Kyle's Fight

Kyle and Carrie are a fabulous, caring, and hard working couple.  They were just married a few months ago, purchased their first home less than a month ago, and then were hit with horrible news. Kyle was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer.  You can read about his journey below.  What was thought to be a simple fix turned into anything but.

Over the next several months Kyle will endure 4 rounds of Chemo.  This will result in lost wages for both, as Carrie cares for Kyle, and many expenses.  Anyone would be worried about finances, but with just purchasing a home, they are worried about making ends meet on severly reduced incomes.  Carrie and Kyle are not the type of people to ever ask for help.  So we are doing it for them.  No amount is to small.

Your Lookout Family loves you and will do anything we can to help, just as you would for any one of us if the roles were reversed!!!

Kyle's Journey: 
After a couple weeks of discomfort in that particular area, Kyle went in to have it looked at... and left with the news that nobody prepared for.
He was given an urgent referral to a urology oncologist, and the doctor confirmed the diagnosis and got the next steps in motion right away... He immediately got a CT scan to determine if it had spread anywhere else already, blood work, a pre-op physical, and scheduled surgery for removal of the mass less than 3 days later.

This is an aggressive type of cancer that can very easily and quickly spread if ignored. This is why the doctor wasted no time in scheduling surgery to remove the mass before it has the chance to spread.

Originally it was thought that it had not spread!! The CT showed everything other than the main mass to be completely normal. No lymph node involvement, and had not gone to any other organs.

After the surgery they further investigated the mass, to determine if chemo or radiation was needed for further treatment. But with this type of cancer, it is not uncommon for surgery to take care of the problem completely with no additional treatment needed.  Unfortunately, this was not the case. After the biopsy and blood work came back there was indication that cancer cells  showed up in the blood vessels and the lymphatic tubes, which means that it started going down the paths that it needed to in order to spread. After discussing it and weighing our options we decided to go with the safest and most effective option of have a 2nd surgery.  So Kyle was planning on scheduling a surgery to have the lymph nodes removed from his lower abdomen. This would involve a 6 day hospital stay and a 6 week recovery time. It would be a major surgery with a pretty large incision site, but several doctors have told them that this was the absolute best option. 

This past Monday Kyle and Carrie went to  the follow up visit. They rechecked blood work because in order to do surgery they needed to make sure the tumor markers in his blood were going back to within range. And it seems that every doctors visit they have, they don't get the news they wanted... Monday was no different. The tumor markers in his blood are not only NOT in normal range... but they went up. Which indicates that there is already another tumor somewhere else. (It has spread). That makes the surgery to remove his lymph nodes a pointless surgery. So instead he will be going through 4 rounds of chemo therapy (each round is roughly a month).

They will be redoing blood work again this week to make sure that the last one was accurate and see how fast the markers are going up, getting a scan to see if we can find where the tumor is, and consulting with a medical oncologist this week about chemo. After we see the medical oncologist, he will likely start chemo next week.
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Lisa Klaesges 
Raised $200 from 4 donations
Minneapolis, MN
Carrie Dorr 
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