Satisfied Oct, mates!
I hope you have all experienced a excellent commence to slide and are enjoying the cooler temperatures and gorgeous slide days.
I’m popping in right now with a new Dominic update. Thank you all so substantially for your e-mails, the playing cards and presents that you’ve despatched, and all of the prayers you have offered up our household appreciates it all so extremely a lot ❤️
The Most current Treatment options and Scans
Right after Labor Working day, Dominic had his next spherical of immunotherapy remedy, adopted up by a new set of scans and a bone marrow biopsy in mid-September.
We bought incredibly encouraging news… the scan confirmed that 50% of the most cancers has cleared, which is the largest transfer of the needle that we’ve seen so far.
The total-physique radioactive scan done for neuroblastoma is referred to as an MIBG scan and it is given a “Curie score” – 10 segments of the physique are scored to 3, based mostly on how much cancer is existing, which means the maximum score it can exhibit is 30. In May perhaps, Dominic’s rating was 27 following surgical procedure and prior to commencing immunotherapy, his score was 26. Immediately after the 2nd spherical of immunotherapy, this most recent scan confirmed a score of 13.
His bone marrow biopsy showed what the health practitioner identified as “just a trace” of neuroblastoma cells, a reduction from the past 5 to 10%.
We pray that the immunotherapy remedies keep on to be this successful and that he will soon be wholly cleared of the cancer that continues to be.
Up coming Up…
Dominic will have his 3rd round of immunotherapy the 7 days after future, and then the fourth spherical about a thirty day period soon after that, followed by a further established of scans.
Immunotherapy, unlike chemotherapy, does not induce white counts, platelets, or hemoglobin to drop, so we really do not have to fear about 2 times-weekly lab perform or transfusions. We just will need to go into clinic once a 7 days to have his central line dressing adjusted.
In the Meantime…
Dominic begun kindergarten past week! It has manufactured my coronary heart so joyful to see him savoring usual 5-calendar year-outdated everyday living, demonstrating us the papers he’s worked on, and conversing about the small points that have occurred during the working day.
Right after shelling out the final six months likely back and forth from hospitals, inpatient stays for chemotherapy, operation, countless clinic visits, transfusions, radiation, and every thing in concerning, obtaining some normalcy in everyday everyday living has been these a blessing for him.
AND he turns 6 this week! 🎉
You could have observed a pair of new email messages from me this very last week! Thank you so much for the wonderful suggestions!
I’m little by little beginning to get back again into the swing of things and with a a bit extra predictable program at dwelling, I’m hoping to bring again Friday Matters and ship you scrumptious recipes on a semi-common basis yet again. Remain tuned 😋