My laptop has died and it took my email update list with it...If you know someone who usually receives my emails, please direct them here, or send this out to your own prayer partners and friends as an email. Grrrr! I am so aggravated about my laptop. It's being worked on, but it takes time.
On to the update...
The CT scans showed no change in the cancer. This is a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that the chemo is keeping the cancer from growing. The bad news is that the chemo isn't working to shrink the cancer anymore.
The oncologist said that it is time to begin looking at making changes in the chemo plan. This is where he is approaching the bone marrow transplant option from. The next phase of chemo for Nick's cancer is pretty aggressive. According to the doctor's thinking, if we are going to hit the cancer with aggressive chemo, then let's look at using that opportunity to correct not only the cancer, but the immune disorder as well with a bone marrow transplant.
The doctor is going to be speaking with many other specialists that need to be involved in the decision making process. The decision making will not happen quickly. It will likely take weeks, if not months to come to a mutual decision because of all of Nick's various health problems and extensive medical history.
The plan for now is to continue with the chemo that Nick is on with the hopes that it will control the growth of the cancer. Hopefully it will remain stable. If things worsen, then there will be a new plan made.
The polyps in the small intestine do not concern the oncologist. He wasn't surprised by their presence. He looked at the films and saw no evidence of anything that looked like cancer. That apparently was his goal in the procedure. He doesn't feel like we need to make the trek to Ohio yet. We can if we want to, but he feels like we can maintain control of the FAP in Birmingham a while longer.
I'm going with what he said.
Please continue to remember us in prayer. I don't know what to pray for anymore. Please pray as God leads.
In His Grip,