This is a quick update of the options that were given by the doctor at Sloan-Kettering. First of all, a needle-guided biopsy will be done to check on the main mass in her chest. Remembering that this mass seems to be the only area that is nonresponsive, we want to make sure that it is definitely the exact same type of lymphoma as the areas that did respond. This biopsy will tell us that.
There is also another chemo regimen that the doctor suggested. This is known as the EPOCH chemotherapy. I am not certain of the timeline of when this will begin. I would imagine they would need the biopsy results first.
She was also told that she should try the allogenic bone marrow/stem cell transplant after all. This is the transplant that would involve a donor, instead of using her own cells. She has been put back on the list to find a match for this.
Right now, the pressure of these decisions lies in Melissa and Doug deciding where they will go for certain treatments. Under the guidance of the new doctor, her hospital in Indiana could administer the new chemo. The doctor also suggested a couple locations near the west coast that would be good for the transplant. My sister is willing to travel whatever distance is necessary, but that thought is a painful one for her as it would be more time away from the kids.
Please pray for Miss and Doug to have clear direction about each specific location they are to go to. There is obviously a tremendous amount of pressure in that decision, but we know God will lead the way.
Thank you so much for your priceless prayers!!!