In the past ten days my father has been diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive cancer, known as cutaneous angiosarcoma. It presented in the skin on his face. He had four surgeries in as many days last week, but the doctors have been unable to get all of the cancer out, as it continues to spread like wildfire. At this point, he has had his nose removed down through his upper lip. Additionally, another cancerous place has appeared on his jawline.
If all goes according to plan, he will see a specialist at MD Anderson in Houston next week to discuss next steps for treatment options. Treatment will likely include both chemo and radiation. He will also need reconstructive surgery on his face and possibly speech therapy. It is unclear when they will reconstruct his face.
Dad has a wonderfully positive attitude despite the pain and uncertainty of the situation. He took his first shower in nine days today and even went to Rotary this morning.
My family set up a Caring Bridge website to more easily disseminate information, but in the meantime I wanted to share this news and ask for you to keep my family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I will be taking a break from blogging to focus my thoughts and energy on my family.