Wednesday Stephen had a PT scan to assess the response to the chemotherapy he has been receiving. Unfortunately the cancer has continued to grow. He has multiple new active sites in his abdomen and chest and his spleen is more involved again. Until the cancer is arrested in it’s progress he cannot have the stem cell transplant. Fortunately there is a new weapon in the war with Hodkin Lymphoma. A new drug was just approved in August of 2011. We are really excited about this new treatment and we are hoping it is the one that will work. It is called Brentuximab Vedotin. I’ll include a link about it. The insurance company gave their OK and the Pharmacist has ordered the drug. It will take until Wednesday for the drugs to arrive so he is scheduled for Thursday for his first treatment. Stephen will be one of the first, if not the first, person in Utah to receive this treatment.
Obviously it was extremely disappointing new but it was not unexpected. Stephen continues to have symptoms of cancer such as occasional fevers, abdominal pain, and a cough. He has been taking some steroids and it really helps alleviate the symptoms. He works hard on having a positive attitude and has been able to have a great time with our family over the Christmas holidays.
He finished fall semester at BYU and moved everything home. We are really proud of him for sticking to it and being able to keep 5 credit hours despite all the treatments and sickness. He also took at Spanish test and was able to receive 16 credit hours of A for the spanish he learned on his mission. All in all, that is a pretty successful semester for a cancer patient!
Thanks again and again for all of your love, support, and concern.