Late February of 2012 Mark was diagnosed with stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma Cancer. This is written for our family and friends who have so caringly expressed a desire to know of the current situation. We so appreciate the love and support that has been shown to us and we lovingly empathize with and pray for many of you that have had or are currently going through trials of your own. In love, hope and faith, Mark and Ane

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Bigger is not always better...

Our last appointment with Dr. Urba was Monday, June 15th.  He showed us the scans of the past PET (done on April 22nd) and indicated that the size of the tumor in the adrenal gland was about 2 inches which was bigger than what we had thought.  Since it is in the same place, we assume there were still cancerous cells alive in that area when I went off of the meds in December, only four months earlier.  This time I will stay on the combination drugs, Tafinlar & Mekinist for a year.  At that time we will determine whether to stay on them consistently or opt to pulse the drugs on and off every 3 weeks.  That will all change if there is any indication that the tumor is not shrinking or is continuing to grow. I’ll continue to have regular check-ups every couple of months.   Thank you for your warm thoughts and heartfelt prayers.