Content October, buddies!
I hope you have all experienced a excellent start to drop and are enjoying the cooler temperatures and beautiful tumble days.
I’m popping in today with a new Dominic update. Thank you all so a great deal for your email messages, the playing cards and presents that you’ve despatched, and all of the prayers you have provided up our family members appreciates it all so incredibly much ❤️
The Newest Remedies and Scans
Soon after Labor Working day, Dominic experienced his 2nd round of immunotherapy treatment method, adopted up by a new established of scans and a bone marrow biopsy in mid-September.
We obtained very encouraging news… the scan confirmed that 50% of the cancer has cleared, which is the biggest transfer of the needle that we have found so significantly.
The complete-overall body radioactive scan carried out for neuroblastoma is called an MIBG scan and it is specified a “Curie score” – 10 segments of the human body are scored to 3, based on how significantly most cancers is current, which usually means the best score it can exhibit is 30. In Could, Dominic’s rating was 27 right after surgery and prior to commencing immunotherapy, his rating was 26. Soon after the next round of immunotherapy, this most new scan confirmed a rating of 13.
His bone marrow biopsy showed what the medical professional named “just a trace” of neuroblastoma cells, a reduction from the previous 5 to 10%.
We pray that the immunotherapy therapies go on to be this efficient and that he will before long be totally cleared of the most cancers that continues to be.
Dominic will have his 3rd round of immunotherapy the 7 days immediately after up coming, and then the fourth round about a month just after that, followed by an additional established of scans.
Immunotherapy, as opposed to chemotherapy, does not result in white counts, platelets, or hemoglobin to fall, so we really do not have to get worried about two times-weekly lab perform or transfusions. We just have to have to go into clinic the moment a week to have his central line dressing improved.
In the Meantime…
Dominic started off kindergarten final 7 days! It has built my heart so joyful to see him having fun with regular 5-calendar year-outdated lifestyle, displaying us the papers he’s labored on, and chatting about the very little factors that have took place for the duration of the working day.
Soon after spending the very last 6 months likely again and forth from hospitals, inpatient stays for chemotherapy, surgical procedures, unlimited clinic visits, transfusions, radiation, and all the things in concerning, owning some normalcy in day-to-day existence has been these a blessing for him.
AND he turns 6 this week! 🎉
You may possibly have viewed a few of new email messages from me this past week! Thank you so considerably for the amazing suggestions!
I’m slowly but surely beginning to get again into the swing of factors and with a a little bit more predictable routine at residence, I’m hoping to convey back again Friday Matters and mail you tasty recipes on a semi-typical basis once more. Remain tuned 😋