I had a follow-up appointment with Dr. Balaraman (Beaumont oncologist) on Monday, January 6, 2020. Per our conversation, an appointment was scheduled with Dr. Gadgeel (U of M oncologist), for Thursday, January 7, 2020 in Ann Arbor. The take-away from those discussions was that we were using up all our treatment options.
Dr. Gadgeel did DNA testing for another gene mutation that is related to lung cancer – I did test positive for this gene and that made me eligible for a clinical study with a new chemo drug.
In the meantime, Dr. Gadgeel wanted to do another biopsy on the lung which I had done on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor. This was to confirm, for him, that the cancer did start in the lungs – it did confirm.
On February 4, I had a CT scan done to get a baseline – the results showed things looked stable – which was good news in that things have not notably progressed.
I started my clinical study with Dr. Gadgeel at U of M in Ann Arbor on Thursday, February 6, 2020 for the first of four chemotherapy treatments. I will have treatment once a week for two weeks on and one week off (this is considered one cycle). I will do two cycles and then have another CT scan done to see where we stand. It is a clinical trial so there is a lot more testing and documentation that extends each treatment time to about eight hours or more.
Things are moving forward, and I feel pretty good after the first chemo treatment. I just have to be careful because the treatment has been known to compromise the white blood cells that fight infection.
I still am having fluid in the left chest cavity removed/drained about every two to three weeks. The amount removed on January 28 was considerably less. Hopefully, I can eventually stop this – that would be the upside.
I want to express my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to everyone that follows my site for the prayers and continued support. It is felt every day and words can’t express how much it means to me!
My grand kids are growing, and I look forward to every moment I can spend with them, family, and friends.
Thank you everyone for thinking of me! I appreciate all the prayers, hugs, love and support!
Love to all and God bless!
This photo was taken after a busy week of painting the plant room and living room. It came out really nice. This same week Bob was in Frankenmuth earning a Peoples' Choice award on his snow carving.