[stanford_status] Very distressing news
John R Larsen
john at larsen-family.us
Sat Nov 18 13:52:55 EST 2006
A few minutes ago we talked with Dr. Julie Kim, one of the pediatric
oncologists at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) involved
with Stanford's care. The results of Friday's CT scan are very bad.
The tumors in his liver have continued to grow. There is now a net
of tumors and hardly any liver tissue left. They are amazed that
Stanford is still doing so well and isn't having any pain.
The current treatments are not working. A change is required. They
are in contact with oncologists at Boston and DHMC. There are very
few options left. The next treatment to try is gemcitabine that is
given weekly. They will do treatments three weeks in a row unless
his blood counts get too low. Then he will have a week off to allow
the body to bounce back, and they will do scans that week. This
puts the next scans out in the Dec 13th time frame.
Gemcitabine usually makes patients very sick. The doctors said that
since Stanford is feeling well now that he ought to do anything that
he has been wanting to do, such as take a trip, while he is feeling
well. Dr. Kim suggested possible doing something during the week he
is not receiving treatment.
Dr. Kim will call us no later than Tuesday to let us know the
arrangements. They want Monday to consult and get everything in
place. The intent is to do the treatement at Dr. O'Shea's office in
Stanford's liver function could turn the corner at anytime. The
pain could start up again anytime also. Stanford is staring death
in the face right now. Stan and I talked about this and what the
care options are if things get bad. The options are hospital,
hospice, or home care. He wants to be home as much as possible if
things get bad. Of course we haven't given up. We hope that the
gemcitabine will be effective, but we have to talk about and be
prepared for the worst.
We're all in shock right now. I have no words left. My mind is
mush. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
John R Larsen <john at larsen-family.us>
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