“After initially being told the tumors in my liver couldn’t be removed, I received four rounds of HAI pump therapy which shrank my tumors so they could be removed surgically.”
In 2016, Mike had run a marathon and had a personal best time, beating his record from 15 years earlier. He was in his physical prime and lived an active, outdoor lifestyle but had ignored signs of not feeling right. He was more fatigued than normal and had seen blood in his stool that his doctor thought was irritable bowl syndrome. In February of 2017 Mike just wasn’t feeling like his normal energetic self. He was more fatigued than normal and his body felt like it was slowing down. He asked his doctor if he should get a colonoscopy and the procedure took three months to schedule. When he finally woke up from the routine procedure the gastrointestinal doctor diagnosed him with a rectal tumor and referred him to an oncologist. His oncologist diagnosed stage 4 colorectal cancer with liver metastases and told him his liver was not resectable.
“As an entrepreneur and son of a retired gastroenterologist, I was used to investigating new technologies and learning how medical treatments worked.” When his doctors told him the NIH guidelines for treating liver metastases from colorectal cancer were built around seventy-year-old males, he felt confident he could do better than the 5-year-survival rate of about 1 in 10 the doctors quoted. He called on six different oncologists at six different hospitals.