Wednesday, March 16, 2011

We had some good news today. On Monday I had my 4th chemo treatment. This time they drew blood to check the tumor marker for my upper GI tract where we think the cancer is located. A normal tumor marker for the upper GI tract would be 30. When I first saw my oncologist after Thanksgiving, my upper GI tract tumor marker was 6,000. It was 9,000 by the time I started chemo. The latest test showed the tumor marker has reduced to 5,800 which means the chemo therapy is working. I have a CT scan on next Monday that they will compare to a CT scan I had just before beginning chemo. Hopefully that too will show a reduction in the cancer. This is the first good news we have had since before Thanksgiving, and we thank God for it.

Love,

Scott

4 comments:

Sarah said...

I thank God with you Uncle Scott! I've prayed for you!!

Stephen said...

Thanks for sharing the good news Scott! Our prayers are with you - always.

Truman said...

That was good news, Scott. The experience you're having is also giving the rest of the family a medical education. Maybe some had heard about "tumor markers" before, but I never had. In an e-mail you said you thanked God and modern medicine. As someone who studied chemistry, I want to put a word in also for the chemists who have come up with compounds needed to seek out and destroy csncer cells. We'll pray those "cocktails" will continue to do their work

Eileen and John said...

Praise the Lord! God is good! Scott, you are an example of strength for us all!