Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Today's news: Quick version

1. The mass in Steve's brain stem is larger.
2. We don't know if it's caused by inflammation or new tumor cells.
3. There is another chemotherapy that he can start using next week, in conjunction with Avastin.
4. His steroid dose has been doubled. If there is improvement in symptoms right away, that indicates the problem is inflammation.
5. Steve has a low hemoglobin count and requires a blood infusion.
6. He has a low white count and may require Neupogen injections.
7. We are home and will return to UT-SW for more labs and infusion (if the right blood is available) tomorrow morning.

I'll offer more details tonight. Please continue to pray for sweet Steve!


Anonymous said...

We are praying and believing that the swelling will go down in response to the steroids. We are thankful and optimistic that it is not new tumor growth and that Steve may find rest and peace tonight! Love you all! The Mango's

Anonymous said...

Precious Tyra and Steve,

I am praying for all four of you. May God give you strength and patience for the day.

Chitnis and Chahal said...

Praying and hoping that its only inflammation.
I want Steve to be well and happy as I first met him.
Will keep the prayers going for him and all of you.

Anonymous said...

Your family is in my prayers daily. I have faith that tomorrow's news will be good news!

Sweetest Whimsy said...

We also hope it's just swelling and the good meds are doing their job. Wish I could be there to make you dinner or help with your mountain of laundry or anything else you need! Lots of love and good thoughts sent your way.