June 28, 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
|Enjoying the time between treatments|
Madeleine will fly out to NIH on Monday, and is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday to remove the entire tumor from her liver. This is a major surgery, but frankly, she will be glad to see the tumor go! It will then take almost a week of recovery until she flies back home.
This therapy is done in a few phases. The first part is removing one of your melanoma tumors (in Madeleine's case, her liver tumor). Right after the surgery, the doctors take your tumor and start the process of finding and growing your own cancer-fighting T-cells that are already present inside the tumor (but are outnumbered). Then they take those cells and grow them until there are billions of them, which will enable the cells to have a much better chance of fighting off your melanoma. This "growing" process takes 4-6 weeks and is very intensive and specialized - but they are now able to grow these cells with over 90% of patients.
|At Tahoe in June with friends, Dave and Cindy|
We are really grateful that Madeleine has been accepted to begin this specialized treatment. Please pray for her as she goes through this surgery and recovery, and as she prepares for the next part of her treatment.