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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Today I'm thankful for so much and for so many people but in this blog, I'm going to focus on being thankful for making a decision about treatment for Scott.

We have spent so many weeks now seeing doctors, analyzing scans, gathering treatment options, etc.   We learned about trials, standard treatments, and surgery.  Here is the break down of what we've decided:

  • Scott is not going to do a trial at this time, there were not any that we were thrilled about that Scott qualified to be involved in. 
  • Surgery is on hold for now but we may consider this in the future.  There are many risks involved in surgery and at this time and we feel the risks out way the benefits.  At this time, surgery would only be used to gather information about the cancer, but not for therapeutic reasons because not all of the cancer would be able to be removed.
  • Scott will start standard chemotherapy treatment, temodar, on Friday. This is the chemotherapy he took in 2006-07 and 2012-13.  He never had his cancer grow while taking this chemotherapy so we are hopeful that it will shrink the tumor.  He also tolerates this therapy very well so it keeps his life (and mine!) pretty much status quo for a while.
He will have another MRI scan in January and we will reassess at that time.

Scott is feeling good, looking great (really --- have you seen him lately? -- he looks better than ever!), and we hope that this plan will keep him feeling and looking good.  

I'm also thankful for everyone who donated to our team which has now raised over $38,000 to find a cure for brain cancer!  I look forward to hearing about all the advances in therapies that happen over the next year.  

Have a wonderful thanksgiving everyone!!  

xoxo,
Julie


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