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On September 19, 2014, Steve was diagnosed with Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer. On December 16, after 3-months of aggressive chemo treatment, his scans came back all clear. Scans stayed clear for almost two years before the cancer came back. Steve has undergone several different chemo and radiation treatments with the hopes to shrink the cancer cells. This fall, Steve's oncologist and team decided that traditional chemotherapy treatments were no longer working as the cancer still in his body has become like a "super cancer," which has mutated and become resistant to treatments. Steve started KeyTruda immunotherapy as a last option to limit progression.
Over Thanksgiving, 2018, Steve was admitted to the hospital because he was unable to keep food down. After a scope, they found the esophagus had closed enough that food could not get down, so they put in a stent. This seemed to help with the swallowing and he was able to eat pretty regularly again. Over Christmas, Steve's energy and appetite started to dwindle again.
That brings us to today, January 8, 2019, Steve was admitted to Abbott due to shortness of breath. Doctors found some blood clots in his lungs and legs. His oncologist has decided to stop treatments as his disease has been continuing to progress.