CT Scan Update 7/31/13

You know what the worst part of writing these darn blog updates is? The first sentence! For those of you who know me well, you know that I never address anyone formally. Its usually more like a “cat call” or some smartass comment! I will attempt to provide another update for everyone below : )

After our last set of scans at the end of May, we as a family, were pretty frustrated with Winship Cancer Institute (Emory) so we decided to switch treatment providers. I am currently undergoing treatment at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan, GA. I can honestly say that CTCA is INCREDIBLE. Their staff is amazing, they have an organic cafeteria (food is phenomenal), and they offer a plethora of services that the average treatment centers do not. CTCA specializes in advanced cases and they focus on healing the patient by way of mind, body, and spirit. As a part of their services, they offer naturopathic medicinal treatments. For each patient, the doctor will evaluate the case and will recommend a variety of herbal remedies (among other things)  that can assist the body in repairing itself from the inside out; a holistic approach if you will. I could not be happier about this because I personally have been taking my diet and supplements very seriously over the last 15 months. A lot of the alternative treatments combined with traditional chemotherapy have proven to be very effective.

Now for the meat and potatoes, the CT scan results from yesterday showed only very little thickening of the primary tumor in my stomach. This is GREAT news considering that I have had some pain in my left side for about 3 weeks now. I try to be as tough as possible mentally, but It is extremely challenging to NOT let your mind go to the wrong places and have negative thoughts after you have been diagnosed with cancer. The scan results showed NO metastasis in my bones, lungs, or other organs.

So what are my next steps? My oncologist at CTCA has recommended that we try another chemo named Irinotecan combined with Fluorouracil (bring the fanny pack back) for the next few cycles (8 Weeks) and then I will get reassessed. In the meantime, I am still speaking with the specialists at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for treatment options. As of now, I will be travelling up there again the week of 8/12 to meet with a surgical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and medical oncologist. Will definitely keep everyone posted on the outcome of the meetings.

On a much lighter note, we have Parker’s bachelor party and wedding coming up, football season right around the corner, a few birthdays…AND last but not least, Baby Boy Blanchard coming on 11/21!

I am looking forward to the sunny days ahead.

With Love,



9 thoughts on “CT Scan Update 7/31/13

  1. HB and family,
    I continue to keep up with your blog and notes. I share in your sentiments whenever you have news and my hopes are high! I know that with your determination and spirit you will continue to prevail. I am so glad to hear such positive feelings from your experience with CTCA. I wondered about it when Barry (my stepdad) was going through Lung Cancer at Cancer Center of Atlanta (or something like that). I live pretty holistically (with the exception of my car not being a hybrid…) and am so glad to know that your soul along with your body is being fed amazing (organic) foods!
    My offer still stands of teaching/practicing yoga and even if you want some breathing exercises/meditation techniques. That offer goes for your wife and family as well 🙂
    So glad to hear you’re keeping strong.
    All the best!

  2. Hayden, you are spectacular! I am a friend of you mother and we have never met, but my husband & I pray for you everyday. I am amazed by you. Your attitude is great. May you grow stronger and healthier everyday. God bless.

  3. I am glad that CTCA is going so well. May the Lord continue to grant you a fighting spirit and unshakeable confidence. As you noted, there are a bunch of incredible moments on the horizon.

  4. Keep fighting Hayden !!!!! So glad you are please with your care at Cancer Treatment center. Sounds like a good and caring place. We are praying for you! Fondly, Kathy Smith

    Kathy Smith “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things….”

    Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:11:37 +0000 To: twohounds55@hotmail.com

  5. Hayden, frankly I am so happy that you have changed your place of cancer treatment.
    My intuition for your recovery has risen way up and it was pretty positive before! Love to you and family Priscilla Glenn

  6. god is with you two always…you are doing all the right things! happiness still surrounds you all….can’t wait for that little Blanchard boy! he will certainly be a knock-out! you and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers! God Bless from the Shaw families!

  7. hayden – i’m just letting you know you’re in my prayers every day! i hope your visit to baltimore went well. thinking of you!! -marisa

  8. Hayden – Hang in there – your positive attitude is good for all of us. I have often told our group how important that is. Happy to hear you have a little one on the way – I plan to be at the October meeting in Atlanta at La Madeliene – emailed Eric Greene but haven’t heard back from him yet to be certain of the date. Our group will meet here in JAX the third Friday of October. Our last program was on alternative meds. Would like to know more about what you are doing.
    Mary Helen Duggar
    Esophageal Cancer Support, Inc.

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