Mark's Cancer Treatment in the USA

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When I met Mark, he was recovering from stage 3b colon cancer. He had completed surgery to remove part of his colon, radiation and chemotherapy. A month into our relationship, we found out he was cancer free, he lived cancer free for about a year, until a routine scan showed something in his lungs.

There were a few spots in his lungs that they were keeping an eye on. When it seemed to look as they were growing, the oncologist decided to biopsy the largest spot.

In November of 2014, a month after moving in together to become a blended family of 7,  we found out it was in fact cancer in his lungs. It is a metastasized spread of the colon cancer. There were 3 tumors in his lungs and one in his aorta, but now this number has grown to 6 tumors in his lungs. We are told that  they are inoperable.

The oncologist has told us this disease is not curable. All treatment from this point on is about extending Mark's life. The 5 year survival rate for his cancer is 11.5%. The average life span of someone with this cancer is 2 years. He has already defied those odds.

He is off work on disability and trying to make ends meet for the family while going through this treatment.

Mark is also wanting to try some alternative treatments through naturopathic doctors to try and cure or manage this cancer so he can try to live a normal life for as long as possible and be there for our five children.

Naturopathic treatments are not covered by medical and are very expensive.

We are also now seeking donations to cover the cost of a clinical trial that is being done in California. Mark’s oncologist would like to send him down there to receive immunotherapy treatment in hopes of possibly getting rid of the cancer completely.

We hope that this trial will be the cure we have been waiting for. He would very much like to be the father and partner he wants to be.

Thank you!

Update:

He is currently on three different types of chemotherapy 1) oral pills he takes every day for two weeks, then one week off, and 2) IV chemo at Lions Gate Hospital every three weeks. He has been on this regiment for over a year now, which as you can imagine, is quite hard on him. 


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We see Marks oncologist on Wednesday to get the results of his MRI which will tell us if it is cancer in his spine that they saw on the CT scan. The waiting game continues...

His oncologist emailed to say the doctor in California is away in Europe at a conference. Hopefully he gets back soon so we can get his butt down there for this immunotherapy!!!

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Mark saw a Urologist regarding his kidney yesterday. Due to a blockage in his ureter, his left kidney has been causing him some pain. They did a bone scan to check for cancer in his bones, which revealed something in his L5 vertebrae in his spine. The doctor said it could be a compression fracture, or it could be the spread of the cancer. They have requested an urgent MRI and PET Scan to see if it might be cancer.

Although he has this kidney and back pain, his breathing seems to have improved enough that the oncologist has told us that Mark is healthy enough to go down to California for the clinical trial he suggested in the past. So now we are on a mission to raise new funds for his travel and accommodation. I have enough points on my credit card for the first trip, but any further trips will land us in more debt.

I have changed the name of this fundraiser in hopes that we can raise at least $10,000 to cover some of the travel down there. He will have to go down once a month for 6-9 months or so and then go down for check ups after. Any complications down there would not be covered so it is important that he fly back to Canada right after each treatment.

Thank you all for you support!
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The oncologist told us some more info about the clinical trial in California. He said there would be little to no cost for the experimental treatment (which would normally cost over $100,000), but there would be a cost for him to fly down there and stay in a hotel.

He would have to go down there quite regularly for 6 months to a year so it would be quite a bit of travel.

I am going to try write a letter to an airline and a hotel chain down there to see if maybe someone would be willing to sponsor him. If anyone knows of any connections, please let me know.

On a positive note, today Mark felt better than he has in two months, so we are hoping he is on the upswing from this nasty cold.

The oncologist upped his treatment last week as the CT scan showed there were a couple of new tumours showing up in his lungs. The new chemo he introduced made him very sick for about a week but he seems to be getting better today.
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Mark has not been well for the past couple of months. He came down with a bad cough and cold in early December, which put him out a few weeks. Just when he thought he was feeling better, he came down with another bug. He completely lost his voice and has been coughing every day. He has been off of chemo for almost two months due to this illness. For some reason, he doesn't seem like he is getting better.

They did a CT scan on him this week and the doctor said there are a few new tumors on the bottom of his lungs. He said it is likely due to the fact that he has had to miss treatment for this period of time.

His doctor mentioned a clinical trial down in California which sounds promising. Apparently he has sent a women down there who has the same cancer as him, and she is now in complete remission (or 'no evidence of disease' as they now call it).

We are now going to start fundraising again to try have this experimental treatment done on Mark. We have not been told as to what the cost is yet, but should learn more about it next week when we see his oncologist, Dr. Smiljanic.
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Michele Platje Devlin
37 months ago
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For every one of you that said, "Let me know how I can help." Or, "I wish I could help". Or something like that and are still looking, I have your answer! It is easy and costs about 5 lattes a month. That's it. 100 people giving up 5 lattes a month to help this family for a year. ($25 a month for a year.) It is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Mark is in Stage 4 of the disease. Help, please! Make life a lttle easier for Mark, Anita and their kids.

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Jessica Hugh
21 months ago

This is so awesome to hear!!

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Skye Coe
28 months ago

Find a site called 'The Truth About Cancer' as well as book of same title. My oncologist has been willing to run tests needed to show that my alternative therapies are working. So many possibilities, so don't give in to theory that cancer is a death sentence. It is not. When given proper treatment and support the human body can more than adequately deal with cancer cells that are always present anyway. Each pathway to healing and wholeness is unique and I'm sure that intuition and your faith will guide you well!!

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Praying for your whole family as you go through this together

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Michele Platje Devlin
37 months ago
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For every one of you that said, "Let me know how I can help." Or, "I wish I could help". Or something like that and are still looking, I have your answer! It is easy and costs about 5 lattes a month. That's it. 100 people giving up 5 lattes a month to help this family for a year. ($25 a month for a year.) It is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Mark is in Stage 4 of the disease. Help, please! Make life a lttle easier for Mark, Anita and their kids.

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Jessica Hugh
21 months ago

This is so awesome to hear!!

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Skye Coe
28 months ago

Find a site called 'The Truth About Cancer' as well as book of same title. My oncologist has been willing to run tests needed to show that my alternative therapies are working. So many possibilities, so don't give in to theory that cancer is a death sentence. It is not. When given proper treatment and support the human body can more than adequately deal with cancer cells that are always present anyway. Each pathway to healing and wholeness is unique and I'm sure that intuition and your faith will guide you well!!

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