Today was a day we have been looking forward to for a couple of months now. We got the results of the PET scan and learned how the new treatments have worked.
All of the tumors in his neck and chest have disappeared! It was a fabulous result in that area. However, in his abdomen, the tumors appear about the same or slightly larger. The doctor is really puzzled why it would work in one area and not in another. He has concluded that before we do any further treatments or make any further decisions he needs to have a biopsy of the lymphnodes in this area to find out exactly what they are. He is beginning to wonder if Stephen may have two types of cancer.
We are waiting for the surgeon to call us and schedule an appointment and surgery. Doctor Nibley said that they would try to get the biospy with laproscopic surgery. The lymphnodes are a little tricky to reach in this area because they are towards his back. Stephen will most likely have his surgery towards the beginning of next week. We will post more when we know more.
Because of the good response to the treatment, the possibility of a Stem Cell Transplant is now open again. The Transplant team will be calling us to meet with them again once we get the biopsy results.
Stephen said to tell everyone thanks for all your prayers and support! We will post an update soon.
P.S. A couple of weeks ago Jared and Maria Jose came to visit. It is the first time our entire family has been together for 3 years. Sarah works and Glen Ricks photography and she arranged for us to get a family picture taken. It was perfect timing because Stephen now has hair again and isn’t on any steriods. I think they turned out great!