Saturday, June 8, 2013

Brain MRI clear :)

Madeleine’s Blog

June 8, 2013
So do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
Isaiah 41:10

Madeleine's brain MRI was rescheduled to yesterday, and we got the news today: All clear!! Having a clear scan is always such a relief, so we are especially grateful for this.

What's next? Madeleine is scheduled to fly out to Maryland to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a consultation on Tuesday, June 18th with the melanoma specialist there. We are going there to see if she can be accepted for TIL (tumor infiltrating lymphocyte) therapy, also known as Adoptive Cell Therapy.

The NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, is actually the nation’s largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research, and NIH researchers have pioneered this therapy, which has been around for several years. 

With TIL therapy, surgeons remove one or more of your melanoma tumors, and then you are sent home for several weeks. Meanwhile, in the laboratory, the scientists work to separate out your own cells (lymphocytes) that are inside the tumor attempting to fight the cancer. Those cells are then grown, multiplied (until there are billions of them), and tested in the laboratory. Then, you go back to the hospital, undergo chemotherapy and other treatment, and your own concentrated, tumor-fighting cells are reintroduced. It is a pretty rigorous treatment, but they have been having good results with it.
As always, we would really appreciate your prayers for wisdom and guidance as we make these decisions, and for Madeleine's healing. Thank you, everyone.


Dave Cindy said...

Miss Madeleine we had an amazing weekend with you walking at Spring Lake sharing stories, and then hearing the awesome news about the MRI and Swimming with you today! You are like silk in the water you are an amazing athlete!
Once again you have shared another incredible part of You with Dave and me. You just make us smile!

Anonymous said...

Such good new!

Stacey said...

We're all thinking of you today...hope it's going well out there in MD. Piggy and Snorty say they wish you well. Well, actually, they want to know if you have any food. Your healing process isn't really on their minds. I tried to tell them to be polite, but you know how they get. 'Where's the grub???' It's all about them. Remember Snorty stealing from the picnic table last year at the campfire? Sorry to say, she hasn't changed. The rest of us have you in our prayers, as always. We're very proud of you. Hang in there...