Yesterday we had an appointment with Dr. Urba. He has become a good friend and we thoroughly enjoy our visits with him! He probably enjoys seeing us, if for no other reason than Mark is doing great. It must be tough for an oncologist when a patient takes a turn for the worse.
As for Mark, he has been on Tafinlar and Mekinists for almost seven months and is just now having some minor side effects - fatigue and leg cramps. Because they are so minor Dr. Urba has no desire to pulse the drugs - leave well enough alone! There are no signs of tumors. The echocardiogram done of his heart last week showed no tumors and the medication hasn't done any damage. He also saw an opthomologist and there has been no damage to his eyes from the drugs. All is well!
We will see Dr. Urba in three months. These are the kind of visits we like to have!!!
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