Update from Mark.
After participating in Masterplan Clinical Trial including chemotherapy, targeted radiation therapy Mark commenced Whipple surgery to remove the primary tumour in his Pancreas. However exploratory incision detected two small lumps in the liver which missed detection with pre-surgery scans so the surgery was aborted.
Mark’s treatment changed from curative to terminal so he relocated to Tweed Heads as originally planned and now activating palliative chemotherapy once a week with pain management from prescribed medication with a view to exploring a Cannabis oil trial.
Mark appreciates all the support to this point although collective investment in medical care plan didn’t result in a cure. The effort and support has been tremendous.
Mark had been working from home on reduced hours Jobkeeper within the field of aviation and in July 2020 developed back pain and abdominal cramps.
His GP placed him on a Physio treatment plan and Mark had planned relocation from Sydney to Tweed Heads where his family live anticipating further decline with his employer in the aviation sector due to Covid.
Just before the removalist arrived on 9th September Mark saw his GP one last time and advised the Physio wasn’t working that well and mentioned some other symptoms whereby GP requested an urgent CT scan. This identified a mass in the pancreas which further confirmed as pancreatic cancer.
After several medical appointments and assessments, it was recommended Mark enter chemotherapy and a radiology specific clinical trial based in Lifehouse in Camperdown which would run from September 2020 to March 2021 including surgery to remove the tumour in early January.
As Mark had essentially moved his apartment contents to Tweed Heads and only his car contents here in Sydney he had been staying with friends until now since he was displaced in living arrangements.
He has since secured discounted self-contained apartment accommodation for cancer patients along with parking nearby for his car. This has been mostly covered with some supportive funds from charity.
Ongoing financial support Mark is seeking for living expenses during the remainder of treatment/post-surgery pending his existing employment accrued sick leave running out.