Content October, pals!
I hope you have all had a amazing start to drop and are enjoying the cooler temperatures and beautiful fall days.
I’m popping in currently with a new Dominic update. Thank you all so a lot for your email messages, the cards and presents that you’ve despatched, and all of the prayers you’ve made available up our household appreciates it all so really considerably ❤️
The Hottest Treatment options and Scans
Soon after Labor Working day, Dominic had his next spherical of immunotherapy procedure, adopted up by a new established of scans and a bone marrow biopsy in mid-September.
We got extremely encouraging news… the scan confirmed that 50% of the cancer has cleared, which is the biggest shift of the needle that we have noticed so much.
The comprehensive-overall body radioactive scan done for neuroblastoma is known as an MIBG scan and it is provided a “Curie score” – 10 segments of the physique are scored to 3, centered on how substantially most cancers is current, which suggests the greatest rating it can display is 30. In May, Dominic’s score was 27 soon after surgical procedures and prior to starting immunotherapy, his score was 26. After the next spherical of immunotherapy, this most new scan confirmed a score of 13.
His bone marrow biopsy confirmed what the health practitioner termed “just a trace” of neuroblastoma cells, a reduction from the earlier 5 to 10%.
We pray that the immunotherapy solutions keep on to be this effective and that he will shortly be entirely cleared of the cancer that stays.
Dominic will have his third spherical of immunotherapy the 7 days just after subsequent, and then the fourth spherical about a thirty day period after that, followed by one more established of scans.
Immunotherapy, contrary to chemotherapy, does not induce white counts, platelets, or hemoglobin to fall, so we really don’t have to stress about twice-weekly lab operate or transfusions. We just have to have to go into clinic once a week to have his central line dressing changed.
In the Meantime…
Dominic started out kindergarten past week! It has made my coronary heart so delighted to see him experiencing typical 5-yr-previous existence, showing us the papers he’s labored on, and talking about the minimal matters that have happened for the duration of the day.
Soon after paying out the last 6 months likely back and forth from hospitals, inpatient stays for chemotherapy, surgical procedure, unlimited clinic visits, transfusions, radiation, and every thing in involving, obtaining some normalcy in everyday existence has been these a blessing for him.
AND he turns 6 this week! 🎉
You may possibly have found a few of new emails from me this very last 7 days! Thank you so substantially for the awesome suggestions!
I’m little by little starting up to get again into the swing of factors and with a a little far more predictable plan at residence, I’m hoping to carry back again Friday Issues and send you scrumptious recipes on a semi-standard basis yet again. Stay tuned 😋