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Apr 19, 2018
Dad was recently given the news that he has small-cell lung cancer. Over the last few weeks he has met with two different doctors to determine a course of action which will be as beneficial as possible without some of the more extreme side-effects that can accompany chemo-therapy. He has opted to begin a regimen of chemo recommended by the doctors at the Seattle Cancer Center. It will start on Thursday the 20th of July and will be administered by his physician in Sedro-Wooley. Each cycle will begin with a two-drug infusion, followed eight days later by a one-drug infusion. He then will have blood tests to determine of he needs one or more shots to boost his cell counts. He will then have fourteen days of recovery time. The plan is currently for him to undertake three cycles of the treatment. Assuming he completes the three cycles, he will then begin radiation therapy, which will be done twice daily for fifteen days. Dad has decided that he is most focused on the quality of his life and so might cease treatments if he finds that the side-effects are too severe. The treatments should provide him some additional months of quality time to spend with his family and friends. His Seattle doctor told him that there is not much information about patients his age and their ability to handle this kind of treatment, but that his general good health is a positive. He also gave Dad a small possibility that the treatment could cure the disease.
We will use this site to keep you informed of his status and provide updates on his treatment and condition.
It also provides a link (in the "Support" section) to a website where you can find opportunities to support Tom by providing transportation to appointments, visits or providing a meal.
We and Dad thank you for your support and assistance during this difficult time.