Medical update

Hi. Sorry I haven’t posted for a while. But that’s about to change. Not only do I have things to share but we have new things coming, including the posting on YouTube of sermons and other videos from St Andrews.

This post, however, it’s for the purpose of giving the latest on my medical condition.

I had a cat scan at the beginning of May. The results were not what we hoped and prayed for. For the first time since my cancer reappeared in November, 2014, there was small but measurable growth in my tumors in the three month period since my last scan.

My oncologist, Zoe Goldberg, did not want to waste any time starting me on a new, stronger, chemo regimen. Only problem was I had a two week vacation trip planned (what’s that about us planning and God laughing?). I had train tickets to go see my mom in Florida for Moms Day weekend. Then I was planning to attend a Preaching Festival in San Antonio, followed by a weekend in New Orleans. All by train. After some thought I cancelled Texas and NOLA, but not Mom.

Started new treatment on the 16th. Side effects: less nausea, but it causes peeling and an acne like condition on the skin. True enough, by the end of the week I was seeing it and feeling it. It also makes my face, scalp, and chest very sensitive. Standing in the shower feels like little needles stabbing me.

Today I had my second treatment. My oncologist has prescribed oral and topical antibiotics, plus sent me to a dermatologist who has had some success treating this side effect. The good news, the worse the effects on the skin, the better the chemo seems to work. If you’re interested, the new drug is panitumumab. Given along with irinotecan and flurouracil.

So I will have another scan in a month or so and our hope is that it will arrest the growth for a little while longer.

So that’s where I am right now. Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support. It helps.




  1. Barbara Perry

    Thu 01st Jun 2017 at 4:28 pm

    So sorry to hear of your latest issues. Think of you often here in Florida and how kind you were to Chris (Padesky) and myself when he died. I don’t know if you heard that his older brother Stephen also died from Pancreatic Cancer in January.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you are strong and are in good hands.
    Sincerely, Barbara Perry

    • Pastor Fred

      Thu 01st Jun 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you Barbara. Good to hear from you. Life goes on. You know that as well as I do.
      Be well.

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