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Cancer 101 – My Report Card

I was never so happy to finish a course, nor as anxious to learn the results of my final exam. For the better part of three months, I showed up on-time and did everything as planned on the syllabus. I even pulled a few grueling all-nighters. Of course, I am referring to Cancer 101: Chemotherapy.


Joy abounds…I passed! Now I can matriculate to Cancer 201: Immunotherapy.


Both Lori and I experienced the same mixed emotions after having my scores reviewed by my oncologist. Clearly, our hope was to show enough improvements to warrant moving forward. Yet, in doing so, we both felt like this process is starting anew.


The four cycles of chemo achieved their principal goal of slowing down the spread of cancer, and in some instances decreasing the size of various tumors. For example, the primary lesion in my left kidney appears similar in size. The metastatic lymph nodes showed a slight decrease as did the metastatic lesions in my liver. Some of the lung nodules demonstrated a slight interval decrease while others remain similar in size.


Going forward, I will begin an immunotherapy regimen next week. The hopeful result of this will be a production of cells that can recognize and fight the infected cancer cells in my body.

Sitting in the same chairs as I did as a chemo patient, an antibody medication will be infused over a two-hour session every other week. My oncologist said the side effects of this treatment should be less brutal on my body than the chemo. Like all such meds, the list of possible side effects is long and ugly. The shorter list of common side effects includes fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and infusion related reactions of rash, decreased appetite and swelling of the limbs.


Awaiting the first infusion, I am thankful for the daily lessening of chemo side effects. Presently, my constant issues are chemo brain, UTI type symptoms, and breakthrough cancer pain. Today, and comparatively speaking, I am feeling better. Who knows what tomorrow and immunotherapy will bring. We can only hope and pray for the best.


To all of you who prayed for me during chemo, thank you! Please pray that the immunotherapy also achieves its goal of stabilizing the remaining cancer and slowing its spread.



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Invité
22 mai 2021

God can heal you. I know this to be ENTIRELY TRUE! I was healed of stage 4 cancer that had spread to my liver. Yes, I did double chemo ... infusion for 5 hours on one day and Pump through Pic line for 5 days after chemotherapy.

Next step was Liver resection to cut out metastatic cancer. And it worked. The location of the cancer and response to chemo ... allowed the surgeon to cut a clean margin around the cancer!!!

From information provided by Drs later ... no one ever thought a clean margin was even possible!

I had a clean margin. However, my initial cancer was not cured. So, 27 sessions of radiation and more chemotherapy!

I was…


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Sue Onderdonk Morton
Sue Onderdonk Morton
11 mars 2021

Continued prayers for you Hank. We know first hand how brutal the fight you are in is. Rick will celebrate his 1 year anniversary of his battle with cancer on St.Patrick’s Day. We pray the same celebration is in your future.

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Debbie Leaverton
Debbie Leaverton
11 mars 2021

Hank, still praying for you and sounds like this is a next step at least! Pray that the side effects are kinder than the previous treatment. God bless you and know your guardian angel is with you!

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i_kmac
08 mars 2021

Dear Hank,

You are a huge testament to our Catholic faith! Keep that JOYFUL spirit alive. Know that prayers throughout the day will be offered. Tonight my Rosary will be offered in your name. If i am able to find your email, I will send you the link to join in on a zoom call that is sponsored by the Equestrian Order.

Best regards,

Kate MacGregor

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John Chis
John Chis
08 mars 2021

Brother Hank, Great Faith, Prayer and Love conquers all. You are a Living example. Continued daily prayers always coming your way. Your moving in the right direction. God Bless Brother John

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