Content October, good friends!
I hope you have all had a superb commence to drop and are savoring the cooler temperatures and wonderful slide times.
I’m popping in nowadays with a new Dominic update. Thank you all so a great deal for your email messages, the cards and items that you have sent, and all of the prayers you have supplied up our loved ones appreciates it all so quite substantially ❤️
The Most current Treatment plans and Scans
Just after Labor Working day, Dominic had his second round of immunotherapy treatment, followed up by a new set of scans and a bone marrow biopsy in mid-September.
We acquired pretty encouraging news… the scan confirmed that 50% of the cancer has cleared, which is the major go of the needle that we have found so far.
The comprehensive-entire body radioactive scan accomplished for neuroblastoma is known as an MIBG scan and it is given a “Curie score” – 10 segments of the overall body are scored to 3, based on how substantially most cancers is current, which suggests the best score it can exhibit is 30. In May perhaps, Dominic’s rating was 27 right after operation and prior to commencing immunotherapy, his score was 26. Right after the second round of immunotherapy, this most new scan showed a score of 13.
His bone marrow biopsy confirmed what the health practitioner called “just a trace” of neuroblastoma cells, a reduction from the former 5 to 10%.
We pray that the immunotherapy solutions continue to be this helpful and that he will soon be entirely cleared of the cancer that continues to be.
Dominic will have his 3rd round of immunotherapy the 7 days after following, and then the fourth round about a month soon after that, followed by one more set of scans.
Immunotherapy, unlike chemotherapy, does not cause white counts, platelets, or hemoglobin to drop, so we really don’t have to be concerned about two times-weekly lab perform or transfusions. We just need to go into clinic when a week to have his central line dressing adjusted.
In the Meantime…
Dominic started out kindergarten last week! It has designed my coronary heart so pleased to see him taking pleasure in usual 5-year-aged existence, displaying us the papers he’s worked on, and talking about the very little things that have took place for the duration of the working day.
Just after shelling out the past six months likely back again and forth from hospitals, inpatient stays for chemotherapy, surgical procedures, infinite clinic visits, transfusions, radiation, and almost everything in concerning, having some normalcy in day to day daily life has been these a blessing for him.
AND he turns 6 this week! 🎉
You may well have found a couple of new e-mail from me this past 7 days! Thank you so substantially for the brilliant opinions!
I’m little by little setting up to get back into the swing of points and with a somewhat far more predictable program at dwelling, I’m hoping to bring back again Friday Points and send out you delicious recipes on a semi-regular basis once more. Continue to be tuned 😋