Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Halt!

The tumor has stopped advancing...Charlie has come to a halt!

KK's team at Dana Farber were encouraged by how KK presented physically and by the results of the MRI. They said that the tumor seems stable. There were some microbleeds present that weren't there before, but they didn't seem too concerned about them. There are a number of things that could cause microbleeds: radiation, seizures,... They said that we should continue to do what we are doing.

As for the vision field testing, the opthamologist noted that there was no swelling of the cranial nerve and the loss of peripheral vision is probably tumor-related (no surprise there).

MRI images from March 2, 2016

My "un-medically-educated" thoughts...
  • Glioblastomas are angry and aggressive tumors that grow exponentially faster than many other cancers. I am so grateful that there is no progression of disease in the last 6 weeks.
  • My first instinct was to focus on the microbleeds and stress out about them, but I will follow Dr. Manley's lead and not worry about them. 
  • I wonder if the microbleeds were caused by one of the meds KK was on (which I stopped giving her after the first set of seizures).
  • The microbleeds are in the tumor. Could they be cancer cells dying off? That would be amazing!
  • I see a little more distinction in the "folds" where the tumor was infiltrating compared to the January scans (though the doctors didn't think there was much difference).
Pray for the tumor to begin retreating!

9 comments:

Terri said...

Rejoicing with you over this encouraging news! Continuing to pray!

Lizbeth Batista said...

Glory to God! Praying and rejoicing with you guys. God is good! Love....Lizbeth

Heidi Peterson said...

So glad to hear this! Will keep praying!

Anonymous said...

Such good news! Continuing to pray day and night.

Mark Knowlton said...

Our family continues to pray for KK daily. God bless her and give her strength.

Susan said...

Praising God with you for this progress. We'll continue to hold you closely in our prayers.

Bonnie Fiske said...

What great news! Hey Charlie----You are NEVER gonna beat her, she is too strong for you!!!!

Nancy Aviles said...

Moments to rejoice. Thank you Jesus.

Denise Reed said...

Praying for Charlie to retreat TOTALLY!!!