November 5, 2019
An update from Beth Quinn:
Update from the front:
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the "front" is a place where opposing armies face each other in war and where fighting happens.
I've been in a physical war with stage 4 lung cancer for 23 months now. Cancer is a wicked foe. Right now, my chemotherapy (Kadcyla), is working to keep all the tumors at bay. Every 10 weeks I undergo total body scans. These revealed, last week, that there is currently no "active" cancer and that I am experiencing "partial remission." There is no total remission with stage 4 lung cancer, but the powerful drugs that they infuse into my system every 21 days are doing their job of battling this disease. My medical team at UCLA are amazing and have played a major part in extending my life.
I'm also in a spiritual war, as are you, if you are a lover of Christ Jesus. We fight against our own sin, the influence of this world, and even demonic forces! And what weapons do we use? The Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, explains these weapons so clearly.
"Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication."
Whatever your circumstance, fellow-pilgrim, take up your armor! Stand firm in the strength of His glorious might. And may we continue to pray for each other. One day the war will be over. And He shall reign forever and ever!
September 3, 2019
An update from Beth Quinn:
We met with our interventional radiologist yesterday, who commented that mine is a most "interesting" case due to the fact that my stage 4 cancer was so widespread and aggressive when I was diagnosed in December of 2017, and according to the scan done last week, there is no detectable cancer below my neck!
I do have a brain MRI next week to follow-up on one brain lesion that was detected several months ago, but, we will take this wonderful news and rejoice today, not worrying about next week! So, once again, the many prayers of saints near and far are being heard by our heavenly Father, and answered in this astounding way!
I thank my Lord Jesus for His continued grace and mercy. I thank my dear friends who seem to "pray without ceasing" for me and our family!
I continue with the chemotherapy regimen, which has been difficult in many ways, yet so effective. I continue to grow in my love for my Lord, His Word, and prayer. Only a trial this intense could have wrought these glorious changes in my daily affections and longing for heaven.
To God be the glory forever and ever!
July 3, 2019
An update from Beth Quinn:
Many of you dear friends have been praying with us as we have waited for the results of my most recent scan. We just got a call from the doctor. He believes the large tumor that was in my liver is totally gone. He also said it appears the brachytherapy I had done on my lung in May has destroyed the large tumor in my lung. My Heavenly Father has chosen, for now, to continue to use amazing medical technology to prolong my days on this side of eternity. Although the chemotherapy which I receive every 21 days and its effects are not fun, I'm thankful for it. To God be the glory! There is no cure for stage 4 lung cancer, but we continue to fight. I love you each!
May 4, 2019
Beth is now recovering from liver ablation to remove that cancerous lesion which was totally resistant to the chemo. The doctor said he believes the procedure was successful. The lesion was large (5 cm), which means that it had grown three times its size since it was first detected three months ago. He believes it was mostly removed and perhaps the parts that are left could be dealt with through the current chemotherapy treatment. He didn’t want to do more ablating so that she can recover in time for May 10th’s Brachytherapy on the lung, which this doctor and other doctors will perform. If the cancer cells in the liver that were not burned continue to grow, and continue to be resistant to the chemo as they were before, he said they would seek insurance approval for another ablation down the road. All in all however, unless there are unforeseen complications from this surgical procedure between now and next week, we will thus await the next step (Brachytherapy of the left lobe of the lungs) in this long journey through her fight against this insidious disease. But God is good and does good (Psalm 119:68b)!
April 11, 2019
An update from Beth Quinn:
For those of you kind friends who have been praying that our insurance company would change their mind about covering some treatments which my medical doctors want to pursue, we have encouraging news! Anthem has notified us that they have reversed their denials! This means I will begin a new drug next Friday called Kadcyla. I will undergo a liver ablation at UCLA on May 2nd. A lung procedure called brachytherapy may also happen depending on how I respond to the new medicine. We are watching the good providence of our Heavenly Father unfold as so many go before the throne of grace. He is good no matter what happens! I’m finding so much comfort in the truths of the first question and answer of the Heidelberg catechism:
What is your only comfort in life and death?
That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil.
He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my Heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation.
Therefore, by His Holy Spirit He also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for Him.
March 2, 2019
Here’s the latest that can be interceded for Beth:
1. Beth has another brain MRI scheduled for March 21st. The last scan showed two more tumors have re-emerged in the brain. This next MRI will monitor the scope and size of these two tumors and also determine whether any others have come since the last scan. If the doctor believes Beth will need another Gamma Knife surgery, he will apply for insurance coverage and thus your appreciated prayers for its hoped for approval.
