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

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Back into the Swing!

Mark is back up to full speed and keeping quite busy, which he much prefers! 

On Monday, the 24th of October, we met with Dr. Urba.  Of course, he was pleased to see Mark looking and feeling so good!  For now, he would like Mark to stay off the drugs and see what happens.  He will have another PET scan after Christmas. If tumors are present we will then discuss the next steps.  Dr. Urba is concerned that the meds he has used for the last 4 ½ years may not continue to work as this last tumor grew while on the drugs.  It may be time to move to the immunotherapy drugs of which there are several options.  The good news with these drugs is that they have the possibility of cure, which the targeted drugs were never meant to do.  The downside is that Mark may not have the quality of life that he has enjoyed. Who knows, though, he may handle them just fine. Either way, that’s a decision for the future. For the time being, Mark is healthy and we are simply enjoying every day that we have together!!!  

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