Please remember to pray for Brad Slocum today. His surgery is scheduled for this afternoon. Here’s the latest update from his wife, Cheryl.
“Brad and I have been at MUSC Hospital in Charleston, SC since March 15, so we are in week three here. After much testing, they have discovered cancer in front of his left ear. They are thinking that it is merkel cell carcinoma, a very rare type of skin cancer that can form under the skin. The neurological symptoms that Brad has been experiencing may be from Brad’s antibodies attacking his cerebellum while trying to fight the cancer. This condition is called paraneoplastic syndrome. Since both of these conditions are so rare, I can honestly say that Brad is “one in a million!!”
Cancer surgery is scheduled for 1:10 p.m., Eastern time, on Wednesday, April 1. Surgery could take from 1-3 hours. We will know so much more after this surgery, but may wait several days for some information to come back. I will try to keep updates coming.
Thank you so much for your continued prayers on our behalf! God continues to show Himself strong! He is so good!
Ps. 138:8; 143:8
April 1, 2009 – 6:45 PM (Latest Updates) – I just spoke with Cheryl. Brad is in the post-op room after surgery, and the operation to remove the cancer went well. They plan to have Brad back in his hospital room tonight. The surgeon feels that they were able to remove all the cancer, however tests to determine the exact type of cancer will take approximately 4 to 5 days to complete. It has been a tough day for Brad and Cheryl, but they will take it one day at a time, trusting the Lord through this trial. Continue to pray for them in the days ahead. (Dan Abbott)
The report is that dad’s surgery went well today, and the surgeon called it “successful.” To the doctors’ knowledge at this time, they were able to remove all the cancer as well as numerous lymph nodes in the area. We won’t know much more about the cancer until the pathology reports come back in a few days – I will post the results when I get them. For now, we are very thankful that dad did fine throughout the surgery and for the good report from the doctors! (Bethany Slocum)
Additional Updates can be found at “Pray for Brad Slocum”.