October 4, 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
As you would imagine, this news hit us like a ton of bricks, especially as we had all been really hopeful about this particular treatment. (We are familiar with several other metastatic melanoma patients for whom this treatment has been successful - some of them for several years now - but unfortunately, it was just not to be in our situation.)
|Aboard the NIH shuttle|
Tomorrow, they will fly back home and continue the hunt for a new treatment that will be a good match for Madeleine's situation (progress has already been made in that direction - more on that in an upcoming post).
We are actually very fortunate that there are several new treatments that have become available just in the past few years - for so long there were very few viable treatments available for metastatic melanoma patients.
Because of the scan results, our time at NIH has come to a close (as they believe it is in Madeleine's best interest to move on to something else). We have been treated well here, and even though it doesn't appear that the TIL therapy itself has worked, we are thankful that we were able to have the opportunity - especially as we hear on the news that NIH is unable to accept new patients right now because of the government shut down (!). We are also thankful that as a part of her TIL treatment, the doctors here removed that softball-sized tumor from Madeleine's liver, which continues to be an on-going benefit.
Thank you everyone for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement - especially as we look toward the next phase of this battle.