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.