Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Remember when I said...

"And we know how things can change", well, things have changed for Alan's treatment. As of today, he is not going to be doing the radiation. After a little more researching and council consulting and b/c of a few recent test results, it is not going to be in Alan's best interest to do the radiation.

When Alan and his dad went for the first treatment Monday, Dr. Ross basically just told Alan that things were not looking as clean cut as she would have liked. The radiation was going to hit his other kidney, liver, probably his spinal cord and his bowels. Because Radiation Therapy has not really been proven to help with RCC, and since it looks like it was going to be doing more harm than possibly good, Dr. Ross decided to just not do the radiation and Alan is going to start with the Sutent (oral drug). We hope to hear from Dr. Beck tomorrow to see when he wants Alan to start this drug. There are still side effects with the Sutent, but at this moment, we are just so excited that Alan is not going to have to go through the radiation and he will not have to be away from his family. Man, what a blessing!! The radiation might still be in the future, but that will be if the Sutent does not do what we need it to do. We also found out that Alan's other kidney (the only one he has) is not functioning normal. It is not life threatening, but it was just another red flag as to why to not do the radiation.

Our Dr's in Little Rock have been so wonderful and have really taken their time with Alan's case. At times we thought maybe a little too slow, but we are just glad that they have considered everything for Alan and what is best for him. I would much rather them take their time than just jump to something.

I have probably left out some information, but I had ZERO sleep last night due to my sweet angel Carson. He is still not feeling 100%.

Thank You Lord for answered prayers! I know we have had some powerful prayers coming our way and they are working. Thank You!


Melissa said...

Melissa, I'm thankful Alan won't have to do the radiation and glad he'll be able to be at home during his treatment. What a blessing. I'll pray that his kidney heals and that God will give your entire family the strength and continued faith to deal with this disease. I pray God's perfect will for Alan and the He will bring healing.

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2


anita said...

So glad you guys got in so fast. You will all be in our prayers.