2. The insurance has twice denied the liver ablation procedure. Our oncologist is setting up yet another appointment on March 11th with an interventional radiologist so that they could partner together to seek an appeal once again to the insurance company to pay for the procedure. We hope that within the next two-three weeks or so, we’ll know further about this situation.
3. Beth, with her next infusion in two weeks, will begin with another powerful chemotherapy drug which shall be added to the two other current cancer drugs she’s taking. It is hoped that with all three of these different drugs combined, they will fight against the formidable cancer spread which is in her body.
Thank you for your prayer support,
November 6, 2018
For all of you who were previously unaware of my wife Beth’s bout with lung cancer, we received, on Friday, some very encouraging news regarding her scan results. The treatment regimen she’s currently on is proving quite effective in keeping the cancer at bay. While we received an initial and very dire diagnosis back in December of 2017 (we were told she has stage 4 incurable cancer of the lung [of the non-small cell, non-smoker kind]), we have sought to trust the Lord in these hard things. Over the early months of her diagnosis, the cancer spread to several other places, including her brain, but over the last 8 months of chemotherapy, Friday’s news showed definite decreases in the cancer’s overall spread! As of now, other than the left lobe of the lung, there is no detectable cancer elsewhere! While we are certainly trusting in a sovereign God to give us His unfolding providential will, the treatment is being used to extend her life! This is giving us as her family and dear sweet friends more time with her, and for this we are most grateful!! Thank you for praying for her as she continues to persevere in faith.
May our gracious God be praised!
August 16, 2018
To all our precious praying friends: below is the text I sent to our family group text today! We can’t begin to thank you all for your love, concern and prayers. God is giving us more time and we are so grateful!
Hi Everyone! We just left the doctor’s office. He was very happy as he showed us the CT scan results! The largest tumor in my lung is unchanged, so no new growth. The adrenal gland tumor is smaller. And the best news is that all the tumors in my liver are now undetectable! So, the chemo is doing its job for now!!! I began crying and thanking the Lord for His mercy as soon as we stepped out of his office. I love you all and thank you for always praying. God is being gracious to me.
June 14, 2018
Here’s the latest from today:
Beth and I are praising our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, for a good report of Beth’s brain MRI today. There are no detectable cancer tumors at this time. Now it's on to a new chemo med beginning a week from tomorrow! Thank you all so much for your prayers and concern.
June 12, 2018
Beth and I wanted to let all you know that we met with the oncologist (cancer doctor) yesterday for the results of her latest CT scan. The scan revealed another reduction in the main lung tumor. It was considered a slight reduction, but a reduction nonetheless! All else was stable as far as no current cancer growth anywhere else was concerned, nor were any new lesions detected in any other places. So overall, a pretty good report. Beth will keep receiving chemo infusions every three weeks. The oncologist is dropping one of the two chemo drugs she’s been on for 18 weeks now, and is adding a drug called Avastin in order to prevent the cancer cells from developing their own blood vessels, which is critical for them and their diabolical spreading!
Beth also has a another brain MRI scheduled for this Thursday with the Gamma Knife specialist, who has already treated her twice, already eradicating 13 brain tumors. Please pray that this MRI will reveal no new cancer cells in the brain. We are so grateful to all of you for praying for her and our family. These summer months—and into the Fall—will be very important days for her overall health and continued treatments.
We love you all,
April 27, 2018
My wife, Beth, received her 4 week CT scan results today from our oncologist and it revealed wonderful news: the cancerous tumor in her lung has been greatly reduced in size! From her 2nd chemo treatment and earlier scan results to the now 4th infusion (last Friday), there has been a 56% reduction in the size of the lung mass. Therefore, the two-pronged chemo drugs are effectively doing their work, including also sizably reducing the cancer size and spread in each of the other parts of her body where other tumors have been seen. If indeed it continues to be this effective, Beth will thus have two more chemo infusions and then the oncologist will change the chemo med in order to anticipate and deal with Beth’s particular cancer cell mutation. For today’s news though—and the earlier news of her 13 brain tumors being effectively treated with two previous Gamma knife radiation surgeries—we are praising God for His kindness in further extending Beth’s life here on earth! May He be glorified by all who know of our current struggle and who have been interceding on Beth’s and my behalf. God is good and He does good (Psalm 119:68a)!
