Thursday, September 23, 2010

Great News!

After over a month of confusion and fear we now have a plan! Dr. Femino the orthopedic oncologist at City of Hope compared the pre-surgical MRI with Tuesday's MRI and concluded that no surgery is needed at this time! The last time we saw him he thought for sure she would need another surgery and likely a below elbow amputation, but the MRI results were so good that he said neither would be required at this time! The plan now is to meet with the Radiation Oncologist and schedule her regimen for radiation. She will not require chemo as previously thought and will likely have the Medi-port removed sometime soon. The radiation will be five days a week for six weeks. We will have to follow her wrist closely with MRI's every three months and repeat PET scans to check for any spread.

Dr. Femino said he is hopeful that there will not be any return as the cancer hadn't grown at all since surgery! In fact he said after viewing the MRI that the only reason he knows she has cancer is because of the pathology report. There is no residual tumor or any visible recurrence post surgery! This news was so relieving and we are unbelievably thankful for it! It has been a really stressful and sleepless period of time since she was diagnosed and now we at least have the reassurance of knowing a plan for her recovery! Radiation will be difficult and tedious for her, but things could have been so much worse. Pray that everything continues to be on the up and up!

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes!



  1. Thanks be to God, We are so blessed to have such a caring and loving family, not to mention our friends, They are the best !!

    Thank you God, Thank you God !!

    and thanks to everybody for your prayers.

    I love you Vanessa,

  2. WOW Vanessa!!!! That's fantastic news! Way to go.


  3. Hallelujah!! God has a plan. 14, Vanessa.....14!!

    Love you!!

  4. Tears of Joy streaming down my face! God Bless You! Praise God. I am so, so happy to read this latest post.

  5. What wonderful news! I know this must be such a huge relief after being in limbo for so long. I will continue to pray that the radiation goes smoothly and that Vanessa remains strong in the coming days.


  6. HOOOOORRRRRAAAAAYYYYY!!!! This is the best news!! love you!!!