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  • Brian Macleod, Bellingham, WA, Colorectal Cancer Survivor

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    “Because of new treatments and advanced imaging, “stage IV isn’t as scary as it used to be.”

    Brian Macleod has been living with stage IV colorectal cancer since 2003, but even though cancer is such a big part of his life, he doesn’t let it take the spotlight. As a single dad in a rural town of what he calls “the end of Washington State,” the first thing he’ll tell you is how proud he is of his four kids.

    After all, it’s his kids that keep him adventurous, whether it’s panning for gold in British Columbia, taking laps at Texas Motor Speedway, or climbing the steps of the U.S. Capitol. In fact, Brian got involved with advocacy because of his son Clinton’s enthusiasm for the cause. Today, Brian, Clinton and the rest of the family are big advocates for the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition, along with the Colon Cancer Alliance and YES! Beat Liver Tumors.

    Four years ago, routine blood work gave Brian’s doctor cause for concern. Soon after, a CT scan revealed that he had a tumor growing in his liver. After many bouts of chemo, radiation and surgery, all with his kids by his side, Brian relies on medical imaging to keep track of his cancer.

    Last year he and Clinton traveled to Washington, D.C. and spoke with members of Congress why all patients need access to the Right Scan at the Right Time. “I found it very inspiring that we can go and have our voices heard — just average people able to talk to their representatives — it looks like it’s making a difference,” says Brian.

    Every three to six months, a CT scan tells Brian and his family what his next three to six months will look like. Earlier this year, a new liver tumor was detected in its early stages. Because it was found early, Brian has precious time to decide the best treatment option.

    But no matter what, he knows that “being diagnosed with cancer isn’t a death sentence.” Instead, he says, because of new treatments and advanced imaging, “stage IV isn’t as scary as it used to be.”

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