Izzy's visit to the cancer clinic was a rough one today. They drew her blood, gave her a spinal tap, took bone biopsies and administered her chemo. They take the bone biopsies from her hips where her bum and lower back meet. To do the bone biopsies and spinal tap they dope her up so she is loopy and then a nurse proceeds to bend Izzy in to a ball and hold her there for a few minutes while they stick large needles in to her back. It was hard on Kerri and Izzy. However, they did find some comfort in a great play room that the cancer clinic has for the children.
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Below is a calendar of Izzy's treatment plan for the next 5 weeks. They refer to these first 4 weeks as the induction period in which they are attempting to induce the cancer in to remission. They classify remission in Izzy's case as 5% or less cancerous cells in her bone marrow--hence the need for the bone biopsies which measure this percentage. She started at 85%.
The Thursdays in light red will be the tough days filled with chemo, spinal taps and bone biopsies. The Tuesdays will be relatively simple with just blood draws scheduled.
The consolidation period begins after the induction period. The consolidation period is a series of tests and chemo to make sure that her central nervous system is not affected by the cancer.
After the initial induction period and depending on how effective the chemo is against the cancer, Izzy's doctors will adjust the intensity of her treatment plan.
One change to our lifestyle is Izzy's twice a day doses of six medications. Below Lorin and she are getting psyched for the night's dosings.
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