Cancer Update March 2017

photofrinI just had a CT scan a few weeks ago to check on the state of things in my lungs. The scan had some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the pneumonia I was dealing with has finally cleared up.  The bad news is that the tumors in both lungs are growing not shrinking after 2 months of treatment using Opdivo. Again, I am being treated for stage 4 kidney cancer that has metastasized to both lungs at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Phoenix.

My pulmunoligist has recently begun treating one of my symptoms with something called Photo Dynamic Therapy. The drug used is called Photofrin. So, the upper part of my right lung in not only partially collapsed, but it is also blocked by the tumors. This new treatment is designed to open that part of the airway up by burning away the tumors using the drug Photofrin. 

I had the drug injected into my body on Monday.  On Wednesday I had a bronchoscopy procedure where a cool laser was placed into my airway and turned on to activate the drug internally. Basically, the tumors are now light sensitive and by using the laser it will destroy the tumors by burning them and flooding them with oxygen.  Oxygen is a natural enemy to cancer cells. I will have up to four more procedures in the next week or so to clean up the dead tissue from the soon to be dead cancer cells.

While this will help to improve my breathing and overall quality of life, it is limited to only clearing up this one particular symptom. The remaining cancer cells in my lungs will have to be dealt with in other ways by my oncologist. I am hopeful that I will be cancer free soon.

 

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3 thoughts on “Cancer Update March 2017

  1. Wishing you all the very best.
    Hoping for good news.
    x

  2. Marietta

    John Anthony, thank you for the update on your cancer journey. It is a blessing to hear from you and to hear how your doctors are attacking the cancer. God surely has His Hand in your life. Continue to pray and ask for your healing. Tanisha, praying for you and that God may give you strength to support John Anthony.
    Much love and prayers,
    Marietta

  3. Ida Smith

    *:) happyTo John ,
    You are in our prayers my theory is that God has control of all things. We love you John
    and you will always be remembered and always loved by us, may God bless you and your family.

    Sis Ida

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