Profiles of Sarcoma: Brett


How does a 23-year-old healthy man end up with sarcoma cancer?

This is the question that Brett and his family have asked every day since his diagnosis with soft tissue sarcoma. Brett is 23 years old and lives in the small town of Beatrice Nebraska. He went through college and currently works in an IT department in Waverly. The things he loves most in life are to eat healthy and go to the gym.

Life seemed perfect until September 2014 when Brett’s life and those around him forever changed. Brett had a lump on his upper inner thigh that was about the size of a golf ball.  Within two weeks, it had rapidly grown and made part of his leg go numb. After having a check up with his doctor and then a dermatologist, Brett was sent to have an MRI on his leg. He received the call September 17th that his results showed a possible sarcoma.

To confirm the diagnosis and develop a treatment plan, Brett was then sent to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to meet with an oncologist.  A final biopsy confirmed that Brett indeed had soft tissue sarcoma.

After his diagnosis, Brett was scheduled for more tests including a full body scan to determine if the sarcoma had spread to other parts of his body.  Brett’s family and friends were devastated when the results came back that there was a spot on one of his lungs. Because of this news, Brett was then sent to a different oncologist that specializes in sarcomas of the lung.

Brett has now completed his second round of aggressive chemotherapy.  It has been very difficult for Brett and those who love him to process how his life changed so quickly. Despite the treatment and side effects, Brett has remained upbeat and determined to win this fight.

On December 1st, Brett will have his next scan to see if the chemotherapy is working to slow the spread of this disease.

Please join us in praying with Brett and his family for his continued healing, and that he would then only have two rounds of treatment left.

  1. Mark Vargas | November 20, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Dear Brett

    Your story sounds exactly like mine buddy reading this game me goosebumps. I’ve been battling adult rhabdomyosarcoma for the past 3 years. Doing well. Have my ups and downs but fighting daily. I just want to reach out to you and let you know that I’m praying for you in Texas and don’t ever ever give up. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Keep in touch my friend. We will win this battle!!!! God bless

  2. Debbie Dietzel | November 20, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I know your Aunt Jodie & Uncle Steve from our church. I’ll do my best to pray for you, Brett!

    • Debbie Dietzel | November 20, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Sorry, I misread the original post. I guess Jodie is Brett’s cousin…


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