Thursday, June 23, 2011


I, my sister Nina, and brother Joe went to the doctor with our youngest sibling, Tommy, yesterday. His doctor is an Oncologist with Birmingham Hematology and Oncology Associates. L.L.C. at the Shelby Cancer Care Center next door to the hospital in Alabaster. We all liked her very much. She is kind, seems very caring, but straight-forward and tells it like it is.

He has primary liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).  The doctor says it is in Stage 3, at least. Tumors are all in the liver, both lobes. The don't know yet if it has gotten outside the liver, which would be a Stage 4, the hightest Stage number

He is to be treated with a new chemo durg, Nexavar (Sorafenib), in hopes it will shrink at least some of the tumors/lesions. She says it will be slow acting, gave him info on the cancer and the treatment and some other things to be working on while she gets the med approved for him.

I looked both up on the internet. Sounds really, really, serious, but she seems to think there is some hope that he will get some better. Said it's a team effort, she will do her part (as long as he stops drinking his beer), he'll have to do his part, then we'll just have to trust God to do His part. She seemed glad to see so many of his siblings with him. Said he is going to have to have a lot of support.

I talked to him late this evening, and he sounds good. He's been working on getting his disability set up like she told him to, and was gathering up his beer cans, the empty ones and the full ones, to get rid of them.

Please say a prayer for him. Thank you.

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