April 11, 2018
Hi sweet family! I had a MRI this morning and then an appointment with the brain surgeon. He read the scan and said all the previous tumors that were radiated are completely gone! He also said there are NO new tumors in my brain! I am crying tears of joy and thankfulness! The doctor said as we were finishing: “You must have a lot of prayers going up for you because your scan looks fantastic!” Praise God!
March 20, 2018
Update for our precious praying friends:
First of all, please know how grateful I am for the outpouring of love and sincere prayers for me and our whole family since the diagnosis of stage IV metastatic lung cancer I received on December 2nd.
After many setbacks, we finally received some good news today! After over 4 weeks on a certain chemotherapy regimen, I had a scan last Friday. We met with the oncologist today and learned that the chemo appears to be working! There were words in the radiologists' report like, "improved, stable, and dramatically decreased in size!" As you can imagine, we are thankful and praising God for this encouraging news. The plan, for now, is that I will continue with this chemo for the next 3.5 months and then have another scan.
We are beyond grateful for your continued prayers. As the doctor reminded us today, this disease has no "cure" (apart from God's miraculous healing hand, which is still our prayer!), but there are things we can do to prolong life. And so, our family treasures each day as we commit the future into God's good, righteous, perfect, and loving hands. He gives us strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, no matter what happens!
I wish I could personally hug each one of you and thank you for your prayers!
March 9, 2018
My precious wife, Beth Quinn, is celebrating her 55th birthday today! This is so significant for us, given that she is in the fight of her life against non-smoker lung cancer. Beth had her second chemo infusion today. In consulting with the oncologist, here is where we are as of right now:
Dr. Slomowitz believes that the current chemo med is the right treatment for the time being, and that the kind of chemo, from his perspective, is working. He even wants to move up the CT scan to take place after this second infusion instead of the third, in order to confirm for himself (and us) that the tumors are indeed decreasing. We also received word from him that Beth does have a cancer cell mutation called, HER2, which in Adeno Carcinoma of the lung, occurs only 1% of the time (usually much more common in breast cancer patients). But, he is believing that this is actually better news for us than having the so-called MET mutation. Given this uncommon combination of non-smoker lung cancer with the HER2 mutation, and yet having a solid plan of attack, we hope and pray that more life, in the gracious providence of God, will be extended to Beth. If our great God is pleased to do so, we look forward to continuing as a couple to be a genuine ministry blessing to both our physical and spiritual families. We love you all in Christ.
February 28, 2018
I cannot thank all of you enough for praying so fervently for my wife, Beth Quinn, in her battle with stage 4, non-smoker lung cancer. Today, Beth had, for the second time, Gamma Knife Radiation Surgery. The procedure was designed to target several brain cancer cells (the first Gamma knife was performed back on December 14th, where 6 tumors were treated). Seven more cancerous tumors were successfully treated today and our hope and prayer is that the additional chemo treatment regimen will also continue to treat the rest of where the cancer has spread in her body. As we continue to trust God with the results of these various treatments, we are also quite aware that only and ultimately, our sovereign God is providentially guiding the process by His loving and gracious plan. May His praise therefore be on our lips and may we depend entirely on His Word for our instruction in how to best glorify Him in everything—including cancer. Again, your prayers have been of such encouragement to Beth and me, helping to sustain us in our time of supreme testing. We love you all.
February 26, 2018
Thank you for your prayers and love for my Beth as we continue to navigate her journey with cancer. You are all probably aware that she was scheduled to have a second Gamma knife radiation surgery last Thursday, but right before the surgery was to be performed, it was halted due to Beth experiencing severe chest pain, which turned out to be pain from multiple blood clots in her lungs (later finding out that there were several in her legs also). These pulmonary emboli are extremely painful and Beth was immediately hospitalized that morning. Medications to prevent more clots from forming were administered and she was then released on Saturday evening from the hospital in order to try and rest at home. She is on blood thinners now and will be on this kind of medication for the rest of her life.
We also received a call this morning from the radiation oncology doctor and they are giving Beth a special appointment at 6AM this Wednesday for the much needed Gamma knife surgery so that the present brain lesions can be dealt with. We appreciate your prayers for Beth, especially given that she is still weak and yet otherwise, the soonest appointment we could have the Gamma knife procedure would be mid-March. Frankly, we simply can’t wait that long. It is a race against time for these multiple brain lesions to be radiated and for the other protocol to be dealing with the dangerous spread of the disease. So, Wednesday it is for the multi-hour radiation process. Pray that Beth will have the stamina to withstand the amount of time it takes to endure this procedure.
