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As background, Stan had his first colonoscopy in the summer of 2013 when it was discovered he had a large tumor that turned out to be malignant. It was surgically removed and he went through six months of chemotherapy every two weeks. Soon afterwards though it was discovered that the cancer had migrated to his liver. Since then he has had cancerous lesions burned off his liver twice and he has had both radiation- and chemo-embolizations where tiny balls of radioactive substances or chemo were injected directly into the lesions through his blood vessels. He had a second round of chemo after the first lesion burn-off as well even though it was not standard protocol. We just wanted to make sure we did all we could to fight off this aggressive cancer. Since then we learned that his cancer is no longer curable, but doctors could treat it through immunotherapy drugs, Stivarga in particular. That kept it at bay for awhile, but earlier this year his scan should the cancer was beginning to grow again so he had another chemo-embolization. It wasn't enough. The Stivarga is no longer working and we are trying one more drug in the hopes that this might slow down the progression of his cancer. In the meantime we have learned that statistically, as of mid-June 2018, he probably only has one year left in his precious life. Devastating news, to say the least.
Through all of this Stan has continued to show up for work every day (well, except for hospital or procedure days) as he battles through this so courageously and he is trying to stay as upbeat as possible.Please feel free to sign up for future posting alerts as we have news to share and thank you in advance for your prayers and healing thoughts for Stan, his children, his grandchildren, his sisters, his nephews, and me. The messages we have all received over these past five years have been a source of comfort appreciation. As Linus says, "God bless us all!" but mostly Stan.