Topic: Hey I'm back in the Good News category

Hi all,

As you may recall, a PET/CT in early June showed sudden, rapid,  and expansive metasasis of my cancer. Since then, I've received four rounds of FOLFOX and 10 days of radiation on my spine and sternum. It's too early to judge the effectiveness of the radiation, but a new CT showed bone lesions as stable, shrinkage of the three lesions in the liver and two in the peritoneum, and shrinkage of the multiple enlarged lymph nodes. I also have significantly decreased bone pain, and less abdominal swelling. Every part of the report  represented improvement. So we will continue with this treatment as long as it continues to have palliative effect.

My wife and stepsons, who bore the emotional burden of seeing my health decline so quickly just a few months ago, are very relieved to see me feeling better, and for that I am most grateful to the physicians who are fighting for me.

Thank you all for your continued thoughts and good wishes.

Mark

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YIPPEE, Mark. I love stories like this as they give me a good nights sleep! I am so very happy for all of you and you do deserve this kind of news. It just pays to have such a good team in your corner. Keep up the good work Mr. Super Hero!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Love hearing good news!! Yay to you, your family and your medical team!

KrisJ
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Mark,
I am so happy for you, this is great news!
Hugs
Lisa

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This is great news Mark, very good news indeed!! My fingers are crossed that this good news continues for you as you continue on with this treatment. It sounds you like have a great team around you fighting this with you. Go Mark!

Best wishes,

Gavin

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Mark,
That is so encouraging to hear that the Folfox and radiation have helped dramatically. Thanks for the update!
Willow

Willow

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Mark, So excited to see you in the good news column!! Keep posting and inspiring!!
Lots  prayers-Cathy

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Mark,

This is such positive and encouraging news, I hope you continue to feel better!  You are in my thoughts.

Best,
Julie

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Mark…..radiation has shown to be quite effective with bone metastases and you are a great example for just that.  Add to it the subsequent shrinkage and/or stable response to the chemo all makes for a wonderful posting to read.  I am overjoyed, dear Mark.  You are in great hands with your medical team and I wish for continued success coming your way.  No reason to believe otherwise.
Hugs
Marion

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So glad to hear the positive results to your treatment.  Keep up the good work!
Best to you....Kathy

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Hi, Mark,

Indeed, it is good news and I hope you will enjoy more of them in the future.
Take care, Mark.
God bless.

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So very happy to read your post Mark!!  Congrats on the great response to treatment and here is to many more MParsons posts in the good news section!!

-Randi-

Survivor of cholangiocarcinoma (2009), thyroid cancer (1999), and breast cancer (1994).

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Mark,
We are so happy to read about your great news! It is very encouraging for us to hear that the "one-two punch" of FOLFOX & radiation has been effective. Dr. Lenz sure knows his stuff.

Hope to here more good news in the future.

Jeff and I were so happy to meet you both when Dr. Lenz introduced us! I hope we were not intrusive.

God Bless You & Your Family,
Bob & Nancy
Jeff'smom&dad

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Thank you all very much for your encouragement. I truly appreciate it. And Bob, we were so glad that Dr. Lenz took the time to bring you and Jeff over to meet us. It made our day!

Mark

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Mark,
Glad to see the good news. You are one of the few people on this site now that has bone mets and liver tumors. That is where mine are. I just finished radiation of my sacrum ( I have a fracture there) and have had radiation on the sternum, T4-T7 on my spine and my left humerus twice. The next chemo I'm trying is the FOLFOX and I'm glad it's working for you. I hope I am that blessed too.
Great news for you...keep it going!

Cathy