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Posted 2018-03-11T19:37:52Z

March 11th

On March 6th we had an appointment in Rochester with the oncology department and a follow-up with one of the surgeons.  They have decided to do chemotherapy. The good news is he can have the treatments in Mason City at the Mercy Cancer Center.  On March 21st we meet with an oncologist in Mason City to determine the schedule.   Dennis’s cancer is called spindle cell rhabdomyosarcoma and it is usually found in children or young teenagers.   It is very rare for adults to get this type of soft tissue cancer and therefore, their data for treatment is limited.   However, they have found at Mayo a  pediatric regimen of  chemo treatments benefits  the patient.   He will have an an usual schedule which involves several weeks, but not every day and not every week! When he does have a treatment, he will be an inpatient.  On the 21st, we will find out the start date and proceed from there!    The surgeon said he is progressing well and everything is healing well. That is always good to hear!! Again, we are so appreciative of everything that has been done for us and  all the support and prayers we have received.  Thanks- all of you are the best!!  

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Comments (22)

  • Colleen Howe
    Colleen Howe

    You and Dennis are in our thoughts. Let us know if there is anything we can do. Soon Mother Nature should start to cooperate with all of your road trips! Colleen and Jose

    one year ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks 😊👍

      one year ago · Reply
  • Gaylan & Karen Brunssen
    Gaylan & Karen Brunssen

    So happy to hear you’ll only have to go to mason city for the chemo! The snow should be gone in a few days too so traveling will be easier! Thanks for the update and we hope to see you soon! We don’t have to wait for the 7th to get together! Anytime is fine! I know you have an anniversary coming up too! 😘😂🎉

    one year ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      It will be birthday time for you! 🎉🎂🎉See you soon! 😊👍

      one year ago · Reply
  • lynne gunn
    lynne gunn

    thank you for the update!! thinking of you every day!! this is difficult, and you are both tough!!

    one year ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks for the encouragement! 😊

      one year ago · Reply
  • Pat mabie
    Pat mabie

    Prayers still coming! So happy he is doing well. Hope to see you in June☺

    one year ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks 😊

      one year ago · Reply
  • Jerome Howe
    Jerome Howe

    Sending healing energy and prayers. The Mayo Clinic is an amazing asset to have so close to help deal with something so unique. Let us know what we can ever do to be of help. Jerry Howe

    one year ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks!😊 Mayo is wonderful- how blessed we are!

      one year ago · Reply
  • genie bassett
    genie bassett

    We are thinking of you, wish we lived close so we could help out! <3

    one year ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks 😊

      one year ago · Reply
  • Julie Brinkman
    Julie Brinkman

    Good to hear an update. Praying the chemo treatments will all go well. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

    one year ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks 😊

      one year ago · Reply
  • Roger Westendorf
    Roger Westendorf

    Sounds good, Jan. Give dennis or best wishes & we ae praying fo him.

    one year ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks 😊

      one year ago · Reply
  • Cathy Bemiss
    Cathy Bemiss

    Always in my prayers.

    one year ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks 😊

      one year ago · Reply
  • Bonnie Knapp
    Bonnie Knapp

    Hugs and prayers to you both. Modern technology and medical treatment is amazing today. Jim & Bonnie

    one year ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks 😊

      one year ago · Reply
  • Marcia Jensen
    Marcia Jensen

    Dennis & Jan, stay strong & fight this! No matter how high the mountain you can not block the sun! God bless you! Joel & Marcia

    one year ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks 😊

      one year ago · Reply