Delighted Oct, buddies!
I hope you have all had a great start to tumble and are enjoying the cooler temperatures and attractive tumble days.
I’m popping in nowadays with a new Dominic update. Thank you all so considerably for your e-mails, the playing cards and gifts that you have despatched, and all of the prayers you’ve presented up our family members appreciates it all so incredibly a lot ❤️
The Hottest Treatment plans and Scans
Following Labor Working day, Dominic had his second spherical of immunotherapy treatment, adopted up by a new set of scans and a bone marrow biopsy in mid-September.
We received quite encouraging news… the scan confirmed that 50% of the cancer has cleared, which is the biggest go of the needle that we have noticed so much.
The full-body radioactive scan accomplished for neuroblastoma is called an MIBG scan and it is given a “Curie score” – 10 segments of the system are scored to 3, centered on how a lot cancer is existing, which usually means the highest rating it can present is 30. In Could, Dominic’s score was 27 after surgical procedures and prior to beginning immunotherapy, his rating was 26. Following the next spherical of immunotherapy, this most latest scan showed a rating of 13.
His bone marrow biopsy confirmed what the health care provider named “just a trace” of neuroblastoma cells, a reduction from the previous 5 to 10%.
We pray that the immunotherapy therapies keep on to be this efficient and that he will quickly be totally cleared of the most cancers that stays.
Dominic will have his third round of immunotherapy the 7 days following up coming, and then the fourth spherical about a thirty day period just after that, adopted by yet another established of scans.
Immunotherapy, in contrast to chemotherapy, does not bring about white counts, platelets, or hemoglobin to fall, so we don’t have to stress about two times-weekly lab function or transfusions. We just have to have to go into clinic the moment a week to have his central line dressing modified.
In the Meantime…
Dominic began kindergarten previous 7 days! It has produced my heart so joyful to see him savoring regular 5-12 months-aged everyday living, showing us the papers he’s worked on, and talking about the small matters that have happened through the working day.
Soon after expending the previous six months likely back again and forth from hospitals, inpatient stays for chemotherapy, surgical treatment, limitless clinic visits, transfusions, radiation, and every little thing in between, obtaining some normalcy in every day lifetime has been these kinds of a blessing for him.
AND he turns 6 this week! 🎉
You could have found a couple of new e-mail from me this very last 7 days! Thank you so significantly for the amazing feed-back!
I’m bit by bit starting off to get back again into the swing of points and with a a little bit a lot more predictable program at property, I’m hoping to convey back again Friday Issues and deliver you mouth watering recipes on a semi-frequent basis again. Remain tuned 😋