Friday, March 22nd 2019 after just over one year of clear scans, Trent's cancer was confirmed to have metastasized to the liver. Treatment continues April 10th.
On Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 Trent had an endoscopy to look at why he had been having some discomfort swallowing food for the last month or two. A 2 inch tumor was found at the EG Junction (which is where your stomach and esophagus meet). A biopsy returned the result that it is a malignant adenocarcinoma. Additional tests staged the cancer at II-B, which is treatable with chemotherapy and surgery.
The first stage of chemotherapy proved to be effective, reducing the tumors size, strength, and spread to the lymphatic system. This is predictive of how successful the remainder of treatment will be after surgery.
Trent's surgery is scheduled for November 3, and will involve removal of the lower third of his esophagus and the entire stomach. This will mean a long hospital stay and a long recovery period from surgery, and a permanent lifestyle change regarding his eating habits. An additional 9 weeks of chemotherapy will follow recovery from the surgery.
In addition to the medical challenges, we welcomed our son Edwyn into the world on July 10 (during the first round of chemotherapy). Cirenya and Edwyn take a lot of our time and energy (and many of our working hours).