Today went well for Matthew's first treatment at Sloan Kettering. We were there at 9 am and left about 1:30 pm The actual treatment took 90 minutes. He is feeling well so far - so thankful for that. We go back for blood tests Tues and Thurs then we are "off" until next Monday when Matthew will have treatment #2.
Not sure when we'll be home. We'll be here at least until after the 3rd treatment, maybe longer. After the 6th treatment, more scans will be done. If the treatments are working, we'll continue them. If not we'll be done. There will be a recheck every 6 weeks to access how well the treatment is working. The doctor even ventured to say that if it works like they want it to, maybe surgery could maybe become an option by late summer. But...I'm getting ahead of myself....one step at a time!!
Matthew's treatment is called R1507. It is an antibody that is supposed to attack a certain protein in cells (in this case - the insulin-like growth factor 1 cell receptor). By blocking this protein the hope is to prevent tumor growth and cause tumor shrinking. We are praying for it's success in Matthew as well as the other 257 who will participate. If it works for us, there are potentially thousands that this could help once it is approved by FDA.
We had quite a busy weekend. We decided to splurge Saturday and go to see "The Lion King" on Broadway. It was amazing!!! Then, we woke up on Sunday and there was a note in the "house" (that's the Ronald Mc House) that there were complimentary tickets for "A Chorus Line" at 3:00 p.m. So, we were able to go!!! FREE!!!! Another fabulous time.
Greg left this afternoon and Ian left this evening. Matthew felt well enough to go hear a band with a friend of his that works here in New York. Mom, the old fogey that she is, is happy to be back at the RM house, in my room, in comfy clothes, talking to you (or should I say "typing" to you.) My feet and legs can't believe what I've done to them these past 6 days!! Matthew and I are definitely sleeping in tomorrow!!!
I'll send any knew news as we have it. Love to all, Nancy