Thursday, July 12, 2012

Yesterday was our 14th wedding anniversary.  I wish it had been a better day for us.  Mark had an MRI that showed that he has a new tumor.  This means that the Avastin and Carboplatin is no longer stopping the tumor cells from growing, but the doctor feels it is at least keeping it from rapidly getting larger.  So, Mark will continue to get the infusions every 2 weeks.  We are looking for the next treatment to try as well.  Right now the tumor is too small for surgery.  Targeted radiation is an option.  He has an appointment with Dr. O'Conner on the 30th to talk to him about that.  Dr. Fink sent off a tissue sample to see if Mark's tumor has the EGFRvIII protein.  If it does, he will eligible for a clinical trial using a vaccine.  For those of you interested, the vaccine is called rindopepimut and is also known as CDX-110.  I am researching other clinical trials that Mark might qualify for through MD Anderson and Duke University Cancer Center.  We have some big decisions to make in the next few weeks, so we would appreciate your continued prayers. 

We did get some good news this morning- we are going to get to go on our vacation as planned!  Mark will be going to NC on Monday and working at the Microsoft campus there until Thursday.  The boys and I will be flying into NC on Thursday to meet Mark and visit a few friends for a couple of days.  Then we will all fly to Florida together to spend 4 days at the Disney parks, 1 day at Lego Land, and 2 days at Universal!  We are really looking forward to spending time together as a family doing such fun activities!