Hi Team,

Tom here with the most recent news.

First, welcome and thanks to those recently joined the prayer support team.

A couple of things:

As you may recall, I’ve been having CT scans to track effectiveness of the treatment on a quarterly basis.

My most recent scan was done in the last few days of October.

I’m a bit late getting this report out to you, partially because I don’t have great news to share.

After a number of scans showing reduction and significant improvement, this time wasn’t the same.

On the sites located in my lung, we saw enlargement, or progression of the disease.

The other sites appear to be static, but the lunch is original site.

The meaning of this is that the current oral chemotherapy medication is now working.

Either my body had grown resistant to it, of the cancer is adapting and changing again to survive. ☹

After such good success for the past 6 months, I was very disappointed in this outcome.

We had expected and hoped for this first line treatment to last much longer. Not to be I guess.

Ironically, it was almost exactly 1 year ago that I got my first diagnosis. Here we are gong into another holiday season with this hanging over us.

There are other treatments available, including other orals and chemotherapy.

We have been accepted into two clinical trials and will be participating.

I’ve mentioned the one before that is done at MD Anderson. This is to basically extract my own immunity cells, strengthen them, then return them back to me.

That process takes place over many weeks from end to end. We will start the beginning stages next week.

Lisa and I will be traveling to Houston next week, and will be there for 8 days. We’ll be able to spend time with my daughter Shelbi that lives there, which will be great.

The other kids will also be coming down to Houston so we’ll all be together on Thanksgiving.

I’ll have medical appointments Mon, Tue and Wed, then the following Monday as well.

One of those procedures is to do another brain scan. One specific prayer request I would have for you is to pray that nothing travels to the brain, and its clean.

The other clinical trial will be conducted here in Dallas at UT Southwestern. Its basically doing more genetic testing on the new iteration of the cancer.

They look for genetic markers to match up with the most effective drugs, based on the profile.

These take some of the sting out of the bitter disappointment of the first drug’s failure, but frankly not a lot.

We know that God is still in control regardless of the outcome or results along the way.

He has impressed upon me one message that I am working to maintain and hold on to.

“Peace, Be still and know that I am God”

We covet your continued prayers along this road.

We ask specifically for peace and trust in Him, as well as good test results and complete healing.

Thank you for all your support.

Tom



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Hello All –

Tom here with an update on our cancer journey.

I hope you all are holding up well amid the various covid-related restrictions and limitations.

We are doing well and have some good news to share.

Last week I had my second CT scan after being on the oral chemo medication.

At that time, I had been on the meds for 145 days. I also continue taking the injections to strengthen bones, every 3-4 weeks.

I am still tolerating both of those treatments well, with no real side effects.

As to the results of the scan, we continue to see improvement in the appearances in almost all locations.

Most noteworthy, the changes to the largest lesion are dramatic.

This is the one that we saw first, located in my left lung. Originally it measured 37 millimeters, roughly 1.5 inches in length.

In the scan last week, that one is not discernable at all! We couldn’t see it anywhere.

Other good improvements include liver lesions reducing from 22 mm to 7 mm, 24 mm to 17 mm and another one that was 12 mm that is not identifiable.

This is really great news. The only areas not seeing that type of response is in the lymph nodes.

We believe this is due to the function that lynph nodes serve, as a transport system around the body.

Therefore, it stands to reason that as long as thee is disease anywhere, it will show up in the nodes.

Anyway, the lymph nodes remain about the same size, with one increasing slightly. All are in the 10 – 16 mm range.

We continue to thank God for the results and remain optimistic about the future.

In addition to these good results, a few weeks ago I was accepted into a clinical trail at MD Anderson.

The trial is not something that we would pursue until/if the current treatments cease to be effective.

The treatment involves taking, then producing/treating specific types of cells from my blood.

After the production of the serum, they would be reinjected back into my body. The serum could be stored for up to two years before use.

In discussions with both MD Anderson and UT Southwestern doctors, we agreed that we will wait a while to harvest the blood and begin the process.

So, essentially, this is a backup plan. Of course our prayer is that the backup plan will not be needed

Thank you all for the support, prayers and words of encouragement that you have been.

We continue to be humbled by the outpouring of love we experience from you all, and from our Father.

We should be touching base again in about 3 months, when the next scan is scheduled.

If anything changes that disrupts our schedule I’ll let you know.

Blessings to you all,

Tom


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Hello All –

Tom here with an update.

It’s been a while since we’ve been in touch.

My health has continued to remain good, and our spirits positive.

I continue to take the oral chemo medication daily and have been taking the bone strengthening shots every 3 weeks.

Neither has had any discernable negative impact on my health.

Next week, on Aug 3rd, I will have my next scan. By that time I will have been on the medication for more than 140 days.

You may recall that the first scan was after 49 days on the medication and we saw significant reduction in all locations.

We are hopeful and continue to pray for a similar positive result from this scan.

We will review and discuss the results of the scan with my doctor by the end of next week.

I’ll send another update after we get the results.

Thanks for your continued prayers and support.

Sincerely,

Tom


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