Delighted Oct, friends!
I hope you have all had a fantastic start off to tumble and are taking pleasure in the cooler temperatures and wonderful drop times.
I’m popping in currently with a new Dominic update. Thank you all so a lot for your email messages, the cards and items that you’ve sent, and all of the prayers you have supplied up our household appreciates it all so pretty considerably ❤️
The Most recent Treatments and Scans
Immediately after Labor Working day, Dominic experienced his 2nd round of immunotherapy treatment method, followed up by a new set of scans and a bone marrow biopsy in mid-September.
We got really encouraging news… the scan showed that 50% of the most cancers has cleared, which is the most significant shift of the needle that we’ve observed so far.
The comprehensive-system radioactive scan performed for neuroblastoma is named an MIBG scan and it is offered a “Curie score” – 10 segments of the human body are scored to 3, centered on how substantially most cancers is current, which suggests the optimum score it can clearly show is 30. In May, Dominic’s score was 27 immediately after surgical procedure and prior to commencing immunotherapy, his score was 26. Just after the second spherical of immunotherapy, this most latest scan showed a rating of 13.
His bone marrow biopsy confirmed what the physician referred to as “just a trace” of neuroblastoma cells, a reduction from the past 5 to 10%.
We pray that the immunotherapy treatments continue to be this effective and that he will shortly be completely cleared of the most cancers that continues to be.
Dominic will have his third spherical of immunotherapy the week soon after next, and then the fourth round about a month soon after that, adopted by a further set of scans.
Immunotherapy, compared with chemotherapy, does not result in white counts, platelets, or hemoglobin to fall, so we do not have to stress about two times-weekly lab function or transfusions. We just require to go into clinic when a 7 days to have his central line dressing changed.
In the Meantime…
Dominic began kindergarten very last week! It has built my heart so satisfied to see him experiencing standard 5-yr-old lifetime, showing us the papers he’s worked on, and talking about the little points that have occurred all through the day.
Just after paying the very last 6 months heading again and forth from hospitals, inpatient stays for chemotherapy, surgery, unlimited clinic visits, transfusions, radiation, and all the things in between, having some normalcy in each day lifetime has been these a blessing for him.
AND he turns 6 this 7 days! 🎉
You might have viewed a few of new email messages from me this last 7 days! Thank you so a great deal for the awesome feedback!
I’m slowly but surely starting up to get back again into the swing of items and with a somewhat more predictable timetable at dwelling, I’m hoping to deliver back Friday Issues and ship you mouth watering recipes on a semi-common foundation all over again. Keep tuned 😋