Finally, a biopsy of a cancerous lesion in her hip bone was also taken at the hospital on Thursday (the cancer has now spread to her bones), for the purpose of testing for possible mutation of the type of cancer that she has. This important biopsy report (which takes between 10-14 days to receive back from the lab), will help the oncologist to determine whether or not she is on the right chemo regimen. Please pray that we will find out this important information as soon as possible, particularly before her second scheduled chemo infusion on March 9th, if indeed a change in the chemo protocol is necessary due to the findings. March 9th also happens to be Beth’s 55th birthday.
Praying with you at the throne of God’s mercy and grace,
February 22, 2018
It's been a very long day. Beth had a terribly painful night last night in her chest area. We of course went ahead to the Gamma knife procedure this morning as planned, but the pain was so intense that the procedure had to be postponed until later. Beth was taken to the hospital and a subsequent CT scan has now been taken. The results are that Beth has pulmonary embolism in both of her lungs (this means multiple blood clots). These kinds of blood clots are very serious but especially in Beth's case with the lung cancer, and now with the clots adding to the dire situation.
She is being hospitalized as of today, with the hope of treating her so that she may be healthy enough to resume the next Gamma knife opportunity. Beth is also currently having a biopsy taken for the purpose of getting tissue to test for any potential cancer mutation which might/will change the direction of the treatment protocol. This biopsy was supposed to have been done on Monday, but in light of the pulmonary embolism we must now do it before they begin to thin her blood. Once they are finished with the biopsy, they'll start her on the anti-coagulation medicine for the embolism. We'll then work with Dr. Abelson on when she'll undergo the Gamma knife, and consult with Dr. Slomowitz on changes to her chemo protocol in light of both the embolism issue, and what we may find from the biopsy.
All in all, we're thankful to have found out what has been the cause of the incredible pain in her chest, and we're asking the LORD to help us with all the various treatments going forward. Through it all, Beth has phenomenally handled it with grace and strength. Thanks for your ongoing prayers and praise to our God for His ultimate will and purpose.
February 20, 2018
Beth will indeed have the Gamma knife surgery on Thursday morning. We will arrive at 7:00AM. Thank you for praying. Thank you so much also for all your concern and love toward us. I will let all of you know how the procedure went, once I have Beth safely home again in the early afternoon. The surgery will take place here in Thousand Oaks, just slightly down the way from Los Robles Hospital.
February 16, 2018
Beth and I are here at the doctor's office and she is being prepped for the first infusion treatment of chemo therapy. We will/should be here for about three hours or so. Thank you so much for all your prayers. We love you all!😍😍 Pastor Lance
February 12, 2018
I haven’t posted an update on my wife Beth’s cancer treatment in several weeks, mainly because we have been waiting for scans to be taken after the third infusion of the immunotherapy drug called Keytruda. In meeting doctors both on Friday and today, and as a result of the nine weeks of this kind of therapy, the news regarding the effectiveness of the infusions is not good. Because Beth has not responded to it, this means the cancer has continued to spread, both back to her brain (although in newer areas than before), and now to the liver, and of course, the places where it was before have grown ever larger. We of course are saddened to hear this news, but we must continue to trust and rely upon our sovereign Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Beth will now begin chemotherapy immediately this week, in an attempt to deal with the continuing spread of the cancer. Thank you all for praying for my dear wife, whom I love dearly. While her body is very weak and frail from the ravages of this disease, she is spiritually alert and faithful to her LORD.
So many of you have contributed to her GoFundMe account (under the name: Beth Quinn’s Medical), and we are overwhelmingly grateful to God for your sweet generosity. I am therefore including this information again for those of you who weren’t aware of it before. May God providentially orchestrate qualitatively and quantitatively good outcomes for Beth’s health in the days to come, according to His will and purpose.
February 8, 2018
I take Beth at 3:00 today to do a brain scan with the results tomorrow with the doctor at 9AM; and then tomorrow at 8AM a CT scan of the body and a consult with the oncologist on Monday, February 12, at 9AM. This will be a very important set of scans and consults. May God be honored and praised regardless of the results.
