Councilman Gary Agopian Offers Update To Cancer Treatment



Antioch City Councilman Gary Agopian issued an updated to his cancer last night that we wanted to pass along. Our hearts and prayers are with Councilman Agopian and his family as they move forward with his treatment and please keep sending his family prayers.

Hi all! What a journey this has been for Robin, the family and I. My heart is full of joy and love for all of you. Today, we had a fairly major detour from the scheduled biopsy at noon. Please indulge a brief explanation. I hope it helps you understand what is happening in my life. I am ok with you sharing with others.

I want people to know. We were right at the point of going into the operation after two hours of prep when the surgeon and I began a conversation about how glad I was to find out what I had and get started with the treatment, it was at that point that he opened to me the idea of what it might mean to me to aggressively begin treatment as soon as possible without the biopsy. We brought in the oncologist who happened to be available and had a long conversation about what I had.

Clinically, the only SURE way to know is do the biopsy. But it became pretty clear that my two weeks of MRI’s were clearly showing a Glioblastoma. It is not curable, and in my case, inoperable. Disturbing the tumor and having 3-4 weeks of recovery, would only delay treatment of a fast growing and aggressive tumor, the procedure might even make it more aggressive. We decided to accept what we had and move to treatment immediately. So, starting next week, I will begin 6 weeks of radiation therapy and 6 weeks of chemo. I will also be on another chemo Advsatin (sp) and it was this drug that would have been delayed with a biopsy. I have be on that indefinitely.

I am going to fight hard to live….but not just for the sake of living. I have a purpose in Jesus Christ that is way beyond. He has changed me……I can never be the same! Whatever time God gives me, I gladly take. Today was a great day! He has given me a gift. I love you all!



  1. Gary – you and your family are in my constant prayers. You have so many people supporting you and praying for you. If there is anything myself or this community can do, you know we will be there for you and your family. God bless <3

  2. Prayers of strength and healing provided by our almighty physician The Lord Jesus, we ask in his name alone for strength and comfort for the family and to hold them upright when the road is unbearable keep them all in prayer including the nurses and all members of the medical team tending to Him

  3. Gary, Our best wishes and prayers go out to you and your family. We had a friend who passed away from a brain tumor a couple of years ago. He was an inspiration, just as you seem to be. He wrote a book about caring and being cared for. Here is the link. The book is an amazing legacy about his journey. Maybe it will help you and others as well. I have provided the link to the book. Good luck to you. Barbara and Dave Walters

  4. You will be in our continued prayers. Treatment is tough, but you will be given strength through your faith. Please know you have our full support and our prayers. God Bless You and your Family as you begin this new journey and we are looking forward to hearing good news :-). Take Care!!!!

  5. Praying for you Gary and your family. May the Lord guide your physicians and give you the best treatment possible. May the Lord comfort you all as you walk through this journey.

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