kimblanchard Posted July 10, 2003 Share Posted July 10, 2003 Hi everyone, I just wanted to check in and give everyone an update on Chris. We have been in the hospital since Monday morning after I had to call 911 due to his extreme shortness of breath. The cancer has spread. His oncologist told us this morning that because the cancer is in his lymph nodes that it has spread to his right lung in very small spots ("lymphatic spread"?) without actually forming a tumor. He is very very weak and is not eating very much anymore. He is on a steady morphine drip and also adivan to help with the anxiety. His primary care physician told me yesterday morning that Chris only has a few days left. Today is July 10, it has been exactly one month since his diagnosis. I cannot believe this has happened so fast. We were told that if he did not seek any treatment he would have 3-6 months left and here we are seeking treatment and it is only one month later. He had one round of chemo in June and was due for another one this week but because he is so weak and the cancer has spread he must end this line of treatment. The doctors feel that the chemo is too dangerous and might actually kill him. We are still scheduled to go to Sloan on Tuesday, so here is the game plan. Chris has the option of starting Iressa immediately. However, if he starts Iressa before we go to Sloan, that may make him ineliglble for a clinical trial so we have decided to wait it out a few more days and arrange transportation to Sloan. If he decides sometime between now and Tues that he doesn't want to go to Sloan, he will be sent home and given Iressa. Chris is very strong willed and it angers me that his doctor is so negative (his primary care doctor). He wanted to increase the morphine yesterday morning and give up completely! This morning I mentioned Iressa to him and he had never even heard of it!! Chris is way too young to give up this soon. For now we are just hanging in and praying for the best. I am staying with him in the ospital day and night (I really think that helps). I have also arranged for a few close friends to visit. Even though he is so sick he is still "working". Chris is a very successful composer for film and television (6 emmys ) and most of his friends are also very successful musicians. He doesn't want the executive producer of the show he is working on to know that he is sick, so his close friend is "ghost writing" the music for him. I think it is so important for people to stay engaged in life because it gives them a reason to keep living. I will post if again if anything new happens. I really appreciate the support of this board. It is such a good source of information! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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