Thursday, August 6, 2009

Update (Email) #3 - 08.05.09

It kind of feels like every time I think we are going to zig, we zag. Right now we have changed plans a little bit. The original plan was to take part in the study with the doctor I have been seeing since my original surgery in '05. He is an excellent surgical oncologist, however it's not surgery that I need right now. It has been strongly recommended to me to see a medical oncologist that specializes in the treatment of melanoma. Since there are no melanoma specialists in Utah, I am trying to get in to see Dr. Patrick Hwu at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. I will get a consult there and try and determine what the best possible treatment for my situation will be. This will delay treatment temporarily, but in the long run we feel it's worthwhile to make sure we start in the right direction.

Right now I'm going through the process of getting an appointment there to see Dr. Hwu. It may take a couple of weeks to get in, so we're in holding pattern a bit longer before we know what we're doing and what the treatment will be.

I want to continue to thank everybody for the support that we've received and we know that with a lot of help we'll make it through this.

6 comments:

laura said...

thanks for setting this up Ben. you are constantly on our minds and in our prayers. we love you!!

Karen said...

A million thanks for setting up your blog so we can keep posted. We will continue to pray for you and especially now that you can get into see Dr. Hwu ASAP. Love you, Karen

Anne said...

Yes, Ben, thanks for setting this up. We'll be anxiously awaiting the good news you will post about beating this.

Adam said...

Ben, thanks for posting this and keeping us up-to-date. Best wishes and prayers go with you and your family in this battle.

holly said...

We love you, Ben. If there's anyone that can beat this, it's you.

Sarah Schmidt said...

Go team! We love you!