Thursday, November 30, 2006

Interim To Start

The fam went to Vandy on Monday to see a surgeon and an Oncologist who specializes in Sarcomas. They felt surgery was not an option and that aggressive chemotherapy was the treatment of choice to make the Sarcoma managable. The Oncologist developed the "recipe" for chemo and related that information to Dad's Oncologist in Knoxville (Dr. Dobbs).

Today, they met with Dobbs to schedule the treatment. Matt will have a heart scan tomorrow to make sure everything is ok there to tolerate treatment and to get a baseline scan since some the meds can adversely affect the heart.

Monday, Matt is scheduled for surgery to put in a port-a-cath to receive the chemotherapy treatments. Chemo will either begin on Dec. 7th or 11th. I always thought that I was going to be the first Fay to have some technology implanted.

The treatments will consist of two different regiments of medication, one administered hopefully next week and another Janurary. The first set of treatments will be two days in a row with follow up treatments in 1 week intervals. The following month, the treatments will be 5 days in a row. There will be at least 6 months worth of treatment. To put this in perspective, Dad had 4 treatments total, post surgery.

Matt is looking forward to spending this weekend with his pals at ETSU. They have lots of fun things planned I hear. Also, two of his professors have helped him be able to complete this semester's work at this point. He'll take an incomplete in the other 2 courses will the ability to complete them within the next 12 months.

Thanks for the continued love and prayers. They are amazing.

6 comments:

Brenna Smith said...

We love you all and will pray for tumor shrinkage! God is the Master of all Miracles and I know he has a special one up his sleeve for Matt.

Hugs to each of you. We are and will continue to pray for you all.

Trish said...

Thank you for the update. Hang in there and remember we are all here you. Love you all and keep your spirits up, have a great time back at school this weekend Matt.

Whitney said...

Looks like everything is going well and this plan has all the earmarks of God's hand. I think about so many times through the day and every time, God and I have a one on one about you. Be strong.

Judy said...

Just to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do please let us know. Jeff and Christa send their love as well. Nancy, a special prayer that your health is holding up through this difficult time.

Love and Happy Holidays to all of you. Judy

Karyn & Amy Bass said...

Dear Matt & Family,We continue to lift all of you up to Our Father's Throne.May you be ever mindful of His strong arms holding you tightly. We love each 1 of you.

marla said...

Matt...it was really good to get to see you this weekend. I know I don't really know you that well, but from the few times that I have talked to you, I have to say, your personality, strength, and sense of humor have left quite an impression....good luck, you are in my thoughts and prayers.