Medical treatment for Sarcoma

My husband was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in his calf muscle last October. Until that day I did not know what a sarcoma was. Cancer. Shock. The operation was done to remove the cancer mass from his calf muscle. This was followed with radiation treatment; however, the cancer had already metastasized to parts of his lungs. And now with last follow-up scans, the metastatic sarcoma cancer had spread to his back muscles and pelvic muscle. Currently, there are no specialized sarcoma medical centers in South Africa that deals with this rare form of soft tissue cancer; therefore we are raising funds to help us seek medical treatment abroad. Please share our story and help if you are able to so that I can take my husband to the United Kingdom to seek medical treatment to fight this horrible disease.

Please read our story below in Afrikaans and English.

My name is Willem King, 37 years old and lives in Vredendal, South Africa. I have a wonderful family, a beautiful wife and the most beautiful children 2 years old and 4 years old. I had a good job and everything I could ask the Lord for. But last year, in May 2017, a bulge in my leg started to bother me. Immediately I thought it was just a torn muscle. After doctor visits and scans, I was ultimately diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma on October 17. Cancer. My whole world has collapsed. Nobody here in South Africa could give me answers about this rare cancer. The treatment options that I was provided with were limited. First, an operation to remove with narrow margins. And then radiation. In April of this year with my follow-up scans a 3cm tumor was found in my right lung. Again operation in June to remove the sarcoma from my lung. (Lobectomy) This time I did not get radiation or chemotherapy. With my follow up visit now on September further sarcoma spread have been discovered. 2 areas in my back muscles, one of which is already 7cm and one in my pelvis muscle. Biopsies once again confirmed this is a leiomyosarcoma. Sarcoma units overseas give the best chance of treating this cancer, with the best remedies and treatments it is my last resort to fight this cancer. I'm going to see my children grow up. I'm going to walk my daughter down the aisle on her wedding day and I'll see my son go to matric farewell. My wife, me and my family believe that these medication and treatment techniques abroad will give me the best chance. We have Hope we have our faith and we believe our God will provide. Thank you for reading our story and thank you for your support.


My naam is Willem King, 37 jaar oud en ek bly in Vredendal, Suid Afrika. Ek het n wonderlike familie ,pragtige vrou en die mooiste kinders 2 jaar oud en 4 jaar oud. Met n goeie werk en alles waarvoor ek die Here kon vra het ek gekry. Maar laasjaar Mei maand het n knop in my been my gepla. Dadelik het ek gedink dit was net n geskeurde spier. Na dokters besoeke en scans is ek uiteindlik in October 17 gediagnoseer met sagte weefsel sarkoom. Kanker. My hele wereld het in duie gestort. Niemand hier in Suid afrika kon my antwoorde gee oor hierdie rare kanker. My behandeling was beperkte opsies. Operasie om te verwyder met noue margins. En dan Bestraling. In april hierdie jaar met my opvolg scans is n 3cm gewas in my regter long gevind. Weereens operasie in Junie om te verwyder. (Lobektomie) geen bestraling of chemo gekry. Met my opvolg besoek nou in September is nog 3 gewasse ontdek. 2 in my rugspiere waarvan een alreeds 7cm is en nog een in my pelvis spier. Biopsies het weereens bevestig dit is leiyomsarcoma. Sarcoma eenhede oorsee gee die beste kans om hierdie kanker te behandel, met die beste nagevorste medikasie en behandelings is dit my laaste uitweg om hierdie kanker te veg. Ek gaan my kinders sien grootword. Ek gaan my meisiekind by die kerk paadjie afloop as sy dag trou en ek sal my seun sien matriekafskeid toe gaan. My vrou, ek en my familie glo dat hierdie medikasie en behandelings tegnieke oorsee my die beste kans sal gee. Ons het Hoop ons het ons geloof en ons glo ons God sal voorsien. Baie dankie dat jy ons storie gelees het.



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