February 1, 2018
As we move into our second month of 2018, I want to thank you once again for your love and care for my wife, Beth, who is undergoing cancer treatment. This is a very important month for her, and of course for our entire family. She will have her third immunotherapy infusion on Wednesday, February 7th, and we presume within a few days after this, scans will be taken in order to gauge the relative effectiveness of the current therapy protocol. We therefore zealously covet your continued prayers for her. We are trusting our sovereign Savior for the providential results of these therapy infusions and are believing that He will lead us to His perfect, wise, and good outcome. May we all affirm the truth of Proverbs 3, leaning not on our own human (and therefore incomplete) understanding, acknowledging instead that it is God alone who graciously and wonderfully directs our paths for our eternal good and His great glory.
December 27, 2017
After her first infusion treatment, everything seemed to go pretty well. Of course, we won’t know how things are going until there are at least two, if not three treatments, each spaced out three weeks apart. Depending on whether she will have a scan after the second or third infusion, we hope to measure the effectiveness of the treatment. So, all in all, she’s doing okay. Now, pray for a lack of side affects and for her overall stamina and strength.
December 20, 2017
The medicine (Keytruda) was approved by our insurance! We are asking our God to allow this treatment to be successful!! Thank you. LQ
December 19, 2017
We have just seen the doctor. Here is the word: Beth definitely has stage 4 metastatic, non-small cell lung cancer which has spread to other areas of the body, but the good word is that she doesn't have to do extensive radiation and massive chemotherapy. A new immunotherapy cancer drug called, Keytruda, is going to give her the best opportunity for survival. The permission for receiving this drug has just been submitted to the insurance company today and it takes a week to receive the approval. Our sincere hope is that the treatment will begin next Tuesday once the permission is granted. This is far better news from our perspective than what we could have otherwise heard. The best case scenario is that, with the hope of this newer treatment, it will work to boost her own immune system in order to see the cancer cells reduced and potentially eliminated over time. No one knows of course how long someone can live with this particular treatment regimen. But our God is the One who holds the future and it is He holds us fast! Thank you for your continued, vital prayers on Beth's behalf.
December 14, 2017
Beth is now home after the radiation Gamma knife surgery. They found six lesions and not three, as originally assumed, but each of these were treated by the physicians through the radiation procedure. A PET scan is scheduled for Monday, and an overall treatment regimen is to be discussed with the oncologist on Tuesday. Beth is going to attempt to rest over the next several days, and we as a family wanted all of you to know how thankful we are for your prayers, love, service, and care for us and our long road ahead. may the Lord be praised for all His good gifts and gracious providence.
December 6, 2017
Beth has stage 4, non-smoking lung cancer which has now spread to her brain (and we suspect other places too). She will undergo gamma knife brain surgery next week. The oncologist said that it looks like (since the cancer has spread to vital areas), that we therefore need to be very aggressive with the ongoing treatment. We are now looking at these other forms of treatment and once we know the sub-type of this particular lung cancer, we will do whatever we can to take aggressive measures to fight this cancer. A PET scan might also reveal if the cancer has spread to any other location of which we are currently unaware, but the gamma knife surgery next Thursday is, for now, our first order of priority. We so appreciate your prayers for all of this. God is good and He does good in jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. We love you all.
December 4, 2017
Beth had a biopsy which we hope to receive a diagnosis about in the next few days. Once that diagnosis is given, a treatment regimen will be also recommended by the oncologist. Our sincere thanks to all for their loving care and prayers. May God give us His clear direction regarding the most optimum protocol which is ultimately chosen and may the Lord's will be done for His glory and for Beth's good.
With our gratitude for you love and intercessory prayers,
December 3, 2017
This is a summary of the announcement Pastor Lance made.
Pastor Lance Quinn announced today that his wife, Beth, is hospitalized at Los Robles Hospital following tests done yesterday that revealed abnormalities. Pastor Lance was in Baltimore, MD, teaching and preaching when his daughters, Lexa and Lisa, contacted him about their mother. They told their dad that mom didn't seem quite right and he told them to take her to the emergency room. In the ER they ran several tests and did a scan. After being at the ER for a while, Beth said she felt better and they released her to go home and rest. However, within a short period of time the hospital called her and said to come back immediately because the tests revealed abnormalities. Pastor Lance went directly to the airport to return home. What the doctors found were five tumors: two in the brain, one on the adrenal gland, one in the chest cavity near her heart, and another on her kidney. Specialists have been called in and doctors will begin biopsies tomorrow.