Happy Oct, mates!
I hope you have all had a fantastic begin to fall and are making the most of the cooler temperatures and wonderful slide times.
I’m popping in currently with a new Dominic update. Thank you all so a great deal for your email messages, the playing cards and items that you’ve sent, and all of the prayers you have provided up our spouse and children appreciates it all so incredibly a lot ❤️
The Most up-to-date Treatment plans and Scans
Soon after Labor Day, Dominic experienced his next spherical of immunotherapy treatment, followed up by a new established of scans and a bone marrow biopsy in mid-September.
We got pretty encouraging news… the scan confirmed that 50% of the cancer has cleared, which is the greatest transfer of the needle that we have noticed so considerably.
The total-system radioactive scan accomplished for neuroblastoma is called an MIBG scan and it is presented a “Curie score” – 10 segments of the system are scored to 3, based mostly on how much most cancers is existing, which means the maximum score it can clearly show is 30. In May, Dominic’s rating was 27 right after surgical treatment and prior to commencing immunotherapy, his score was 26. Just after the 2nd spherical of immunotherapy, this most the latest scan showed a rating of 13.
His bone marrow biopsy confirmed what the medical professional known as “just a trace” of neuroblastoma cells, a reduction from the earlier 5 to 10%.
We pray that the immunotherapy therapies carry on to be this helpful and that he will before long be wholly cleared of the cancer that stays.
Dominic will have his 3rd spherical of immunotherapy the week right after up coming, and then the fourth spherical about a month right after that, adopted by a further set of scans.
Immunotherapy, as opposed to chemotherapy, does not lead to white counts, platelets, or hemoglobin to drop, so we really don’t have to fret about twice-weekly lab work or transfusions. We just need to have to go into clinic at the time a week to have his central line dressing modified.
In the Meantime…
Dominic commenced kindergarten past 7 days! It has created my coronary heart so content to see him taking pleasure in standard 5-calendar year-previous existence, showing us the papers he’s worked on, and conversing about the tiny issues that have happened through the working day.
Immediately after expending the very last 6 months going again and forth from hospitals, inpatient stays for chemotherapy, operation, endless clinic visits, transfusions, radiation, and all the things in amongst, acquiring some normalcy in daily lifestyle has been these types of a blessing for him.
AND he turns 6 this week! 🎉
You may have observed a few of new email messages from me this past week! Thank you so considerably for the magnificent comments!
I’m slowly but surely starting up to get back again into the swing of factors and with a somewhat a lot more predictable agenda at house, I’m hoping to convey again Friday Issues and send out you tasty recipes on a semi-typical foundation once again. Stay tuned 😋