chemo will take place for 3 consecutive days, and then Ralph will have 3 weeks to recover before the next round. Currently, 4 rounds of chemo are scheduled and there will be scans to monitor his progress.