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Appendix Cancer Benefit for Chris Sekol
November 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm$10.00
Chris has been diagnosed with stage IV appendix cancer, which is a very rare cancer. He had a run of the mill appendectomy in August, and the lab results from that showed cancer. This was followed by another surgery in September to remove part of his colon and check for other tumors. The results from that showed it spread to a lymph node and there was one mass near the appendix location. The standard of care for this is an invasive procedure called HIPEC, which is essentially a bath of hot chemo poured into his belly to marinate, which they will do at the same time they reopen him to remove scar tissue and any other tumors. It is not a common procedure, especially not locally, but it truly is the best way to treat cancers in the abdomen and colon and his surgeon is one of the few appendix cancer experts in the country, so he’s in good hands.
Surgery is in early December in Baltimore, and both Chris and Jen will be there for an estimated 13-16 days (8-10 in hospital, 5-6 recovering somewhere nearby) if no complications. Before surgery he is having a few rounds of regular systemic chemo.
This all stinks, for sure – with a long recovery, and some risks involved, but the treatment could really cure him. That’s all that matters! We are very optimistic.
We decided do this fundraiser to help with the high out-of-pocket expenses like chemo copays, deductibles, and things insurance might not cover, as well as travel costs, since treatment is out of state.