Diagnosis & Treatment

Non Small Cell Lung Cancer
Medical Center
Morristown Hospital - NJ, and Summit Medical Group - Florham Park , NJ
Dr. Patel - Morristown , NJ
Dr. Gurubhagavatula - Florham Park, NJ
Clinical Trials
Medical Treatment
Gamma knife
Details of Treatment
Chemo: 2.5 years. Immunotherapy - every 4 weeks, on maintenance currently. 1 surgery to insert rod in femur & scrape tumor out. 1 session targeted radiation to brain. 10 sessions of radiation to femur (leg).
Medication During Treatment
Carboplatin, Alimta, Keytruda
Alternative Therapies During Treatment
Sound healing / frequency
Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet. I am kinder, friendlier, more patient & understanding. I appreciate everything in life: people, family, friends, art, music & poetry. I mentor other cancer patients.
B12 injection every 6 weeks, Magnesium, D3, Folic Acid, Calcium
WHAt helped me during treatment
Favorite Quote
Don’t count the days, make the days count. Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet.
Advice for Others
They have made many breakthroughs in cancer treatment. This is not a death sentence. You are strong & God is by your side.

My Story

Looking back to that day in November 2019, I should have listened to my body. Aches & pains sometimes are telling you something is wrong. Walking around with a slight limp for a few months was not arthritis - it was a walnut-sized tumor growing on my femur. A few months later, my beautiful wife hears me coughing and wheezing and says "go to the doctor." I was thinking it was my mild asthma. A simple X-ray showed 2 golf ball-sized tumors in my lower left lung. An MRI of my skull showed a pea size lesion on my cerebellum.

I wasn’t a candidate for lung surgery as the tumors were in a bad spot (is any spot good?). A four hour surgery was done on New Year's Eve 2019 to scrape out the tumor and insert a 15” metal rod in my femur so it wouldn’t break. Next was ten sessions of radiation to my leg followed by 1 treatment of high dose targeted therapy (radiation) to my brain. On my 30th wedding anniversary (1-20-2020) I started my first treatment of chemo & immunotherapy. Two and a half years later my scans showed NO measurable tumors anywhere! Ok, the doctor wouldn't say “ remission or “ NED” , I get it. Cancer is a sneaky SOB but I’ll take it any day.

I am currently on KEYTRUDA (thank you MERCK!) every 4 weeks for life, as maintenance, so I won’t be "ringing the bell “ anytime soon. I spend my days being a volunteer for LUNGevity & Cancer Hope Network as a mentor to cancer patients. It’s part of my healing. I currently have 25 people throughout the US that I stay in touch with. I’m a retired sales rep and enjoying playing my guitar and harmonicas, tending my vegetable garden (weather permitting), going to concerts, listening to music and seeing my three adult children once a week.

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