In May 2019, Chad was diagnosed with Stage I Melanoma and had surgery to remove the cancer from his left calf. His surgeon also extracted two lymph nodes from his left groin. Post-surgery tests showed the cancer had indeed spread to those lymph nodes, elevating the cancer to Stage IIIA Metastatic Melanoma. Over the past year, Chad has bravely undergone 17 Immunotherapy treatments and attended countless lab, assessment, and imaging appointments.
In July of this year, Chad began having pain at the lymph node surgical sight and throughout his left hip and thigh. Through the Cross Cancer Institute In Edmonton, he recently received several imaging scans to try and diagnose the source of pain. Chad’s Oncologist notified him that the imaging confirms the recurrence of cancer and that a tumor is surrounding a major artery and nerves in his pelvic region. The tumor is causing excruciating pain and once again has exhilarated his condition to Stage IIIC Metastatic Melanoma, and is now deemed non-operable.
Due to the rapid growth of the new tumor, aggressive efforts must be made to stop the cancer. The Oncologist has started Chad on an alternative treatment plan combining two Immunotherapy drugs. This is a new approach of treatment for Chad’s type of cancer with promising, but minimal historical data. Chad started the new treatment plan in October and experienced significant side effects. The Oncology team said they now need to add radiation to the treatment cycle to improve the chances of success. Chad will begin radiation next week.
The combination of the two Immunotherapy drugs with radiation treatment has only been attempted in 15 patients in Alberta in the past two years. Every effort is being made to save Chad’s life. Unfortunately, they have told Chad if the current course of treatment is not successful, they are out of viable options at the Cross Cancer Institute.
Although he has been provided excellent care with his Oncology team and the Cross Cancer Institute, family and friends are now exploring International treatment options as they are looking at every opportunity to ensure Chad has a long and healthy life. The Oncology team fully supports the consideration of options elsewhere, but it will come at a heavy financial burden as treatment out of the country could easily exceed over $100 000 US and time is of the essence as Chad’s cancer is advancing quickly. The Cochrane’s have contacted UPMC Pittsburgh and the MD Anderson Center, two world-class institutions in cancer research and treatment. Chad’s medical files are in the process of being sent to both locations for evaluation.
Chad’s employer has been extremely supportive during his treatment over the past year. However, Chad is now concerned about his physical capacity to continue working while he fights the battle of champions and the ability to support his family if he needs to take significant time off for treatment outside of Canada.
It is our hope that everyone that has been touched and loves the Cochrane’s will find it in their hearts to support them during this challenging time.
Chad is a loyal father to three boys Caden, Jace and Brady and husband to Shari for the past 24 years. He has always, first and foremost, put “The Cochrane 5” above all others. Chad has touched the lives of people in each city he has lived in and has always embraced his community. He has volunteered much of his adult life giving back where he can. It is important to him to provide the best possible community experience for children and their families. Everywhere our “Hollywood” goes, there is not a person that has not been moved by Chad’s optimism, drive, family values and now more than ever, courage.
Your donations will help Chad and his family get through this difficult battle. The Cochrane's have friends and family that love them across the world. They have this tribe, as they are a prime example of what it means to put the ones we love first. We as the loving friends of Chad and the Cochrane Family thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness.
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