Three doctor report
Dr. Frager, my radio-oncologist, released me from care since the melanoma in my brain is gone. I remember the Green Mask and the multi-member team controlling the CyberKnife that did the ultra-precise zap on the two nodules.
Dr. Burt, my urologist, removed the bladder cancer with “ordinary surgery” a year ago. He just took another look and showed me the inside of my bladder: no sign of cancer visually. The urine cytology lab test confirmed: “Negative for High Grade Urothelial Carcinoma”
Dr. Mashru, my medical oncologist, after reviewing my last CT scan and blood tests explained that the infusions of Nivolumab every four weeks for treating the melanoma that metastasized into my lungs. The good news is that he expects to end those treatments in April, which is a year after they began.
I asked for clarification, and he confirmed that since there has been no activity in the cancer over the last 15 months of treatment, he expects it is dead. Follow up CT scans will monitor to confirm
No cancer?? I will admit that it is hard to wrap my mind around that prognosis. But with prayers of thousands and cutting-edge treatment, that seems likely.
UPDATE: I had my pre-infusion blood tests (all good) and conversation with the Nurse Practitioner. She was pleased to hear how well I was doing which led me to do a bit of research on response to nivolumab treatment for Melanoma, If I read this article correctly, the overall survival rate is 42% and the disease progression-free survival rate is 36%. Mine was detected early and even more importnatly covered with prayers of many.
Colton formally proposed and slid the ring on Nicole’s finger. This means two upcoming weddings: Joy and Nathaniel in late April and Nicole and Colton on July 1.
Christmas in Kansas City
We are spending a week with Donn, Susan, Elizabeth and Michael through Christmas Day. We got a blizzard to highlight our time! You can see Michael’s sled trip in sub-zero weather here. Michael also went high to top the Christmas tree decorations as you can see here
Our visit will include a Saturday Chiefs game. With temperature in the low teens, wind chill in low single digits, Donn purchased Mobile Warming Heated Wool Socks. I get to use Elizabeth’s pair!
The visit will culminate with Christmas Eve and Christmas morning services at their church. I am excited that Elizabeth will be doing readings on Christmas Eve, but a bit disappointed that their children’s Christmas program occurred last week.
Visit to Spring Branch Cemetary & Wheatland
Sherry and I traveled to Spring Branch Cemetary, outside the church I grew up in and where we will be gathered to our fathers, to introduce Michael to his ancestors, going back to grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents!
Then we drove south to Wheatland and had a marvelous lunch at Gigi’s Cafe.
So thankful to read of your blessings from the Lord Gerry. I am pleased to know the details and how God has worked over the last year or more in your life. I recall often all that I learned from your teaching. Thanks so much.
Past Western student.
Thank you, Dennis! Best blessing for the New Year
So pleased with this report, and grateful to our dear King! Happy New Year, Gerry!
Thank you, Ken. Every time I see Dr. Burt I remember you to him and he laughs joyfully at your friendship that developed as he saved your life!
A most blessed New Year to you and Sharon!
You are totally amazing, Gerry, and are in the hands of an even more amazing and gracious God!!! People just don’t hear, ‘the melanoma is gone’. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matt 19:26. I am beyond words…
Exactly so, Bonnie. I am amazed and overwhelmed by Dr. Mashru’s assessment. I did a bit of research of survival rates and found this article. If I read it right the survival rate is 42% for folk treated with nivolumab alone. So my very postive response is more than just the medication!
It is nice to increase the percentages! Change the stats — Go God!
Amen and amen!!
Amazing News!!! Wow!! Speechless.
Merry Christmas Gerry!
Thank you, Jake. What a wonder to have so many praying and also the latest medical research and technology. A most blessed Christmas to you and my friendsa at Grace Chapel