Hello All –

Tom here with an update.

You may recall from the previous note that we had the some significant events upcoming.

We had scheduled the first CT Scan after taking the Oral Chemo medication, followed by a consultation with the Oncologist a few days later.

We did get the CT Scan done on April 30th, which was 49 days after I began taking the medication.

This week we were able to have a tele-visit with the Doctor. We learned some things we didn’t know as well as getting the results of the scan.

What we didn’t’ know:

Apparently in addition to cancer lesions in my lung and in my lymph nodes, there were also spots on my liver, spleen and bone.

This was a bit disturbing to learn. However, in the context of the results and findings, not as bad as you might think.

The description she used to describe the effectiveness of the drug: I’ve had some wonderful results, with fast and significant reduction in the cancer appearances.

The spots on the spleen are the same size and appear to be cysts, and are therefore not of concern.

The instances in the bone were small and have essentially been calcified in reaction to the drug. This means that these are not a great concern at this point.

The single spot on the liver, in addition to the presence in lynph nodes and lung are substantially reduced in size.

She had specific measurements that approximate a 30% reduction in size. That’s a great result in only 7 weeks !

We’re definitely going the right direction.

I continue to tolerate the medication well and will continue taking it going forward.

We will add a bone agent to help strengthen the bone. This is not cancer specific drug but one that improves health of the bone.

This is more of an effort to improve health as a defense rather than a direct cancer treatment. I also continue to exercise and take steps to improve overall health.

God has been gracious in permitting this type of an improvement. We’re grateful and our attitude continues to be very positive.

We’re thankful for the results and hopeful for continued improvement.

Going forward, I will get another CT Scan done in 3 months and again assess the change to baseline and previous scan.

There are a couple of other minor considerations and details, but essentially, we’re on a good track and want to continue to see progress to complete eradication.

We’re so thankful for all the support, prayers and encouraging notes from you all.

With Gratitude,

Tom

Prior updates are below, if you’re new to the team/distro

As a reminder, my core original prayer requests are:

  1. Pray and ask God specifically for the items I’ve identified below

  2. Pray consistently three times each day – if possible at the times listed below

8:00 or 9:00 AM 3:00 or 4:00 PM 9:00 or 10:00 PM

The specific requests that God has placed on my heart are as follows:

· God will be glorified in some way through all of this

· Complete healing, with no signs of disease remaining

· Mental Strength, Peace of Mind, and Acceptance of God’s will for Lisa and I as we walk through this together

· Wisdom in all decision making

· Physical relief from pain and discomfort

· Blessings for all that have and will be touched, and have extended their prayers of support (this includes each of you)


Hi all –

Tom here with the most recent update.

As mentioned in the last update, the fact that a genetic mutation being identified is a positive development.

I have been on the oral chemotherapy for a bit over 30 days at this point.

After about 3 weeks, we did a blood draw to perform some testing.

The purpose of this testing is to check to see that I am tolerating the medication well.

A few days ago, we got the results back and had a call with the Oncologist to discuss.

All of my results were in the green, and within normal ranges.

In addition, I still have seen not impact or side effects – all good news!

The next step is to see how effective the medication is in reducing the cancer.

I am scheduled for a CT Scan on April 30th, and a follow up appointment with the oncologist on May 4th to review.

The specific thing we’re looking for is that the cancer lesions are reduced in size.

Actually, since we’re submitting prayer requests, lets just ask that they are completely gone!

At this point, that is the only additional specific prayer request we would have you to ask the Father for.

My health and attitude continue to be very positive.

I continue to exercise and the doc says that my immune system will not be compromised by the medication.

We’re extremely grateful for the current status and for all of your support and prayers.

We will let you all know when we have the results of the Scan.

You can expect an update then.

Thanks so much for your love and support,

Tom

Prior updates are below, if you’re new to the team/distro

As a reminder, my core original prayer requests are:

  1. Pray and ask God specifically for the items I’ve identified below

  2. Pray consistently three times each day – if possible at the times listed below

8:00 or 9:00 AM 3:00 or 4:00 PM 9:00 or 10:00 PM

The specific requests that God has placed on my heart are as follows:

· God will be glorified in some way through all of this

· Complete healing, with no signs of disease remaining

· Mental Strength, Peace of Mind, and Acceptance of God’s will for Lisa and I as we walk through this together

· Wisdom in all decision making

· Physical relief from pain and discomfort

· Blessings for all that have and will be touched, and have extended their prayers of support (this includes each of you)


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As I mentioned in the previous update, my test for a genetic mutation came back positive.

After the last update Lisa and I had calls with my Oncologist and my Naturopathic Oncologist. Both were genuinely delighted to hear the news.

A little more detail on what this means going forward.

First, it means that the prognosis is much more positive. This is due to the fact that there multiple drugs that have been developed, targeting this specific type of cancer.

The medication targets and impacts the mutated cells only, and does not damage normal cells.

Therefore, the side effects of this type of drug are much less severe than Intravenous Chemo.

Often there are little to no side effects and severe reactions are rare.

The oral medication I take is an Oral version of Chemotherapy. It does require special handling and has some special requirements.

It’s not a cure, but it has shown to be pretty effective at stopping and reversing the growth of the cancer.

The oncologist did say that if its effective it could change my staging. I’m Stage IV now. Staging is determined by where it is and if its traveled to other areas or systems.

For instance, if it is eliminated completely from my lymph nodes, my staging could be reduced.

After a couple of weeks of working through the paperwork and special logistics, we did receive the medication last week.

I began taking it last Friday. So, I’ve been on it for a week, and no side effects so far.

We will monitor by doing blood work initially to insure that its not doing damage to liver or blood counts, etc…

I will continue taking it and do a CT Scan every 3 months. That’s when we’ll see how its working.

So the updated, special prayer requests are that:

1 – The medication is very effective at reducing and eliminating the cancer cells in my body.

2 – My body responds well and tolerates the medication well, not developing any type of resistance

3 – I continue to stay healthy outside of this condition, because it does put me at higher risk of other factors

With gratitude for all your prayers and support,

Tom

As a reminder, my core original prayer requests are:

  1. Pray and ask God specifically for the items I’ve identified below

  2. Pray consistently three times each day – if possible at the times listed below

8:00 or 9:00 AM 3:00 or 4:00 PM 9:00 or 10:00 PM

The specific requests that God has placed on my heart are as follows:

· God will be glorified in some way through all of this

· Complete healing, with no signs of disease remaining

· Mental Strength, Peace of Mind, and Acceptance of God’s will for Lisa and I as we walk through this together

· Wisdom in all decision making

· Physical relief from pain and discomfort

· Blessings for all that have and will be touched, and have extended their prayers of support (this includes each of you)