Update From Bruce Miles

Dear family, friends and ministry partners,
I know it has been a few weeks since I last shared any news about my cancer treatment, but there has been little to report until this week.  I will try to summarize the latest events as briefly as I can.
My radiation treatment did not begin as soon as I had anticipated, but I did receive my fifth and final radiation on Wednesday of this week.  I had a meeting with my Radiation Oncologist afterward and he told me that it is difficult to get any clear reading on how the radiation affected the tumor until about 4-6 months have elapsed.  This is because the radiation causes substantial inflammation in the immediate area, thus making it appear that the tumor has grown.  In addition to that, he explained that the radiation will continue to do its work for a number of months after treatment is concluded.  Thus, he has scheduled a follow-up C.T. Scan for mid-December, at which time we will get a much clearer picture of the success of these treatments.
Then, yesterday I met with my General Oncologist to discuss the next steps for treatment.  He started the discussion by stating that he had taken my case before the medical team at M.D. Anderson, to get their input on treatment options.  The consensus is that they would like to give me a break from treatment for the next month, then in September they would like to try a second line of chemotherapy called Fluorouracil, also known as 5-FU or Adrucil.  It will be administered every other week, indefinitely, or for as long as I can tolerate the side-effects (diarrhea, nausea, mouth sores, neuropathy and low blood counts).  My doctor wants to keep the pressure on this cancer because he believes that it has been progressing (at least up to the point that radiation was initiated).
Donna and I have decided to keep fighting this battle, by whatever medical treatments are available, as long as I have reasonable quality of life.  Right now, I feel relatively normal, other than moderate numbness in my feet.  In the meantime, we recognize that God has the ability to heal me of this cancer – treatment or no treatment – anytime He desires.  Our eyes are on Him and not so much on the long-term prognosis of pancreatic cancer.  In my quiet time this morning I read Isaiah 26:3, which was such an encouragement to me: “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”  We are so grateful for the perfect peace that God gives us in the midst of our human adversity.
We say it so often, but it is undeniable that your prayers are effectual and are a source of great comfort and encouragement to us.  Thank you for not letting up.  We depend upon them each day.  God bless you.
Bruce (and Donna)

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Bruce & Donna Miles
LaGrange, Wyoming

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