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  1. From Nothing to IV in one day

    We met with a doctor from MD Anderson today as a second opinion on my brother's treatment and he finally has a course that he will be taking for his treatment. The radiotherapy helped with the pain in his lower back, but he started to feel new pain in other areas. He did the radio surgery this past Wednesday on his brain and he survived it. He lost some of his hair behind his head, but he laughs about it and says he's going to get a "nice fade." As for the doctor we met today, he was a little concerned because my brother developed pain in his lower right and left calf and ordered an ultrasound. Sure enough it was what the doctor suspected and he had developed blood clots in both. The doctor quickly ordered Fragmin as a daily dose and said he will be on it for at least 6 months until further review. My brother will start chemotherapy on Monday, and the MD Anderson doctor together with his current oncologist, agreed on a first line of treatment with a platinum-based chemotherapy of Carboplatin + Alimta. He is also adding Neulosta as a white cell booster and Zometa to keep calcium from releasing from his bones. He will receive 2 cycle treatments (6 weeks) and then get tests done to see if this line of treatment has worked. We are hoping and praying that he will have the minimum amount of side effects and that we will get some good news. After receiving the news of the blood clots, I can see how disappointed he has become. Because he hasn't heard one "good news" some from the doctors. He went from a healthy man with no health problems at all, to a man developing all these new symptoms out of nowhere. It's been such a hard time for him and for all of us. Please keep us in your prayers. I really appreciate this website and the encouraging words from experienced survivors.
  2. From Nothing to IV in one day

    Hello everyone, I just wanted to update you all on my brother's progress. He's been doing target radiation since Jan. 9th. They started with his larger tumor on his lower back and now they are targeting the cerebellum and he has been doing good so far. He gets a little nauseous and tired, but he still has his energy. This past Tuesday he was fitted for a mask for his brain. Since most of the tumors are in the cerebellum, the doctor decided just to treat that whole area, but there are only 3 small tumors in the cerebrum, the doctor wants to do radiosurgery to those 3 tumors. So the mask will cover all of the other area of the brain and just leave those 3 areas exposed for the treatment. He will get that done next week on Wednesday. Last week on Jan. 12th, we received news that there was no mutation in the biopsy on this first series of tests. Today, we received the final results and received news that were is absolutely no mutation at all. So the only thing left is chemotherapy. My brother was hoping to avoid chemotherapy because of all the things he hears about it, but he certainly cannot and does not want to avoid it now. This will start right after they finish with his radiation therapy. Next week he will also meet with a doctor from MD Anderson to see if there are any clinical trials he could participate in, but those wouldn't start for a few weeks and my brother wants to get all his treatment done now and not wait. As of now, all we can do is wait and pray that this is the correct treatment. He has kept a positive attitude although it gets very hard sometimes, but he has great support in his family.
  3. From Nothing to IV in one day

    Thank you for reaching out to me. I admire you and the caregivers in this site. Receiving a response to my posts always gives me the courage to press forward and not quit. My brother is in good spirits and was discharged yesterday after his first radiation treatment. He is relieved that the doctors are finally starting on a treatment plan. Yesterday and today they did target radiation on his lower back where he has a tumor that is causing him the most pain. Tomorrow they will do radiation therapy on the whole cerebellum of the brain and his spine. He's a bit nervous about it, but he's been positive. He has his ups and downs but he doesn't want to give up. Hopefully by Thursday we will find out more results of his biopsy. I will update as soon as I know. Truthfully, it has been prayer and hearing God's Word and positivity that has changed his outlook. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I really really appreciate it.
  4. From Nothing to IV in one day

    I really appreciate the time each of you have taken to respond to me. It really makes me and my family feel like we are not alone. We received a little update on the treatment that my brother will be begin to receive. Starting tomorrow, 1/8/17, they will begin target radiation on the area of his spine where he is feeling the most pain. They will be doing it Monday through Friday, have him rest for the weekend, and then five more days. So it will be 10 days total of radiation on the specific areas in his spine. The oncologist expedited the biopsy results and said that we will have some news hopefully on Thursday. My brother has been in the hospital since Tuesday last week (1/3/17) and his vitals have been great. Hopefully he will be discharged tomorrow after his first target radiation. It's been very hard for him and we all have been very strong for him. We have shared with him stories of survivors who had the same prognosis as him and it has given him a different outlook. Today, a nurse who had stage IV cancer but beat the odds, came to visit him and gave him a few words of encouragement. He has his ups and downs, but the uncertainty is the most feared. If anyone has any advice on what else will help him, please let me know. Thank you.
  5. From Nothing to IV in one day

    Thank you for your response. Yes they said they will start chemo this coming week everyday. But we are hopeful that the other results of the biopsy comes out with a more specific treatment for the cancer in the different areas. After every test it seems like bad news after bad news. It's hard to keep someone optimistic in the midst of negativity. Of course we can see the reality of the situation, but what frustrates me the most is how a doctor can say "his days are numbered" and hasn't even STARTED a treatment. Anyway, we will be praying and patiently waiting for the results.
  6. From Nothing to IV in one day

    Good morning all, My brother was diagnosed with cancer last week right after Christmas. He is a 48 year old healthy, strong man who never smoked or drank, but took care of his body and ate healthy. In Oct. 2016, while at the gym, he thought he hurt his shoulder while lifting weights. He had muscle pain so he went to the doctor and was prescribed pain medicine and physical therapy. He did all of that and it didn't work. Then the pain started to run down his spine and lower back and all around his neck. He went to the doctor again and they prescribed stronger pain medication and it also didn't work. He then insisted that his doctor do an MRI. The doctor then called my brother on the phone Dec. 28th and told him it looked like cancer. Dec. 29th went to the oncologist and on Dec. 30th he did a MRI and PET. On Jan. 3, oncologist confirmed it was cancer and metastasized to his bones and specifically his spine. That's what was causing the pain. We checked him into the hospital to get the process started immediately and that day they did a full body MRI and MRI of the brain. That very same night they told us that it had spread to his brain and all along his spine. On Jan. 4, they did the biopsy of the lung tumor which is about the size of a quarter. Yesterday we found out it was non small adenocarcinoma of the lung stage 4 and it's very aggressive. They sent off a sample to see if there is any mutation. Today we received news that it has spread to his liver and they will begin target radiation on the tumor in his spine on Monday so he could at least walk without pain. He has never had any medical problems and he was fine last month and now he's in a hospital and the doctors are saying that his days are numbered. This has been the hardest news ever but if anyone out there could give us some hope, we would greatly appreciate it. I know we can fight this horrible disease. I will update and let everyone know of the treatments and hope there could be wise counsel for us since this disease doesn't run in our family. Thank you.