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Jane Niewenhuis Update - January 10, 2017

Here is an update from Mrs. Niewenhuis everyone.  Let's continue to keep her in our prayers.  

Dear Family and Friends,


In the past 2 weeks, I have had a CT scan, an MRI, blood work and a Bone Scan. This evening, my oncologist called with some of the results. Of course I thought about all kinds of questions after I got off the phone, but those will have to wait until my appointment on Monday, Jan.16th. So here's what we know:

MRI: the small tumour on the brain has decreased in size but has not fully disappeared; however, it could just be scar tissue, so not to worry.

Bone Scan: showed improvement in the one spot on the spine but some "denseness" in another spot. However, again, this could be scar tissue.

CT scan: Because I was off of Crizotinib for much of December, Dr. Hao feels it is too early to really see what its effect on the tumour is. In the meantime there is a lot of fluid build-up in the lungs and she wants that drained a.s.a.p. I am happy with that because I'm sure that I will cough less without that fluid there. I will have a repeat CT scan in 6-8 weeks.

Blood work: My liver is managing on this lower dose of Crizotinib (200 mgs.) so I am (happily) able to continue on with this targeted therapy.

Like I said, we have more questions than answers, but will seek further clarification at Monday's appointment. Thank you for all your inquiries and expressions of love and concern. When asked how I am feeling, I say, "I still cough, but not as much; I still breathe heavily but not as often; and I am still tired but not as bad as I was in November!" I am okay.

I love you, Love, Jane (Mom)

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