Rick McLaughlin | CaringBridge

Rick McLaughlin

First post: 3/25/2016 Latest post: 4/24/2017
Many of you know -- and just as many of you don't -- but in February of 2015 Rick was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his left upper thigh.  Soft-tissue sarcoma: a very rare cancer.
Treatment consisted of 5 weeks of radiation, followed by 5 weeks of recuperation, followed by removal of the tumor in June 2015.  One out of his four upper thigh muscles was removed since this tumor was "encapsulated."  Clean margins all around.
Follow-up treatment was to be CT image of the lungs and MRI of the leg every 4 months for two years.
His first post-op images in October 2015 came back clean; however, his 8-month images done in February 2016 showed signs of growth in both lungs.    Fast forward to now, this coming Tuesday, March 22nd, we travelled down to Stanford Hospital to begin chemo treatment.   A clinical trial/chemo treatment.  We were at Stanford for the day, then following up 8 days later (this coming Wednesday) for another infusion of either the "experimental" drug (Olaratumab) OR the placebo.   That is considered one cycle.   He is to go through 8 cycles ---- around six months of treatment.
Mind you, Rick will still be receiving the chemo treatment either way.   The trial consists an addition of the "other" drug (or placebo) that has done very well in the first two phases.  (Hence, it is a Phase 3 clinical trial, for those in the know.)
Entries will be made as much as possible.  You all are near and dear, and we want to keep you informed as much as possible.   Please understand that if we don't answer a text, e-mail or voice message, it's because we can't just yet.
Rick's positive and upbeat personality is shining through as always....
Love, Michelle

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