The results from today's PET scan were a little disappointing, yet not unexpected. While we had hoped for the last two cycles of chemo to have a more dramatic effect on the amount and activity of Shawn's lymphoma, the reality is that the chemo was only effective in controlling the cancer and keeping it at a manageable level until he can be placed in another clinical study. While some of the cancer cells seem to respond to chemo at the start of a cycle, there are deeper, more resistant cells that continue to be actively growing. The next clinical in which Shawn will participate involves targeting drugs that will hopefully be effective enough to reduce the activity and amount of the lymphoma and diminish it to the point where a stem cell transplant is possible. So for now, we will look toward the next clinical in the hopes that after a couple of months transplant will be possible.
Thank you all for continuing to follow our story, for the positive comments and thoughts, and most of all for your prayers and moral support on this journey. Love and blessings to all of you tonight.