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July 20, 2017 When my father-in-law Francisco "Ato" Martin started to cough with blood phlegm, we got alarmed and so on the next day he and my mother-in-law Rosebellie Martin went to their family doctor with request for chest x-ray, sputum exam and blood chemistry.
First diagnosis is Pneumonia their Family Doctor gave him Antibiotic but he is not getting better so my wife's family decided to go for a second opinion so they want to confirm what is the cause of it.
Aug 2017 they went to a Pulmonologist and he suggested to do a further diagnosis and the doctor requested for Bronchoscopy and Biopsy.
This is were the devastating news confirmed that it was a Lung Cancer they found a large tumor in his right lung, when they got the results of the Bronchoscopy it was on Stage 3B but the Biopsy report was a "False Positive" even the results are confusing the Doctor still insisted to perform a right lower lobectomy to remove the tumor. My wife Princesbell Martin Mesina and her family became reluctant to put him under the knife and because of the confusion on the results. They went again for another third opinion in a different hospital and they performed a lung needle biopsy procedure to see what is the true category of his tumor, he also went to a whole abdominal CT Scan with contrast.
At this time the Oncologist and Pulmonologist found out it was a Non Small Cell Carcinoma Stage IV and didn't suggest to go with surgery but instead they advice for Chemo therapy, but due to previous bad experiences with the past medical doctors on Sept 2017 they’ve decided to go on for Alternative Medicine Dr. Farrah Bunch a Naturopathist and Herbalist, for 4 months he was on ketogenic diet, organic food diet and taking different herbal medicine and Boston C and he went to monthly Whole Abdominal CT Scan with contrast, Chest x ray and Blood chemistry due to this regimen he got so skinny but there is no improvement so due to the matters are getting worse.
So my wife who worked before on a Health Card company asked and consulted her previous kind hearted boss the Medical Director and referred them to his friend and a heaven sent a Oncologist and is currently Medical Training Manager/Consultant of a Cancer Research of a specific hospital here in the Philippines and he was a candidate for Chemo Therapy, We are thankful that huge portion of all this treatment and procedures are covered by the hospitals Cancer Research Program When my father-in-law started the chemo therapy which is 6 cycles Paclitaxel and Carboplatin and during chemo therapy he undergo blood transfusion due to Anemia, the size of his tumor is 8 x 10 cm and at the end of the cycle the size reduced to 5.4 x 4.8 cm with a little improvement that showing we got all our hopes up and the Oncology Doctor decided and told us that he will go for 1 month rest and after that he will do an extensive 24 sessions of Radiation Therapy but this time size reduced to 4.5 x 4.0 cm and it was a much little improvement plus the amount was only half covered by Phil Health a universal health card here in the Philippines.
My Father-in-law shows positivity despite all the things he has been through
After all those treatment he waited and rested for another 1 month for check up and then his Doctor told him to rest for another 2 months but as he rested he is showing signs and symptoms of blurred speech and minimal seizures.
At Jan 2019 me and wife went to the same Oncologist for an update but when we told him about the blurred speech and seizures he ask us to send my father-in-law as soon as possible in the Emergency Room and got admitted for a 1 month, and another bad news was told us that he has 4 masses of tumors also metastasized in some parts of his brain .
The photo above shows his first day of Whole Brain Radiation for 10 sessions, and after those sessions an EEG was done, he was sent home and at the moment his in palliative care.
His Oncologist informed us that prepare for a worst case scenario and yet we are still praying and hoping for the best, my father-in-law also still battling against his cancer for almost 2 years now.
Even the hardships and exhaustion we are still positive and have a strong faith whatever will be the circumstances
Now were counting on kind hearted people to help us continue and support my father-in-law in this excruciating battle.
Thank You in advance in anything that you can give and God Bless!
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