On November 18, 2017, my husband Scott Rivenbark was diagnosed with state 4 colon cancer. I took him to the emergency room that Saturday morning because he had been up all night hurting on his right side. The staff at the hospital said he probably had a kidney stone. They did a cat scan and found a tumor in his colon and discovered that it had also spread to his liver and lungs. I never dreamed that the doctor would walk in the room and tell us that my husband had cancer. They admitted him to the hospital and did a liver biopsy and a colonoscopy. He spent 4 days in the hospital having tests and seeing different doctors to start a plan of action to battle the cancer. We immediately started chemotherapy and he received 6 treatments using a series of 3 drugs. His doctor saw a slight increase in his tumor marker number and sent us to Chapel Hill Cancer Center to be seen by an oncologist there. He advised us to continue treatment and he would monitor Scott's progress and let us know if any other treatments became available. His tumor marker number continued to increase so his oncologist changed his chemotherapy medication to another series of drugs used to fight colon cancer. Scott has had 3 treatments with the new drugs and his tumor marker continues to rise. We also went to Duke Cancer Center and got a third opinion from an oncologist there. She recommended that we go back to the first chemo drug that he received and give it another try. She also recommended radiation treatment on the tumor. We received a call on May 23, 2018 about a trial drug that had been approved for testing on colon cancer. We have an appointment in Chapel Hill to run some tests and meet with doctors to see if Scott is a match for this trial. Scott is working as much as he can in between chemo treatments every other week and trying to deal with all the side effects of the chemo. His company, family and friends have been so supportive through all of this. If he is a match for the trial in Chapel Hill, we will have to travel to the hospital once a week for 6 weeks. Any donation that is made to Scott will help with travel, medical expenses and to supplement his income when he is unable to work.+ Read More
I wanted to give an update on Scott's colon cancer battle to everyone that has been following this journey. We made the trip to Cancer Center's of America and spent three long days in Atlanta running tests, meeting with doctors and resting in the hotel room. We were told that there wasn't anything that they could do for him. The cancer is too far advanced and we should start researching trial drugs. Scott and I were both devastated and shed a lot of tears that day. We headed home and resumed chemo with his oncologist here in Wilmington. We then made an appointment with MD Anderson in Houston, Texas and flew out there to see if they would be able to help. MD Anderson did not offer any assistance with the trip so we had to pay for the airfare, hotel and food while we were there. We were also told that they did not have any options for Scott. It is absolutely heartbreaking to hear over and over again that there is nothing anyone can do to cure/fight this awful disease. We again returned home to resume chemo here in Wilmington. Scott's oncologist is doubtful that they chemo is going to continue to work but we are putting all our faith in God. He is the great physician and can work miracles. On September 11, 2018, Scott had his usual blood work done and his tumor marker went down 1738 points. We are praying that his tumor marker number will continue to drop. Please continue to pray for Scott and I as we fight to keep Scott #rivenbarkstrong. We thank each and everyone one of you that have donated to this campaign and for supporting us.
As many of you know the trial in Chapel Hill did not work. We were referred back to the Zimmer Cancer here in Wilmington to continue chemotherapy treatment with the first series of drugs we used. A family member contacted The Cancer Centers of America in Atlanta as soon as we found out the trial didn't work. They told them about our situation and got a contact name and number for us. I reached out to the contact person and went through the process of getting Scott an appointment with them. We now have an appointment with The Cancer Center's of America in Atlanta on August 20, 21st and 22nd. We will meet with a team of doctors and run tests to see if they have a treatment plan to help Scott's battle with colon cancer. The cancer center will pay for all of Scott's flights to and from the center if they have a treatment plan. They are paying for my flight this time but will only pay for additional flights for me if he has to have a procedure done that requires anesthesia. If I plan on traveling with him for treatments, we will have to cover the cost of my travel. They reserve our hotel room at a discounted rate but that is an expense we will have to pay. I will keep all our friends and family updated on our journey as we battle this awful disease. Please continue to pray for Scott and I. #rivenbarkstrong
#rivenbarkstrong has reached 100% of its goal. Thanks to Jason & Jessica, Scott and Chris.
Scott was accepted to the trial at UNC Chapel Hill. We will travel to the UNC Cancer Center once a week for him to receive an infusion and take pill. The treatments have to be done at UNC so therefore we have to travel. It is a very stressful and exhausting trip but we will do whatever we have to in order to fight this awful disease. The first stage of the trial lasts 6 weeks and at the end of the trial they will do another cat scan to see the results of the trial. Please continue to pray for Scott and I as we continue to battle his cancer. #rivenbarkstrong