Ted Burns | CaringBridge

Ted Burns

Latest post: 4/17/2017
I was diagnosed with cancer of the left frontal sinus in early March, 2013. My treatment so far has included radiation therapy plus moderate-dose chemotherapy followed by surgery (removal of the frontal sinus, forehead bone and cancer, with reconstruction; the surgeons did a masterful job). My care overall at UVA has been superb. We've been so fortunate to have such a talented, caring and kind team of doctors and other care providers at UVA.  After surgery in early June, we learned that the bone specimens indicated that there were microscopic amounts of cancer not only in the removed bone, but also almost certainly beyond the sites of prior radiation and surgery, and thus chemotherapy was recommended. So I am currently undergoing chemotherapy with 3 drugs, once every 3-4 weeks. I received my first infusion on Monday, July 8th. 

My family, friends, co-workers, local community, colleagues, neurology collaborators around the world and other acquaintances have all been wonderful. It's really been amazing. My family and I appreciate it so much. There are too many people to thank individually. I will mention that my parents have essentially put there lives on "hold" to move to Virginia from Kansas City to help Bonnie and me and my family (3 kids, Charlie 11, Elizabeth 9 and Sarah 8) during all this and that's pretty special (and super helpful!). And of course I need to thank my wife, Bonnie, whom I take for granted too often, for somehow doing everything she does to care for me and our family. She's always been the ballast and captain of our ship, keeping us from sinking and always pointed in the right direction, and I'll never understand how she does it, but she somehow does. 

A recurrence of cancer was identified in mid-March 2017. I'll do my best to keep everyone posted on how it goes.


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