William finally finished the round of antibiotics on Monday for his line infection. Thank you, Thank you, doctors, for letting us finish the last 7 days at home instead of in the usual hospital. I am more grateful than words can express. It looks like William is on track for beginning the next phase of treatment tomorrow (Friday). We almost had a small hiccup at the clinic today when the doctor found thrush in William's mouth. Thankfully the thrush and the medication to get rid of it don't interfere with the antibody therapy.
I spoke with UCSF this week on several occasions, but the most significant, noteworthy information is William's bone marrow still appears to be free of cancer cells, and the metastatic legions in his liver all appear to be cancer free. We officially heard the word REMISSION! The doctor referred to it as a "good remission". Now we hope to make it a "full remission" with the completion of all his treatments.
- Friday--begins subcutaneous shots, GMCSF. I'll administer one shot a day for three days before we head to SF. This is basically a "helper medicine". (I'm too tired to dig up the paperwork to go into more detail and most of you don't care anyway.)
- Monday--William is admitted to UCSF to begin the antibody therapy. He'll receive a 10+ hour infusion each day for 4 days. It will be painful during the actual infusion and he'll have the magic PCA button to manage and maintain his comfort.
- Friday--he'll head home and continue the shots for a week.
- Somewhere in there he'll start taking the cis retinoic acid (similar to Accutane, but we're not treating acne here). This will give him all the same side effects as Accutane. He won't be sporting a healthy summer glow this summer.
- Then he'll be admitted again (just overnight) to receive another "helper medicine"and then hopefully sent home to finish the several days of that medicine, but that will be pending the ability of our home hospital agency to provide a nurse to visit each day to assess William. (Oh, please let this work out so he won't have to spend the week in the hospital.)
- Then we start the process all over again and continue for 5 cycles (1 cycle=approx. 1 month).