Ernie Evans cancer update

Florida bluegrass impressario Ernie Evans has shared this health update, his second since receiving a cancer diagnosis in mid-November. It appears that his cancer is treatable, and he is optimistic going forward.

Ernie Evans - photo by Ted Lehmann“We just got back from the Oncologist after hearing the results of my MRI. First, I wish I could call everyone direct at the same time but Facebook seems to be the only way to accomplish anything close. Next, thank you all for your love and compassion. It has helped me and family in so many ways, and I will always be grateful.

Before I write my thoughts down, I continually think of the friends I have lost and others that are still dealing with late stage cancer. My heart is broken thinking about that journey they and their loved ones have gone through, and/or are going through. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

The Oncologist informed me that I have Grade 3 cancer which is aggressive so they want it treated ASAP. The MRI revealed that the cancer was contained and can be treated locally. Because I am still healing from surgery, they have scheduled my first treatment for December 30th. The good news is, it will be a treatment called BCG, not chemo or radiation for now. If this 6 week treatment works, it’s possible that I can be cancer free in the not too distant future.

This was as good of news as I could have hoped for besides a miracle showing no cancer at all. I have a long road ahead of me but I am committed and have the best friends and family on the planet, that is a lot of positive reinforcement. I look forward to seeing and being with you all – for a long time.”

The BCG therapy Ernie mentions involves injecting modified bovine tuberculosis bacteria into the bladder, as it has been shown to enhance the immune response against tumors. Let’s hope it offers Ernie the healing he needs.

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