Happy October, mates!
I hope you have all experienced a excellent commence to fall and are taking pleasure in the cooler temperatures and lovely drop days.
I’m popping in right now with a new Dominic update. Thank you all so significantly for your email messages, the playing cards and gifts that you have despatched, and all of the prayers you have available up our household appreciates it all so pretty considerably ❤️
The Most recent Remedies and Scans
Following Labor Day, Dominic experienced his 2nd spherical of immunotherapy remedy, followed up by a new set of scans and a bone marrow biopsy in mid-September.
We acquired quite encouraging news… the scan showed that 50% of the most cancers has cleared, which is the most important transfer of the needle that we have found so significantly.
The complete-entire body radioactive scan done for neuroblastoma is known as an MIBG scan and it is presented a “Curie score” – 10 segments of the human body are scored to 3, dependent on how a great deal most cancers is current, which indicates the maximum rating it can show is 30. In May, Dominic’s rating was 27 immediately after medical procedures and prior to beginning immunotherapy, his rating was 26. Just after the second spherical of immunotherapy, this most the latest scan confirmed a rating of 13.
His bone marrow biopsy confirmed what the health care provider known as “just a trace” of neuroblastoma cells, a reduction from the prior 5 to 10%.
We pray that the immunotherapy remedies keep on to be this efficient and that he will shortly be totally cleared of the cancer that remains.
Dominic will have his third spherical of immunotherapy the week after upcoming, and then the fourth round about a month following that, followed by another set of scans.
Immunotherapy, contrary to chemotherapy, does not result in white counts, platelets, or hemoglobin to fall, so we really don’t have to stress about twice-weekly lab function or transfusions. We just will need to go into clinic when a week to have his central line dressing adjusted.
In the Meantime…
Dominic started kindergarten past week! It has created my heart so pleased to see him making the most of regular 5-calendar year-aged lifetime, showing us the papers he’s labored on, and conversing about the minor matters that have transpired for the duration of the working day.
Immediately after investing the last six months going again and forth from hospitals, inpatient stays for chemotherapy, surgery, endless clinic visits, transfusions, radiation, and anything in involving, having some normalcy in day to day existence has been this kind of a blessing for him.
AND he turns 6 this 7 days! 🎉
You may perhaps have noticed a pair of new e-mail from me this very last 7 days! Thank you so a great deal for the wonderful opinions!
I’m gradually starting to get back into the swing of points and with a somewhat extra predictable agenda at dwelling, I’m hoping to convey back Friday Matters and mail you delightful recipes on a semi-normal foundation all over again. Keep tuned 😋