A follow-up scan in 2018 revealed lung cancer that had metastasized to his spine and esophagus.”
“I had to have a needle biopsy within 1/16th inch of my spine. Talk about precision,” Hollander says, adding that he also underwent a procedure to get an esophageal sample.
“There are [tumor] markers, and each situation calls for its own treatment plan,” Hollander says. “I got on a program with Tagrisso. At my last PET scan, the two major tumors were 70 percent smaller and there were no new ones.
“I had side effects [from the drug] for the first couple of months,” he concedes, “but things settled down and I am leading a perfectly happy lifestyle since. As Dr. Tsai has explained to me, it doesn’t mean the tumors won’t come back, but this pill can keep me alive. People have been living [taking the drug] for five or six years. If I can have that kind of result, there are cures coming down the pike. That’s what I am hoping for.”
Though Palm Springs lies a hundred miles from the ocean where Hollander loved surfing the waves, he declares he will travel but not relocate.
“I could live anywhere I want. But Eisenhower doctors and staff keep me alive, and I am pretty stoked.”