Thank you for supporting Tom and our family by checking in here for updates, praises and prayer concerns.
Update 9/30/2020: Lung nodule surgery on 11/6/2020, followed by targeted radiation and chemo to the original site. Update 3/17/2020: Whipple procedure performed 2/13/2020; chemo commenced 3/5/20 and the plan is every other week for 8-12 cycles.
In August 2019, Tom started breaking out with hives whenever he ate. We thought it was likely a food allergy and he stopped gluten and lost 10 pounds, but still had bouts of hives here and there.
In November 2019, Benadryl wasn't controlling the itching, which was internal, and the first blood draw was done that showed negative for hepatitis and elevated liver levels. Soon after, Dr Egli referred us to Dr. Sharma at Parkview Oncology and several procedures were done as needed to open up the bile duct, introduce pancreas enzymes, reduce bilirubin levels, control the itching, etc. And, Tom lost 20 more pounds. All was well for a couple of weeks until the itching and jaundice returned at Christmas. another procedure, this time with the Spyglass equipment and Dr Sharma was able to observe and biopsy abnormal cells. The tumor review board covened and agreed Tom needs the bile duct Ampulla removed (Whipple procedure) and we will meet with Dr. from IU Health, Indianapolis, for that procedure ..... thank you for following along and praying.
Well, vacation is over. Tom relaxed, metal detected, swam, played Pokemon go, and cooked. Now we are back, labs are done and cycle #4 xeloda is starting. Promacta is bringing up Tom's platelets a bit. Everything is status quo at the moment. We are so very thankful he had done so well. Coming up on two years since initial jaundice and itching symptoms, we are amazed at how much his body has endured and we just rejoice to have every day.
Thank you dear prayer warriors for being there for us.