Cancer Update March 2016

 

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Well it has been a while since my last update post.  In January I began my fourth treatment for stage 4 kidney cancer in my lungs. I am now on an immunotherapy drug called Opdivo. It was recently approved by the FDA for treating advance stage kidney cancer. I just had my third dose this week. I have also had two bouts of post obstructive pneumonia which put me in the hospital twice. I am now having to have two antibiotics through an IV at home. My wife Tanisha is a good nurse/caregiver for administering these medications. I am due for a CT scan in a few weeks to see if the tumors are shrinking and if the pneumonia is completely cleared.

Yesterday, I had a blood transfusion with 2 units of blood. My last few blood tests have shown a steady decrease in my red blood cell count and hemoglobin. So my oncologist ordered the transfusion. I found out that my blood type is B Positive. I was given 1 unit of O negative and 1 unit of B Negative. This should help some of the symptoms I’ve been having to disappear I hope. I have already noticed that my oxygen saturation has improved and I need less of the oxygen at home. Other symptoms I  have experienced have been fatigue, rapid heartbeat, and swelling in the feet and ankles. I am thankful for my team of doctors and care managers at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

I will hopefully keep up to date on my journey with battling cancer.

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3 thoughts on “Cancer Update March 2016

  1. I hope you have good results with the Opdivo. It didn’t work for me, but I’ve heard of other people for whom it has worked very well. I was just diagnosed with pneumonia yesterday, too, but no hospitalization for me so far. (Thank goodness). I’ll be starting avastin in a few weeks, and hoping for some benefit from that. I wish you well, fellow kidney cancer journeyer

  2. Marietta Federico

    John Anthony, sounds like your getting the best care both from the center and Tanisha. These are blessings from God. Always keeping both of you in my prayers.

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