|In 6 weeks the changes in his leg have been devastating. We watch as new tumors pop up and existing tumors grow. His leg is very swollen and inflamed. It is so hot from the activity of tumor growth that he keeps ice packs on it.|
Since Eric was diagnosed with Melanoma in October, 2008 he has been in the fight of his life. He's has been through several surgeries including an emergency crainotomy and gamma knife radiation to the brain and has been on chemo non-stop since February, 2009 due to progression of the cancer. To this day, he is still on chemo because the other treatments have failed to stop his cancer from spreading. As Eric does experimental treatment after treatment his options get more limited because there aren't many treatments for Melanoma.
|Nov 2, 2010 it was discovered that the Melanoma had spread to his brain. Melanoma loves to travel to the brain, liver and lungs.|
Do we know for a fact that a tanning bed caused his cancer? No, but what we do know is that it increases your chance of developing skin cancer and that's enough for us.
|This is the entire leg on November 13, 2010. Some of the tumors are on the skin and you can see some of them are internal. The internal tumors put pressure on the nerves and muscle.|
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