On behalf of our family, thank you for visiting this memorial page. We hope our story will inform and encourage all families facing the challenge of living with Sarcoma cancer.
Our father, Pedro E. Diaz was truly loved. He devoted himself to working towards the needs of his family, whom he always put first. He was well known for being generous and sharing with family and friends far and wide no matter where they reside. His heart was full of kindness, and happiness, where some would say he was a true kid at heart. He was a true sports fan and his favorite team, The New York Mets would always be heard in the background or maybe his favorite TV show El Chavo Del 8.
He was born in the Dominican Republic, 1948, but as a young man decided to leave for the U.S.A., with wife Leocadia and four children, and grandchildren Pedro found himself the center of the fun, laughter and family.
A lump began to rise on his upper left thigh during 2014, so the family scheduled an MRI test which detected a tumor, but did not prove the lump to be benign. On January 2015 in the care of Montefiore Medical a biopsy was performed which did prove the growing mass to be a malignant tumor, (Soft Tissue Sarcoma, upper left thigh) (High Grade Spindle and Pleomorphic Sarcoma, Grade 3).
The analyses lead the doctors to suggest 25 sessions of radiation treatment with hopes the tumor would shrink and reduce the need for an arduous surgery. The tumor reacted opposite to the doctor’s suggestion and grew rapidly.
On May 19th, 2015 doctors performed a surgery to remove a tumor that was now (7.5 x 7.0 x 5.5cm). Resulting in clear margins post surgery, the family continued this long journey.
On August 14th, 2015 Pedro received a CT scan which determined the Sarcoma had now metastasized to his lungs, more treatments were suggested such as Chemotherapy (Mesna Dexamethasone Palonosetron Doxorubicin Ifosamide). By December 2015 – 5 cycles of treatment and the cancer was not in remission.
February 25th, 2016 the decision was made to begin clinical trials at the recommendation of two separate medical hospitals Montefiore & Memorial Sloan Kettering.
October 2nd, 2016, at 68 years old, our father, Pedro E. Diaz fighting for every breath he would take that evening with his family by his side would stop the suffering and ended his long battle with Sarcoma.
If there is any advice I might give as the daughter of Pedro Diaz, it is to “Never Give Up”, no matter what!